Thomas Pynchon's Classic Novel:
The Crying of Lot 49
Quick Author Info. Take a quick gander through this Wikipedia page about Thomas Pynchon:
Wikipedia: Thomas Pynchon.
Wikipedia: The Crying of Lot 49 (first published 1966).
Great Author. I've read several of Thomas Pynchon's novels and other works and enjoyed them very much. It just so happens that this novel (which I read at age 19) is one of the handful of books and films that turned my life upside down (for the better as a writer, a poet, and an artist!).
Odyssey. Pynchon's novel is about a journey, an Odyssey, in which the journeyer is a woman. Pynchon wrote The Crying of Lot 49 as a young man in his twentiessimilar age as F. Scott Fitzgerald writing The Great Gatsby.
I (ahem) might as well modestly add here that I wrote my novel On Saint Ronan Street at 27 while stationed as a young U.S. Army soldier in Cold War Germany). I'll have more to say in these pages about that magical age of 27 in the lives of poets, novelists, and rock stars.
Speaking of Modesty: Thomas Ruggles Pynchon has made a policy all his life of remaining as anonymous as possible. I have achieved the same lack of renown by being ignored, so I have not had to work as hard at it as Mr. Pynchon has. I have the skill to make anonymity look easy, despite having written about fifty books. I can't tell you more about him than Wikipedia and other sources offer. Bringing you news of his work (this novel, my favorite of all time) is the best I can do. His novel is my favorite among a grand assortment of the best literary works ever written. I have many favorites; this one is simply for me (given my circumstances at age 19) the one I love more than any other.
Homage. As noted elsewhere in these pages, by homage I mean something very special. It's not imitation or borrowing. Rather, it's a matter of one artist (me) being so enthralled by the genius and magic of another artist's work that I am transported into the slipstream created by the sense of wonder, and end up writing an entirely new and original work that, for me at least, carries away some of the magic and fragrance of that shamanic experience.