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by Scarlett Thomas

eBook Our Tragic Universe download ISBN: 0151013918
Author: Scarlett Thomas
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First edition (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 384
ePub: 1146 kb
Fb2: 1756 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction

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For information about permission to reproduce selections from this. Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003. First published in Great Britain by Canongate Books Lt. 2010. Excerpt from Simulacra and Simulation, by Jean Baudrillard, reprinted by kind permission of the University of Michigan Press. Our tragic universe, Scarlett Thomas. p. cm. ISBN 978-0-15-101391-3.

Our Tragic Universe book. Thomas is clearly intelligent; the ideas and concepts she weaves into her novels are bright, interesting, and fairly potent she. Thomas is clearly intelligent; the ideas and concepts she weaves into her novels are bright, interesting, and fairly potent she knows she's intelligent.

Scarlett Thomas's new novel has a lot to live up to. Her last, The End of Mr Y, was a surprise bestseller that not . Her last, The End of Mr Y, was a surprise bestseller that not only took in quantum physics and deconstructionist theory, but was also a pacy thriller and a touching love story. For the most part, Thomas's fans won't be disappointed by Our Tragic Universe, which continues the philosophical discussion about existence started in Mr Y and has a thoughtful cast of characters. It is let down, however, by its preoccupation with the mechanics of storytelling. Meg, the heroine, is reminiscent of Mr Y's Ariel Manto.

Our Tragic Universe" by Scarlett Thomas was published by Canongate Books in Britain in May; it is out now in America from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. by More Intelligent Life, . From smog to slogTo prevent catastrophic global warming, China must hang tough.

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Smart, entrancing, and boiling over with Thomas’s trademark big ideas, Our Tragic Universe is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, how we can rewrite our futures (if not our histories).

Smart, entrancing, and boiling over with Thomas’s trademark big ideas, Our Tragic Universe is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, how we can rewrite our futures (if not our histories), and how stories just might save our lives. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

For Our Tragic Universe, Thomas has retained the weird while trying to root things in a more familiar and everyday world. Her protagonist is Meg Carpenter, a talented but struggling writer who is torn between the journalistic assignments and ghost-writing projects that support her meager existence, and her real writing : a nebulously defined literary novel she aspires to finish but from which she has somehow deleted more words than she has written.

Can a story save your life?Meg Carpenter is broke. Her novel is years overdue. Her cell phone is out of minutes. And her moody boyfriend’s only contribution to the household is his sour attitude. So she jumps at the chance to review a pseudoscientific book that promises life everlasting.But who wants to live forever?Consulting cosmology and physics, tarot cards, koans (and riddles and jokes), new-age theories of everything, narrative theory, Nietzsche, Baudrillard, and knitting patterns, Meg wends her way through Our Tragic Universe, asking this and many other questions. Does she believe in fairies? In magic? Is she a superbeing? Is she living a storyless story? And what’s the connection between her off-hand suggestion to push a car into a river, a ship in a bottle, a mysterious beast loose on the moor, and the controversial author of The Science of Living Forever?Smart, entrancing, and boiling over with Thomas’s trademark big ideas, Our Tragic Universe is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, how we can rewrite our futures (if not our histories), and how stories just might save our lives.

Comments: (7)
Riavay
I was tempted to give this book one star, but it did have a few interesting sentences and a provocative idea (the omega point, similar to the Eternal Return), but unfortunately, this was the dullest book I've ever read. (Wow!)

Why was it dull? Certainly not because of the philosophical and scientific premises readers were promised the book would be about. These ideas were the only thing that made the book tolerable, as well as the charming character of Bess, the dog.

The book was dull because of the main character's constant whining about her unsatisfactory love life. (Why not leave him? No kids, no ties, nothing holding her but her own pathetic self-pity.) And then there's the "best friend", Libby, another whiner, in the same kind of loveless relationship who is cheating on her rather likeable husband, ruining any chance he has of finding someone who actually cares about him.

If relationship drama was the author's "storyless story", why trick the reader with the Omega Point? Just tell readers straight up this is a Beckett-like exploration of two selfish, self-pitying, and cheating women, not to mention the fact is also a huge waste of trees?

These self-indulgent, whining women had me nearly frantic with boredom, but I stayed because every fifty pages or so, the author inserts an interesting philosophical premise such as writing a "storyless story" and the enigmatic idea of the Omega Point. So if the author can write - which she apparently can - why not write something worth taking up space & time?

Do we readers ever get to explore the author's theoretical premise in depth? Ha - I wish! No doubt because the author didn't care about it to begin with. Did the main character ever explore the "mystery" she claimed was her view of the universe? Uh - No - she mainly whined and knitted (with tedious descriptions on how to knit socks... ummm ... do I need to say more?).

I'm not sorry I read the book. It took place in Devon and surrounding areas which were well described and almost worth the price of sitting through the characters' whining.

Frankly, Bess, the dog was the only refreshing character who had enough sense to live in the moment without judging every single person around her.

I have one more book by this author - and I'll give it a try - but if it's anything like this one, it's getting donated to the library after 30 pages.

Life is too short. Get on with the mystery, and let go of the whining, lady.
Whitebeard
This book came at the right time for me. I've realized that the stories we tell ourselves are often the causes of our problems. Reality is not a story. Instead stories are how humans make sense of reality. As such, I've been interested in writing that does not have standard plots but can still keep the reader's interest. This book is a meditation on storytelling and the nature of reality. It also has a great dog.
Eigeni
i was trying to describe this book to my dad, and kept grasping for words that would neatly explain it. nah, couldn't do it, had to really take some time to think about it. i found that, upon reflection, i'd really like to have spent more time in that cool old town in the uk with meg, the main character. i'd like to hear more about her life, whatever she would choose to share.

the book is complicated by much discussion about philosophy; it seemed a little odd inside a book about a girl breaking up with her boyfriend and taking her dog for walks. but the point is, it worked- for me, anyway. i will be reading more from this writer-i will read anything by a great writer, and this was very well written. it's just a meandering story, peopled with interesting characters, interesting locale, interesting thoughts.....a book that is different, certainly, but not in a bad way.

i recommend this book, if you want to take the time to have a kinda unusual experience.
Unereel
Scarlett Thomas's novel Our Tragic Universe if about a writer that can't write. The perks and drawbacks:

Perks:
- The cover art is awesome and I love the black lined pages
- I really loved the relationship Meg, the main character, had with her dog Bess- they were inseparable
- Thomas did a good job creating a setting for her novel- I really had the feel for this quaint little foggy English village
- The ending- she manned it up.

Drawbacks:
- At time it was just plain boring- some of the tangents that were discussed at the various dinner parties and holidays were exhausting
- The whole "a writer who has writer's block who then writes about their writer's block" is a bit cliche- a bit of a cop out

Not horrible, not the best.