Book Review #16 / by Let It Be Raw

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Thomas Pynchon is one of many eccentric author's that has a cult following. People just love this man and his secrecy (I heard that he once jumped out a window to avoid an interview). His paranoia, conspiracies, imagination, and jokes influence every page of The Crying of Lot 49.

It's hard for me to even come up with a short summary of this novel without giving too much, or not enough, away. The main character is a woman named Oedpa (take that, Freud) Maas. She seems to uncover and believe or stumble upon coincidences that lead to a conspiracy theory about a secret postal service that uses garbage cans as mail boxes. Pynchon pokes fun and uses Freud, Americans, postmodern art, the beatles, Nabokov, California, and pop culture references from the 60s.

I know this sounds like something between crazy and too literary, but trust me when I say it is an interesting and fun read. It's even better if you're OK with a book that makes fun of you a little (we all have conspiracy theories, am I right?). You might like it so much that you'll join the Pynchon club and get a tattoo of the conspiracy postal service symbol:

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p.s. Anyone out there doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? You can find me here and we can support each other through the ups and down of insane amounts of writing during the month of November.