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  •  Mine, either. (3+ / 0-)
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    cfk, rl en france, Monsieur Georges

    As above: Gravity's Rainbow and Mason & Dixon are in the very top tier of my favorite books of all time.  I enjoyed V and most of his short fiction.  I failed to get through Against the Day (but I'm willing to try again).  I hated The Crying of Lot 49.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 10:09:31 PM PDT

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    •  Ah, you've answered my question! (3+ / 0-)
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      pico, cfk, RiveroftheWest

      I tried The Crying of Lot 49 because I wanted to try Pynchon without committing to something gargantuan.  My reaction was, "Meh."  Then I heard that he had described Lot 49 as a potboiler, so he didn't think it was his best work.

      So, anyhow, I guess reading The Crying of Lot 49 got me nowhere as far as getting Pynchon.

      •  From Pynchon himself: (1+ / 0-)
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        cfk

        This is the sole, dismissive reference to "Crying" in his essay on the development of his prose:

        As is clear from the up-and-down shape of my learning curve...it was too much to expect that I'd keep on for long in this positive and professional direction.  The next story I wrote was "The Crying of Lot 49", which was marketed as a "novel", and in which I seem to have forgotten most of what I thought I'd learned up till then.
        So if it didn't work for you, you're in good company.

        But it is his most popular work, and I don't think it's just the length.  I know (multiple) people who've gotten the muted post horn tattoo'd somewhere on their bodies.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 09:53:36 AM PDT

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