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Mr. Mee: A Novel

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In this inventive novel, octogenarian book collector Mr. Mee discovers the Internet with life-changing results. Told from the points of view of the guileless Mr. Mee, two eighteenth century French philosophers, and a middle-aged university professor, Andrew Crumey's book concerns the creation and mysterious disappearance of Rosier's...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2002 by Picador (first published 2000)
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Todd Johnson
It's been a long time since I read this, so it's hard to accurately rate it. But, if memory serves, it's a high-3/low-4 type of book. A lot of fun, very inventive, but nothing that you're urgently pressing into the hands of friends.
John
Mr Mee is an improbably naive octogenarian antiquary, living in Glasgow and writing occasional twee essays for journals like The Scots Magazine. His current obsession concerns two minor players in the life of Jean Jacques Rousseau called Ferrand and Minard. His battleaxe housekeeper suggests he get himself a computer rather than continue trying to research such subjects through his dirty, dusty old books. It's not long before his surfing of the interwebs leads him to the joys of online porn: the...more
Alice Furse
I thought this was a good read, very ideas-based and lots to think about, and more accessible than Mobius Dick, with some fantastic moments, and a pleasing feeling of having to work things out and a slow tying together of ideas. There are lots of connections to glean and debates expanded about life and literature, and fantasy and reality: though it steered clear of being overtly metafictional.

However, I did have two small problems with it. Firstly, the chapters alternate between Mr Mee, Ferrand...more
Semnebune
In genere, un roman reflectă în paginile sale înclinațiile și obsesiile autorului: curiozități nesatisfăcute, marote cultivate cu grijă de-a lungul timpului, lumea în care trăiește (mediul social, evoluţia politică), preocuparea pentru un anumit gen de formă/registru șamd. Din acest motiv, am tendința de a recomanda cititorilor să arunce o privire asupra fundalului – viața autorului, plăcerile sale literare și/sau vinovate, vremurile în care scrie. Romanul prinde viață în momentul în care este î...more
Andreea
Definitely an unusual book. Somewhat chaotic, yet enticing, leaping carelessly from one story to the other, from one uncanny character to the other. One must be quite patient when pushing through the first pages. Afterwards, there is no way back. Ferrand and Minard are quite charming, leaving aside the fact that their idiocy might be rather irritating for those unaccustomed to a certain type of character. Rousseau’s biographic details plus a handful of fictional events, characters and situations...more
Simeonberesford
This reads like Poor Things if it had been influenced by Stephenson.[return]The jokes are generally better than Poor Things. Drawing their source about equally from computer science and a literary even a classical education. The maguffin, Rosiers encyclopedia and its more and more unlikely entries providing most of the humour. The first half went well but when life made me pause in my reading, there was litte to help me back into the story. This was quite bleak for most of the second half. [retu...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in September 2001.

What is the connection between a sex site on the Internet, Marcel Proust, and two men who make a minor appearance in the Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau? This self-conscious, literary novel concerns all these things, and though it manages at times to be funny, and at others to be interesting intellectually, it never really quite takes off.

There are three narratives, all connected by the eighteenth century Encyclopedia of Rosier, suppose...more
Emily
I enjoyed it, but it got a little dense in places and the author seemed at times to be very proud of how clever he was being. But then he apparently doesn't trust his readers to figure out how clever he is being, so he practically bashes us in the head with it in the epilogue. An interesting read though, with bits that spiraled hilariously into the absurd, and I do intend to read more of this author. Also, I am now curious as to whether or not Rousseau really was such a complete and utter bastar...more
Robert Wechsler
A wonderful intellectual entertainment. It weaves together three stories that it would be disingenuous to call unrelated, because you know they̕re going to be related. How they̕re related is the novel̕s mystery, and it is not completely solved until the novel̕s last line.

But it̕s hardly a novel of suspense, and the only murder in the novel is by the way. Clever, well-written, the perfect book to take on a trip, to be stuck with all day at an airport when flights are being canceled.
Karina Westermann
I do like Andrew Crumey - "Moebius Dick" was a hugely satisfying read, "Sputnik Caledonia" was great, and "Pfitz" was a really good read. Then I try "Mr Mee" and I stumble into a road block. It's not that I didn't like this book because some great books are intensely unlikable. It is not because I struggled with the book because difficult reads are often rewarding. "Mr Mee" just wasn't very good.
Teena
Clever book about an unworldly elderly man, Mr Mee, whose introduction to the internet changes his life in many ways. This is quite a confronting book, definitely not for everyone, with strange and unpleasant characters. And yet I enjoyed it.
Janet
It was OK, altho I had a little trouble following it since it moved between three different time frames. It's the kind of book that if you read it again, would make more sense.
Yonina
Very amusing book about an elderly Scottish bookworm.....who purchases a computer an enters a new world......much fun and laughter......
Arax Miltiadous
ένα πρόσωπο που ονομάζεται ΕΓΩ αλλά δεν είναι πάντα ο εαυτός μας.

one person called ΜΕ but its ΝΟΤ always ourselves.
Clare
I was hoping this book would be as interesting as "Pfitz", by the same author, but it did not hold my attention.
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Andrew Crumey (pronounced "Croomy") has a PhD in theoretical physics and is former literary editor of Scotland on Sunday. His novels combine history, philosophy, science and humour, and have been praised and translated worldwide. He won the £60,000 Northern Rock Foundation Writers Award, the UK's largest literary prize, for his most recent novel Sputnik Caledonia. It was also shortlisted for the J...more
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