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Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
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Jan 26, 2016 | ISBN 9780307739629

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“Smart, shimmering and thought-provoking. . . . Compulsively readable.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Cerebral complexity with a sense of humor. . . . To read Satin Island is to feel as if you’re observing its story through a pane of glass. . . . It’s the same remove from which we experience so many things in our multiscreened lives, our senses averted from the messiness of human life.” —The Boston Globe

“A magisterial ethnographic portrait of our overstimulated, interconnected, simulacra-addicted times.” —The Atlantic

“An undeniably dazzling piece of writing, a perfect tight circle of interlocking motifs, mini-treatises and allusions.” —The Sunday Times (London)

“Ingenious.” —”All Things Considered,” NPR

“Gives the trope of the reluctant detective a fresh turn. . . . McCarthy’s style is at times reminiscent of David Foster Wallace’s stories of characters caught in the gears of consumer capitalism coupled with the whimsy of Jean Philippe Toussaint’s literary situational comedies in which every detail is microanalyzed.” —Los Angeles Times

“A cool, bravura challenge to our conventional expectations of what a novel should offer.” —Financial Times

“Fascinating.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“McCarthy’s crisp, clean prose is stimulating, his concepts original and his visual imagery powerful.” —The Independent

“More entertaining than it has any right to be. . . . Only a writer of McCarthy’s wit could erase the book you’re holding in your hand without entirely alienating his readers.” —“A.V, Club,” The Onion

“The wit shimmers and snaps. The numbered sections, each a single paragraph, are polished little jewels. The humor tilts toward bathos, tumbling from the sublime to the demotic.” —The Nation

“Very funny; intellectually, culturally, uncannily funny.” —The Washington Times

“McCarthy is a terrific satirist, and he’s wonderful at describing what not to do. . . . With Satin Island, [he] has cast a new light on the debate about avant-garde and realist novels.” —Bookforum

“[Satin Island] provokes and beguiles. . . . On finishing it you will have the powerful urge to throw it across the room then the powerful urge to pick it up to read again. And that’s what’s so brilliant.” —The Daily Telegraph

“Hugely impressive. . . . A book that is hugely playful, with great jokes, observations and some fantastically funny set pieces. It is a genuinely challenging book. McCarthy is experimenting, pushing the boundaries of what a novel can be. . . . He is an original.” —Irish Times

“Hilarious in precisely the way that Kafka is hilarious. . . . Lucid, precise, and aesthetically rewarding.” —Flavorwire

“This latest strange, smart narrative experiment showcases McCarthy’s gift for wildly original fiction.” —Booklist


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