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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
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Jul 05, 2011

really liked it
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Read from July 05 to 10, 2011

Uninterrupted badassery. Only demerits are extreme brevity and a single rhetorical default--really just a pet peeve of mine--wherein one Duke of Ercole is described as "[s]urrounded by treachery on all sides"--grrrrrr.

Includes obligatory play-within-play and numerous metatextualist's references.

Cast of two-off characters is inferior to none, including a fellow who is part of a rightwing group that considers the Birchers to be leftwing, a nazi war criminal hiding in the US, a Mexican revolutionary suffering from an unconventional belief in odd miracles, and various bizarro purported members of an alleged suicide-swinger cult, inter alia.

Suffice it to say that only a master can make a narrative about the postal service intriguing. Very highly recommended.
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