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Perhaps the best novel I've read in 5 years

  • Apr 16, 2009
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One of the best, most extraordinary novels I've read in a very long time. It is like discovering Neil Stephenson all over again.

This is literature as intended, not a distancing experience, but an engaging, challenging, drawing in, that pushes the limits of what you can tolerate while grabbing you by the throat and not letting go. It is everything the author has and more; it is everything you can accept in a novel and just a bit extra... a brilliant roller coaster adventure into the mind of another person in which the time dilation and perceptual chaos is completely resaonable and not at all alien. 

It is difficult to describe what is terrific about this book  without giving away too much. Hall covers the gamut of most of what is interesting to think about from linguistics to memes to consciousness, psychopathology and far more; but along the way he weaves a nvoel of people and relations that is so compelling that when I finished it I was eager to start again.

Make no mistake; this is not a sterile experimental novel, nor is it a dry exercise in intellectual exploration but an adventure of the mind and spirit not to be missed; a once in a generation joy that cannot be captured in a review nor, I suspect a single reading.

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ISBN-10: 1841959111
ISBN-13: 978-1841959115
Author: Steven Hall
Publisher: Canongate U.S. (April 10, 2007)

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