The Crying of Lot 49 Book Summary and Study Guide

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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
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Tristero--is providing no solid answers. Oedipa is forced to examine herself as she plunges deeper into the Tristero conspiracy.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Battle with a psychiatrist    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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