|Plot Summary of The Crying of Lot 49|
|"Oedipa Maas, the protagonist of Pynchon's satire novella, finds herself named executor of ex-boyfriend Pierce Inverarity's estate. As she reluctantly takes on the task, she discovers there's more to Pierce than she knew--a gigantic stamp collection. As she goes around California to examine the estate with lawyer/lover Metzger, Oedipa stumbles upon a mysterious conspiracy--the symbol of a muted post horn and the acronym W.A.S.T.E. Mildly interested, Oedipa seems to find the symbol all around her, wrapped up in the perplexing Tristero conspiracy, an illegal courier system, which she discovers is tied to Inverarity's stamp collection. Wracked with paranoia, Oedipa finds her world falling apart, husband Mucho has lost himself to drugs, as has her psychiatrist, and the only dominating force in her life--the mystery of the
Tristero--is providing no solid answers. Oedipa is forced to examine herself as she plunges deeper into the Tristero conspiracy."
Angela Allan, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Crying of Lot 49|
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Time/era of story
- nature of existence (heavy philosophy)
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- Adult or Young Adult Book
Battle with a psychiatrist
- emotionally unstable
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- an organization
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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- actual description of hetero sex
- a lot of play on words
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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