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Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
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it was amazing

Wow is this good - It's a strange, lean little novel/essay that has an incredibly interesting plot that it takes care to never actually show you (much of the critical work I've found on here is about that plot, which is funny). The meandering little linked essays recall Sebald, and stand as a refutation to 10:04, which I liked but seems bloated in comparison. There's even a superior cephalopod sequence! I loved McCarthy's Remainder, but this really is better. It takes on contemporary issues of attention span and monomaniac fixation and treats them anthropologically, without ever being boring or bogging down. There's an absolutely masterful sequence at the end of the book (I worry that people won't get to it) that's one of the most weird, exciting things I've read in a long time.
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February 23, 2015 – Shelved
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Trish If you still have the book around, perhaps you can give us a hint where the passage is that you so loved at the end.


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