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The Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith
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Jul 13, 2012

really liked it

The Coincidence Engine is an utterly charming, quirky book. It’s not exactly light-hearted, although elements of it certainly are, but the story it tells is ultimately uplifting and hopeful. At the same time, it is surprisingly deep.

Following the intertwined stories of Alex, Bree, Jones, Davidoff, Sherman, and Carey, whose paths are circling closer and closer to each other thanks to a machine that may or may not exist, author Sam Leith expounds on mathematical philosophy, family relationships, responsibility, and the hazy feeling of being the only person in a chain restaurant between lunch and dinnertime. It sounds goofy – and it is – but it all works to tell a fantastical tale in a novel and entertaining way.

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