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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,637 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom McCarthy Narrator: Stephen Hoy Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Serge Carrefax spends his childhood at Versoie House, where his father teaches deaf children to speak when he’s not experimenting with wireless telegraphy. Sophie, Serge’s sister and only connection to the world at large, takes outrageous liberties with Serge’s young body—which may explain the unusual sexual predilections that haunt him for the rest of his life. After recuperating from a mysterious illness at a Bohemian spa, Serge serves in World War I as a radio operator. C culminates in a bizarre scene in an Egyptian catacomb where all of Serge’s paths and relationships at last converge.

Tom McCarthy’s mesmerizing, often hilarious accomplishment effortlessly blends the generational breadth of Ian McEwan with the postmodern wit of Thomas Pynchon and marks a writer rapidly becoming one of the most significant and original voices of his generation.

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  • “Each chapter of McCarthy’s tour de force is a cryptic, ornate puzzle box, rich with correspondences and emphatically detailed digressions. Ambitious readers will be eager to revisit this endlessly interpretive world, while more casual readers will marvel at the high-flying picaresque perched at the crossroads of science and the stuff dreams are made of.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Timothy | 2/15/2014

    " A few lovely passages aren't enough to justify the rest of the story the effectively goes no where. The theme of the book is obvious and repetitious, and the main character, Serge, goes along with out a point. Wasted potential. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David Meakin | 2/14/2014

    " Started promisingly enough, but soon got very dull. No real storyline, characterless and empty. All very high brow no doubt, lots of scientific research and in-jokes, but just seemed quite pretentious. Quite enjoyed the 1920's London section, but other than that not for me. Filing under 'C' for crap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gayla Bassham | 2/14/2014

    " I don't think I quite did this book justice due to exorbitant amounts of work- and life-related stress this week. So, a leeetle difficulty concentrating. My overall impression was that it was really well-written, with some very well-done set pieces, but overall it didn't really hang together. I thoroughly enjoyed the first section of the book (before all that stress hit later in the week) so I might have felt differently had I been able to concentrate a little better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ron | 1/15/2014

    " Not really the "experimental" novel the cover blurbs promised -- I mean, there were comparisons to Joyce and Borges; um, no -- but still a fascinating and compulsively readable novel, with encyclopedic detail of the various scenarios the main character finds himself immersed in during the course of his life. "

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About the Author
Author Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy is a writer and conceptual artist. He is known in the art world for the reports, manifestos, and media interventions he has made as general secretary of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a semi-fictitious avant-garde network. He is the author of Remainder, Men in Space, and Tintin and the Secret of Literature. McCarthy lives in London.