The Crying of Lot 49

Critical reception

Critics have read the book as both an "exemplary postmodern text" and an outright parody of postmodernism.[2][3] "Mike Fallopian cannot be a real character's name," protests one reviewer.[4]

Self-reception

Pynchon described in the prologue to his 1984 collection Slow Learner an "up-and-down shape of my learning curve" as a writer, and specifically does not believe he maintained a "positive or professional direction" in the writing of 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 until then."[5]


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