Che fine ha fatto Mr Y.
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 -
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
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
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
É importante inserirsi bene nei libri: è come alloggiare in un albergo di qualità infima che ti fa rimpiangere il tuo bel lettuccio a casa o, al contrario, alloggiare in un albergo a quattro o cinque stelle che ti fa dire "ma se potessi, mi prolungherei la vacanza". Questo libro è un alberghetto in periferia a due stelle. Ha un'insegna sgargiante - Che fine ha fatto Mr Y, bel titolo, e 'mazza che figa la copertina, e oh, la tram...more
but in reality, what follows is the author showcasing how much she knows about philosophy and how m...more
The hype totally had me; I couldn't not read it: thought experiments (none actually handled), the nature of consciousness (adding an alternate reality does not interrogate the subject), Derrida...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
Non capisco perché...more
I just loved the mindboggling ideas and theories they discussed and all the ideas it puts into your head.
I also liked the main character despite her more disturbing characteristics she loves books and is so lost in her own live it is endearing. I most liked that you never felt sorry for her - no matter h...more
This is just high end word play, genre play, and book play. You can call it high concept or surreal or the new quantum fiction, or post-modern, where all of the rules are twisted an...more
AND THE AUTHOR (and her protagonist) ARE COMPLETELY UP THEIR OWN ARSES. FAIL!!!!
Now, maybe you can get past vomit-inducingly bad sentences like this:
This is a bona fide masterpiece; it's reminiscent of the films The Matrix and Ghost In The Shell, whilst also cramming in a thousand fantastic ideas. A dense, complex but massively satisfying and compulsive read - the summary on the back cover gives very little away and merely mentions the catalyst of a cursed book, and to be honest the less you know about the rest of the plot and ideas the better. Put it another way - a friend practically insisted I take this b...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
It starts out as a thriller/mistery and it is pretty captivating at the beginning (first 200 pages or so), but then it degenerates into a philosophical-religious-physic "who knows what" book with heavy references to Derrida and Heidegger that now make you think you are reading a text book on all the above subjects and you are trying hard to memorize all the facts. It is not pleasent as reading "Sophie's World...more
È scritto senza criterio. Non è neanche questione di "oh, scrive improvvisamente e usa tanti altri avverbi inutili, che cessa". È proprio questione di logica. Il fastidio c'è a pelle.
L'autrice usa la prima persona al presente, che di norma comporterebbe un ritmo serrato e pensieri come flussi di coscienza. Qui invece il tono è quello di chi scrive delle memorie e si rivolge a un lettore, sia per l'uso dei "penso che", "credo che", "mi chiedo se", "mi viene in mente che" (a volte seguit...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
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