Satin Island

Satin Island From the author of Remainder the major feature film adaption of which will be released in and C short listed for the Booker Prize and winner of the Windham Campbell Prize a novel that promises

  • Title: Satin Island
  • Author: Tom McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9780224090193
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the author of Remainder the major feature film adaption of which will be released in 2015 and C short listed for the Booker Prize , and winner of the Windham Campbell Prize, a novel that promises to give us the first and last word on the world modern, postmodern, whatever world you think you are living in.When we first meet U our narrator, he is waiting out a deFrom the author of Remainder the major feature film adaption of which will be released in 2015 and C short listed for the Booker Prize , and winner of the Windham Campbell Prize, a novel that promises to give us the first and last word on the world modern, postmodern, whatever world you think you are living in.When we first meet U our narrator, he is waiting out a delay in the Turin airport Clicking through corridors of trivia on his laptop he stumbles on information about the Shroud of Turin and is struck by the degree to which our access to the truth is always mediated by a set of veils or screens, with any world built on those truths inherently unstable A corporate ethnographer, U is tasked with writing the Great Report, an ell encompassing document that would sum up our era Yet at every turn, he feels himself overwhelmed by the ubiquity of data, lost in buffer zones, wandering through crowds of apparitions Madison, the woman he is seeing, is increasingly elusive, much like the particulars in the case of the recent parachutist s death with which U is obsessed Add to that his longstanding obsession with South Pacific cargo cults and his developing, inexplicable interest in oil spills As he begins to wonder if the Great Report might remain a shapeless, oozing plasma, his senses are startled awake by a dream of an apocalyptic cityscape In Satin Island, Tom McCarthy captures as only he can the way we experience our world, our efforts to find meaning or just to stay awake and discern the narratives we think of as our lives.

    Satin Island by Tom McCarthy Satin Island is an exasperating novel that occasionally hints at being extraordinary, but the reader s enjoyment of it is constantly thwarted by Tom McCarthy himself Perhaps that is the ultimate point this is one of those eyebrow arched postmodern treatises on the meaninglessness of meaning in our information saturated Dis Information Age. Satin Island Satin Island is a novel written by Tom McCarthy It is McCarthy s fourth novel and fifth book Plot The novel follows a protagonist, U an employee of the Company which is a consulting firm U is a former anthropologist who now applies his skills to cases handled by the Company Tom McCarthy s Satin Island The New York Times Feb , That s what U the protagonist and narrator of Satin Island, the smart, shimmering and thought provoking new novel by the British writer Tom McCarthy, is attempting to do when we first Satin Island A novel Tom McCarthy Jul , Satin Island A novel Tom McCarthy on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Short listed for the Man Booker Prize From the author of Remainder and C short listed for the Man Booker Prize Satin Island by Tom McCarthy Jan , About Satin Island Short listed for the Man Booker Prize From the author of Remainder and C short listed for the Man Booker Prize , and a winner of the Windham Campbell Literature Prize, comes Satin Island, an unnerving novel that promises to give us the first and last word on the world modern, postmodern, whatever world you think you are living in. Satin Island by Tom McCarthy review a brief theory of Mar , Satin Island by Tom McCarthy review a brief theory of everything Packed with daring cerebral insights and swashbuckling prose, McCarthy s latest avant garde novel could be

