The End of Mr. Y
A cursed book. A missing professor. Some nefarious men in gray suits. And a dreamworld called the Troposphere?
Ariel Manto has a fascination with nineteenth-century scientists; especially Thomas Lumas and The End of Mr. Y, a book no one alive has read. When she mysteriously uncovers a copy at a used bookstore, Ariel is launched into an adventure of science and faith, consc...more
I'm really not sure what to say about this novel. I think people that like House of Leaves would probably like it for similar reasons though it's not nearly so hard to follow. Her female lead, as in PopCo, is almost frighteningly intelligent, as I'm beginning to suspect Thomas is herself. It's not the intelligence that's entici...more
I read and read, one chapter, two chapter, three chapters...
- I can start later, I will work longer -
...Words, letters, paragraphs...
- I am ill, I need to stay in bed, I will work over the weekend -
To those who have positively reviewed this book noting its intellectualism or creativity or surprise ending, I am glad that you enjoyed it.
I thought the book pointless, rambling, and pseduointellectual. The author quoted the n...more
It wasn't even the constant drip-feed of Philosophy and Quantum Physics that had me yawning and searching for the nearest caffiene source. In fact, that was the most interesting part of the book. (If you can overlook the obsessive name-dropping and reference to Derrida on almost every single page.) The way it...more
The plot is simple-- a grad student stumbles across an extremely rare and purportedly cursed book, reads it, and discovers another world, a world 'made up of thought' which she calls the Troposphere.
The protagonist Ariel is characterized by her disdain of luxury, taste for hard sex, and above all an insatiable desire to know everything. Ariel's curiosity drives the book and leads the reader through Derrida, Einstein, Heidegg...more
A bold and imaginative concept brings together elements of theoretical physics with the thinking of late 19th and early 20th century philosophers, in particular Derrida and Heidegger. I think the very point of the book is to make the...more
The premise is that a graduate student discovers the last copy of an extremely rare book in the world. This book tells the tale of Mr. Y, a gentleman who one night in a seedy fairground discovers the Troposphere, a surrea...more
The ideas that float in and out of the plot line are amazing, taking the reader for a ride through the idea of ideas.
The main character is believable with her flaws and determination. She has a strong voice that you just want to root for, even though you sometimes have no...more
This is the story of Ariel who on getting hold of a copy of The End of My Y in a book shop decides to try a potion mentioned in the book, despite it's supposidly 'cursed' qualities. From this point forward Ariel enters the Tropisphere...more
By page 29 I was hooked. Very, very rare are the books that can deal with thought experiments, old books, and the nature of thought and reality without being utterly pretentious or just bad in other ways. The End of Mr. Y is not. It's philosophical, erotic, mind-boggling, exciting, enchanting and great fun.
I haven't loved a book this much since David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas or Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up...more
Ultimately it did leave me a little cold and addmittedly a lot of the specualtion went over my head. But it's that rare thing, a book full of ideas that also keeps you gripped as a thriller. It's light years better than...more
I recognized right away the standard British plot with a not-very-successful plodder at a university where things aren't going well and she has no money and she just keeps on with the I-shouldn't-be-doing-this habits, and OF COURSE she spends the last of her money on a book. Someone from about 80 years ago ought to get royalties whenever this tired old plot framework is used.
Thomas has made a bit of an effort to modernize the book. Our heroine has an iPod,...more
In a literary world engulfed by werewolves and vegetarian vampires, supported by a te...more
I’m not sure if Thomas read Woody’s story The Kugelmass Episode in advance of writing The End of Mr Y but there are some interesting similarities no...more
However ..... I wish, oh how I wish that Scarlett Thomas would just stop being so patronising with her description, and how I wish sh...more
|Mic Breaks Only: Mr. Y: The End Of: Fin! (Full Book Discussion)||5||14||Jun 16, 2013 08:54pm|
|About the Tincture of Water (Spoilers here? Yup.)||3||47||Dec 02, 2012 03:54am|
|Mic Breaks Only: * Mapping Y to Z! (Free Book Challenge!)||4||12||Sep 01, 2012 09:49am|
|Mic Breaks Only: Mr. Y: Past the Middle: Chp 14 - 18||4||4||Aug 21, 2012 08:38am|
|Mic Breaks Only: Mr. Y: Elevenses: Chp 9 - 13||3||6||Aug 13, 2012 03:23pm|
|Mic Breaks Only: Mr. Y: Beginnings: Chp 1 - 4||4||7||Aug 09, 2012 09:49pm|
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