Remainder

Remainder

Book - 2006
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The hero of Remainder is traumatised by an accident that involves something falling from the sky and that leaves him wealthy. He spends his time and money obsessively reconstructing and re-enacting memories and situations from his past: a large building with piano music in the distance, the familiar smells and sounds of liver frying and spluttering, and lethargic cats tumbling off roofs ... But when this fails to quench his thirst for authenticity, he starts reconstructing more and more violent events, including hold-ups and shoot-outs."McCarthy's prose is precise and unpretentious. His anti-hero is a sympathetic Everyman, and it is difficult to resist the dominion of his obsession ... [Remainder's] minatory brilliance calls for classic status." --Independent"Its coolness, with McCarthy's deadpan prose nicely matching his narrator's closed-off state of mind, is itself pleasurable ... Remainder should be read (and, of course, reread) for its intelligence and humour." --Times Literary Supplement"A hypnotic police procedural where the quarry is authenticity and the hope transcendence. It will remain with you long after you have felt compelled to re-read it." --Time Out
Publisher: London : Alma Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9781846880155
1846880157
Branch Call Number: MCC
Characteristics: 286 p.

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norval23
Nov 23, 2014

Man receives large settlement after being hit by random detritus from passing aircraft and then proceeds to use this windfall to attempt to recreate moments of deja vu or glimpses of alternate reality? It is never quite clear... A book unlike no other that for some reason I cannot elucidate strikes me deeply and personally. Not a book full of emotion but more a work of conceptual art. I read and reread this work and always find it gripping yet elusive.

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hughsehler
Jul 21, 2012

I thought the first half of the book describing the journey of someone recovering from major head trauma fascinating, but the book dragged on too long and veered into the surreal after a point.

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educated
Nov 21, 2011

Excellent premise, however the story became very transparent and predictable quickly. Kind of like having appetizers, but no dinner.

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Baharak
Apr 01, 2008

One of the most original novels I have read in a long time. Recommend it highly.

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