I don't think this is "Pynchon's attempt at Stream of Consciousness." I think that heading/subtitle is a little out of left field, if you know what I mean. And what I mean is that it is wrong. And when I say "wrong" I mean stream of consciousness does not involve a plot or story and that it also does not involve punctuation, all of which are parts of the novel
Pynchon's Novel is concerned with the possibility of finding enchantment in one's life. It is centered around a female protagonist who starts to think that there is something to uncover, and so she undertakes a sort of noir-esque search for answers to a conspiracy-type situation. Throughout the novella, one questions whether or not there is any sort of conspiracy at all. One is led to doubt the protagonist's findings. It is ambiguous throughout whether or not … more
I was told that this book was a very good intellectual read. I am someone who had previously struggled through Joyce's Ulysses. As difficult for me as that book was, this one was a lot tougher to get through. I am not big on stream-of-consciousness writing and enormous difficulty understanding and following what was happening in this book. I can see that the book has some good writing. I am sure that the book is quite good if it is your style. That is why I am still giving it 3 stars. It is quite … more
What's your opinion on The Crying of Lot 49 a novel?