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Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
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May 15, 2011

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Read in May, 2011

I can't seem to bring myself to give more than three stars to anything lately, except when it's Thomas Mann. Anyway, I did enjoy this, but it took me a while to realize that, in fact, nothing was going to happen. Of course, a lot of stuff does happen, but it's not significant in the way fiction has made us expect things must be. Which is one of the charms of this book, I guess. Maybe I'd have enjoyed it more if I'd known what to expect; the truth is, I'd just picked it up because a friend had mentioned liking it, which I don't usually do. The long conversations about different theories of the universe and whatnot where interesting, but a tiny bit tedious - maybe those kinds of philosophical conversations only work in 19th century novels. Or maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for this book. It's definitely a good read, I agree with the "brimming with ideas" blurb, not so much with the "addictive" one. Also, maybe Meg's stale relationship with Christopher hit too close to home - not because it's what I have, but because it's what I'm afraid of...

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