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Our Tragic Universe af Scarlett Thomas
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Our Tragic Universe (udgave 2011)

af Scarlett Thomas

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If Kelsey Newman's theory about the end of the time is true, we are all going to live forever. But for Meg locked in a dead-end relationship and with a deadline looming for a book that she can't write this thought fills her with dread. Stuck in a labyrinth of her own devising, Meg knows that there must be a way out.… (mere)
Medlem:jemsw
Titel:Our Tragic Universe
Forfattere:Scarlett Thomas
Info:Canongate Books Export (2011), Paperback
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:kindle, novel, 20th C

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I was so taken with PopCo that I decided to read more from Scarlett Thomas so this is my second book.

This is very much like what we get to read in our book group. It is set in a relationship, it is about relationships and not a lot else by my eyes. The characters, at least the two lead females, are credible. The lead male character I found to be a bit two dimensional and he just kind of disappears without any resolution which I found very odd given how prominent he figures in the book. I also found that less than credible given that the book is about relationship that he has no finality either way.

I don’t really get off on this kind of book and God knows there are heaps of them in the bookgroup I am in. I find them a bit dreary and that is how I found this one although I have no doubts whatsoever that it would be very well received by the others in the bookgroup. It is well written but the plot, if there is one, is very woolly. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
Scarlett Thomas has what I believe to be an unusual approach to writing fiction, some of which she delves into in the text of this book. It's all very metafictional with the author/protagonist Meg clearly representing Thomas and also having a protagonist of her own named Meg. Not much happens and in the end I was rather unimpressed with this book as a work of fiction though I was sometimes fascinated with the bits about writing. [full review] ( )
  markflanagan | Jul 13, 2020 |
Vi, the novel's wise sage on this non-hero's journey, aptly says, "'The storyless story is a vagina with teeth.'" Once you get in, it's painful to get out.

Thomas sets readers up for suspense at the very beginning of the novel, alluding to a way to survive the end of the universe--based on a book the first person narrator, Meg, is reading to review for the newspaper for which she writes science book reviews. Except that the book she's struggling to understand and to believe isn't really science, but a common form of pseudoscience masquerading as theoretical physics. It's easy, we learn, to write a fantasy book when you pretend you're writing theoretical physics.

The primary driving force of the novel is not plot (hence Vi's words of wisdom), but character, especially Meg's character.

She, like most of us, wants to be financially successful, at least enough to feel free to think her own thoughts and to, finally, write her own novel. A woman of science, Meg is pushed by circumstances (unemployed live-in boyfriend, novel process that involves more deleting than writing, lots of wannabe writers invading her space, a dog that doesn't need her, except for walks, parents who don't understand her, a former lover who is now a rampantly successful actor who has taken up with her former best friend who dies, maybe) to take Vi's advice and to ask the universe (at least the sea) to improve her lot in life.

Meg believes she's broken the universal balance when, suddenly, she discovers that an IDEA she had is bought by a tv production company that wants to make it into a tv series, so her agent, after taking her cut, sends her a check for 20+ thousand pounds.

Suddenly, she has the funds to do what she wants, if she can only figure out what that is.

Thomas dangles hundreds of potential conflict-resolution plot devices in our faces--from a "beast" roaming the English countryside to various broken relationships--but none are clearly resolved, leaving us with a book with no real plot, a plotless story.

I want to read it again just to see what I might have overlooked the first time!
  hefruth | Feb 25, 2020 |
Okay, so the blurb sounded good. The picture was interesting. The cover called the author "a master of illusion". All of that was misleading. What sounded like a mysterious and fun romp was actually a slow moving, rambling, disjointed mess of Gen-X angst. The characters were all embroiled in messes of their own making, and whined a great deal, while insisting that they weren't going to do things they didn't like or want to do, and not doing any of the things they did like or want to do. There was not one sympathetic character (except the dog), and the pretentious prattling really doesn't belong in fiction (or much of anywhere else). The main redeeming thing about this book is the refusal of the protagonist (an author who spends most of her day slouching around life, sits and writes for minutes at a time, then deletes almost all of what she writes and moans because she can't finish her novel) to buy into the ridiculous ideas being proposed by most of the other characters. Myriad plot lines are introduced for about three pages, and then just sort of drift off. If the goal of the author is to do what her protagonist wants to do and write a storyless story, she has failed. There is a story here - it just isn't a good one. Selfish, indulgent, pretentious, and boring. ( )
  Devil_llama | Sep 5, 2018 |
This was a really bizarre book. The main character is a writer who is 10 years late on finishing her REAL novel, and in the meantime is a ghostwriter for a YA SciFi series (sort of like Carolyn Keene for Nancy Drew-there have been multiple writers under the one name) and living with a man who is quite possibly one of the world's most irritating male characters. Their relationship is toxic and annoying to read about. The woman also has lots of conversations with her friends about the nature of the universe and what it means to live forever. Disconcertingly, much of these conversations or explanations are told through dialog, which sort of made it less interesting to me. I don't know, it was a really weird book. But one of the more original that I've read of late. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 31, 2018 |
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Is it odd to describe a book as kind? The commodity itself seems an increasingly rare thing in an internet-frazzled world, and so how unexpectedly wonderful to read Scarlett Thomas's Our Tragic Universe, a book that brims with compassion and warmth. I agreed with practically none of its arguments, but I was still happy to spend time debating with its characters, who are just like the exasperating, good-hearted real people you'd call your friends.
tilføjet af souloftherose | RedigerThe Guardian, Patrick Ness (May 15, 2010)
 
Thomas has the mesmerising power of a great storyteller – even if you’re not always sure whether what she’s telling you is exactly a story.
 
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If Kelsey Newman's theory about the end of the time is true, we are all going to live forever. But for Meg locked in a dead-end relationship and with a deadline looming for a book that she can't write this thought fills her with dread. Stuck in a labyrinth of her own devising, Meg knows that there must be a way out.

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