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Codexby Lev Grossman
This clever literary thriller concentrates on a series of incidents that appear straightforward but grow more and more complicated as our protagonist's mission to track down an ancient codex runs eerily parallel to a virtual reality game he's become caught up in. Highly enjoyable page turning!
Synopses & Reviews
About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hot-shot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. When asked to uncrate and organize a personal library of rare books, Edward's indignation turns to intrigue as he realizes that there may be a unique medieval codex hidden among the volumes, a treasure kept locked away for many years and for many reasons. As friends draw Edward into a peculiar and addictive computer game, his obsession deepens as he discovers surprising parallels between the game's virtual reality and the mystery of the codex.
An accomplished and entertaining thriller, Codex explores the mysterious power of books in the medieval and modern ages.
"[A] well-orchestrated final twist bring this intelligent, enjoyable novel to a fittingly understated conclusion." Publishers Weekly
"Takes its place on the shelf of bibliophilic page-turners like Name of the Rose and Possession. Such a good story." The New York Times Book Review
"Blisteringly hot. If you've ever been seduced by libraries and the dusty history of books, put Codex on your list." Santa Cruz Sentinel
"[A] captivating thriller....A trip to England and a well-orchestrated final twist bring this intelligent, enjoyable novel to a fittingly understated conclusion." Publishers Weekly
"Grossman...adds a new twist to the emerging bibliothriller subgenre by combining rare books with computer gaming." Booklist
"Alluring and meticulous. Replete with a sexy duchess, a jaded academic...and a shadowy programmer." Entertainment Weekly
"[A]n artful, populist, conceptually ambitious exercise....An addictive meditation on narrative addictions." Dennis Lim, The Village Voice
About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hotshot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. His task is to search their library stacks for a precious medieval codex, a treasure kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons. Enlisting the help of passionate medievalist Margaret Napier, Edward is determined to solve the mystery of the codex-to understand its significance to his wealthy clients, and to decipher the seeming parallels between the legend of the codex and an obsessive role-playing computer game that has absorbed him in the dark hours of the night.
The chilling resolution brings together the medieval and the modern aspects of the plot in a twist worthy of earning comparisons to novels by William Gibson and Dan Brown, not to mention those by A. S. Byatt and Umberto Eco. Lev Grossman's Codex is a thriller of the highest order.
About the Author
Lev Grossman is a writer and book critic for Time. He has written articles for the New York Times, Salon, Lingua Franca, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York and the Village Voice. He lives in Brooklyn.
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