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Can a story save your life?

Meg Carpenter is broke. Her novel is years overdue. Her cell phone is out of minutes. And her moody boyfriend’s only contribution to the household is his sour attitude. So she jumps at the chance to review a pseudoscientific book that promises life everlasting.

But who wants to live forever?

Consulting cosmology and physics, tarot cards, koans (and riddles and jokes), new-age theories of everything, narrative theory, Nietzsche, Baudrillard, and knitting patterns, Meg wends her way through Our Tragic Universe, asking this and many other questions. Does she believe in fairies? In magic? Is she a superbeing? Is she living a storyless story? And what’s the connection between her off-hand suggestion to push a car into a river, a ship in a bottle, a mysterious beast loose on the moor, and the controversial author of The Science of Living Forever?

Smart, entrancing, and boiling over with Thomas’s trademark big ideas, Our Tragic Universe is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, how we can rewrite our futures (if not our histories), and how stories just might save our lives.

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"Few writers can mix science, philosophy, and humor as cleverly as Thomas..." Library Journal

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A "delightfully whimsical novel"...Thomas "dexterously mixes the serious with the humorous..." Publishers Weekly

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A "freewheeling intellectual journey with no destination....For the omnivorous reader who, like Meg, can't get enough of the insights and passions and theories and inner lives of others, Thomas's fifth novel should be an addictive delight." Kirkus Reviews

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The newest novel by Scarlett Thomas, this time centering on the end of the universe, the possibilty of superbeings, a mysterious beast of the moor, and the nature of storytelling.

About the Author

Scarlett Thomas is the author of PopCo and The End of Mr. Y. She has been nominated for the Orange Prize and named Writer of the Year by Elle UK, one of the twenty best young writers by the Independent, and one of the Telegraph’s 20 best writers under 40.

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Oleofox, August 24, 2012 (view all comments by Oleofox)
This is one of those books that one seems to stumble upon just when you need it the most. And that is exactly what happened when this book caught my attention when I was visiting our local Borders as it was going out of business. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it is a bit difficult to explain/describe this book. But overall it truly hit on obstacles in my own life. I truly felt a kinship with the main character and her circumstances in life. If you are yearning for a book that makes you sit back and take it one step at a time; and that will make you really think and examine your life afterwards then you should check this one out. It is not a nonfiction self help book about changing your life around but it will undoubtedly cause you to really reflect on your life just the same. And that I believe is the power of greatly written fiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156031523
Author:
Thomas, Scarlett
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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Product details 384 pages Mariner Books - English 9780156031523 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Few writers can mix science, philosophy, and humor as cleverly as Thomas..."
"Review" by , A "delightfully whimsical novel"...Thomas "dexterously mixes the serious with the humorous..."
"Review" by , A "freewheeling intellectual journey with no destination....For the omnivorous reader who, like Meg, can't get enough of the insights and passions and theories and inner lives of others, Thomas's fifth novel should be an addictive delight."
"Synopsis" by ,
The newest novel by Scarlett Thomas, this time centering on the end of the universe, the possibilty of superbeings, a mysterious beast of the moor, and the nature of storytelling.
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