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Thomas Pynchon

Autor(a) de The Crying of Lot 49

31+ Works 44,884 Membros 677 Críticas 351 Favorited

About the Author

Thomas Pynchon was born in Glen Cove, New York on May 8, 1937. In 1959 he graduated with a B.A. in English from Cornell, where he had taken Vladimir Nabokov's famous course in modern literature after studying engineering physics and serving in the U.S. Navy for two years. He worked as a technical mostrar mais writer at Boeing for two and a half years. Pynchon won the Faulkner First Novel Award for V. in 1963, and in The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), again his symbolism and commentary on the United States and human isolation have been praised as intricate and masterly, though some reviewers found it to be maddeningly dense. With this book Pynchon won the Rosenthal Foundation Award. Gravity's Rainbow, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 1974, is in part a fictional elegy and meditation on death and an encyclopedic work that jumps through time. Pynchon has also written numerous essays, reviews, and introductions, plus the fictional works Slow Learner, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, and Inherent Vice. His title Bleeding Edge made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013. He is famous for his reclusive nature, although he has made several animated appearances on The Simpsons television series. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Thomas Pynchon

The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) 10,938 exemplares
Gravity's Rainbow (1973) 10,657 exemplares
V. (1963) 5,152 exemplares
Mason & Dixon (1997) 4,584 exemplares
Vineland (1990) 4,066 exemplares
Against the Day (2006) 3,153 exemplares
Inherent Vice (2009) 2,976 exemplares
Bleeding Edge (2013) 1,599 exemplares
Slow Learner (1984) 1,467 exemplares
Deadly Sins (1994) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
The secret integration (1980) 45 exemplares
Low-lands (1978) 41 exemplares
Mortality and Mercy in Vienna (1976) 37 exemplares
Entropy {story} (1960) 32 exemplares
The Small Rain (1982) 18 exemplares

Associated Works

1984 (1949) — Prefácio, algumas edições81,187 exemplares
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (1966) — Introdução, algumas edições1,004 exemplares
Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 276 exemplares
Inherent Vice [2014 film] (2014) — Original book — 93 exemplares
Superfiction, or The American Story Transformed: An Anthology (1975) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Unknown California (1985) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (1961) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Best modern short stories (1965) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
The Noble Savage 3 (1961) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Mondaugen — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Aerospace Safety (1960-12 - Vol 16 No 12) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Introduction to Fiction (1974) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



Inherent Vice em Pynchon Pandæmonium (Agosto 2022)
Group Read, April 2019: Vineland em 1001 Books to read before you die (Maio 2019)
The Crying of Lot 49 em Someone explain it to me... (Março 2017)
Club Read 2013 : Kesbooks reading plan em Club Read 2013 (Junho 2013)


I will write a longer review later, but as a very general overview: some of Pynchon's novels may be 'better' or 'richer' in some measure of the word, but V is the most beautiful. It has the most heart.
JasonMehmel | 34 outras críticas | Feb 9, 2024 |
This was a re-read for me; this book is consistently amazing. This time around I noticed a greater melancholy in the story, as though the conspiracy inside was both something desired (to make the world make sense) and something feared (because of a loss of control).
JasonMehmel | 193 outras críticas | Feb 9, 2024 |
An interesting read: the first time I've ready Pynchon writing in an era that I lived in. That makes his wacky characters and odd setups feel harder to swallow, because I'm matching them against a reality. (An older reader of Pynchon would probably feel this as normal.)

At the same time, beautifully crystalline moments come up out of the prose, a Pynchon trademark, and they need the wacky around them to make them shine.
JasonMehmel | 53 outras críticas | Feb 9, 2024 |
Pop goes the weasel! Pynchon's 1960s California-paranoia story of odd names, fractured plot and multiple conspiracy theories is soaked in clever allusion and hieroglyphic metaphor, but never really leads to anything. Indeed, frustration is obviously the point, as this clown-car drama full of interconnected but ultimately unresolved inquiries never arrives at a meaningful pattern but simply cuts to black.

Pynchon artfully distances us from character, plot and emotion - one assumes as an act of dislocating our own deluded efforts to make sense of this complex and chaotic world, and allowing us to feel instead the disorientation and anxiety inherent in a 'post-modern' society, where communication of all kinds is unreliable, uncertain or unfinished despite our efforts to systematise it.

Pynchon packs a lot of sophisticated and tantalising signposting into a short novella, and you can see why armies of smart fans enjoy parsing the under-determined semiotics of Pynchon. But in the end, all the highways in his Golden State lead to the same unrequited longing for answers.
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breathslow | 193 outras críticas | Jan 27, 2024 |


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