The Crying of Lot 49 Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Pynchon's novels are so packed with details and references that there is no lack of things to talk about. It may be that younger students, raised on the cascade of associations poured out by such popular entertainers as Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, and Dennis Miller, will be better able to understand Pynchon's approach to his subject and his technique than their teachers. But the teachers will be better able to identify and explain Pynchon's historical and literary allusions. Thus the best kind of discussion may take place, one in which everyone learns from everyone else.

1. What is Maxwell's Demon? Review Maxwell's hypothesis about this creature in the context of The Crying of Lot 49.

2. Why is Oedipa Maas considered to be Pynchon's most sympathetic character? Do you find that she engages your sympathy? Why or why not?

3. Identify the various forms of communication referred to in the novel. Which...

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