[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of Thomas Pynchon’s novel The Crying of Lot 49. To be clear, I’m a big Pynchon fan. I’ve preserved the reviewers’ own styles of punctuation and spelling. More one-star Amazon reviews].
If it were better written, it might qualify as pretentious.
the prose was simultaneously confusing and boring
my first Pynchon novel and probably my last
I am really picky when it comes to reading.
I suppose if you like post modernist crap?
This novel just did not do it for me.
Opaque, muddled, and mindless.
Yuck! Had to read for class. :-(
the characters were unlikable
Reading shouldn’t be work…
If you’re an English major
What is this I don’t even
I didn’t finish it
gacked-up cartoon of a…thing
stupidest thing I’ve ever read
left confused about many things
deliberate manipulation of names
palpably viscerally nauseated and sick
Pynchon and Robbins can just go and get a room.
I love A LOT of post-modern experimental fiction, but
I managed to finish this novel only because it’s short
This is really the worst book I have ever read
loaded with pretentious intellectualism
I find the weirdness too weird
required too much effort
A Silly Word Salad
difficult, delirious writing style
pretentious intellectualism posing as literature
like Sacha Baron Cohen of the dreadful movie “Borat” fame
(modern life is uncertain; there is no guarantee of a happy ending)
Pynchon is a sad man with a rather warped and gloomy view of the world
a prose style that is going to either delight or dismay most readers
physics, Greek tragedies, postal history, drug culture
is bizarre like the author is high when he wrote it
hyperstylized game of literary three card monte
I was expecting a Victorian crime drama
nothing to interest a decent reader
he really should find a day job
the character names; silly
without the humor