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    1. Tom McCarthy

      Tom McCarthy English fiction s new laureate of disappointment Time Out, September 2007 is a writer and artist He was born in 1969 and lives in a tower block in London Tom grew up in Greenwich, south London, and studied English at New College, Oxford After a couple of years in Prague in the early 1990s, he lived in Amsterdam as literary editor of the local Time Out, and later worked in British television as well as co editing Mute magazine His debut novel Remainder was first published in November 2005 by Paris based art press Metronome After becoming a cult hit championed first by British webzines it was 3 AM Magazine s Book of the Year for 2005 and then by the literary press, Remainder was republished by Alma Books in the UK 2006 and Vintage in the US 2007 A French version is to be followed by editions in Japanese, Korean, Greek, Spanish and Croatian.A work of literary criticism, Tintin and the Secret of Literature, was released by Granta Books in June 2006 It also came out in France and an American edition is in the offing.Tom s second novel, Men in Space came out in 2007.He has published numerous stories, essays and articles on literature, philosophy and art in publications including The Observer, The Times Literary Supplement and Contemporary Magazine, as well as in anthologies such as London from Punk to Blair Reaktion Books , Theology and the Political Duke University Press and The Milgram Experiment Jan van Eyck Press His story, Kool Thing, Or Why I Want to Fuck Patty Hearst appeared in The Empty Page Fiction Inspired By Sonic Youth Serpent s Tail in 2008.His ongoing project the International Necronautical Society, a semi fictitious avant garde network that surfaces through publications, proclamations, denunciations and live events, has been described by Untitled Magazine as the most comprehensive total art work we have seen in years and by Art Monthly as a platform for fantastically mobile thinking In 2003 the INS broke into the BBC website and inserted propaganda into its source code The following year, they set up a broadcasting unit at the ICA from which than forty agents generated non stop poem codes which were transmitted over FM radio in London and by internet to collaborating radio stations around the world.Tom has also tutored and lectured at various institutions including the Architectural Association, Central Saint Martins School of Art, the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths College and Southern California Institute of Architecture He recently taught a course on Catastrophe with Marko Daniel at the London Consortium.

    768 thoughts on “Satin Island”

    1. What an utterly boring and navel-gazing novel. This was longlisted for the Man Booker!? In this novel we follow a character named U, no really, he's called fucking U, while he wonders and ponders for 200ish pages. I applaud this novel on its brevity, any longer and I would have literally died of boredom. 85% of this novel is just full scientific hokum that will just baffle and confuse any casual reader. Not to mention that it did one of my ultimate peeves. At some parts it reminded me of Palahni [...]



    2. Jonathan Lethem, discussing his resistance to rereading Don DeLillo, wrote that he's "either as great as I thought he was when I thought he made all other writing look silly or he's a total disaster." I thought of that quote often as I read Satin Island. I don't know how to talk about this book other than to say I think it's a masterpiece. How can this plotless novel with a nameless protagonist who spends the course of the book looking at oil spills work so astonishingly well? Why is it a novel [...]


    3. I understand why people don't like this book that much, but I don't completely understand people who hate it. I mean, at some points there is nothing that exceptional. But at others it delivers these moments of clarity and insight that I have never seen put down in words before. And the connected nature of the storytelling and what U. as a narrator is examining was incredibly interesting and thought-provoking. He's not a particularly interesting character, though. He has virtually no personality [...]


    4. Events! If you want those, you'd best stop reading now.About 14 pages in, McCarthy issues this warning, and you should really take it seriously. If you have trouble reading books without things like interesting plots, memorable characters, evocative settings, romance, pacing, or normal narrative structures in general, then McCarthy is not for you. Seriously, turn back now.McCarthy doesn't write; he strolls. He finds joy in things a step below the little things. He would likely be enthralled by a [...]


    5. I give this book one star as a desperate cry for attention, which I figure is okay, since the book's blurb describes SI as "an unnerving novel that promises to give us the first and last word on the world" and suggests that in this book McCarthy "captures--as only he can--the way we experience our world." Take that, entire rest of the world!Of course, the blurb is in part a joke, because the book's main character, U is meant to write a report that is about everything--that will "name the world w [...]


    6. This book gained a lot of publicity last year and seems to have divided opinion. Having heard talk of how McCarthy was reshaping the form of the novel, I was a little surprised how much this retained a traditional fictional structure, even though much of it does consist of semi-random musings on various oddities of modern life, and how they might be interpreted by an anthropologist such as the narrator U, who "works" for a shadowy corporation on a grand unifying project to understand and control [...]


    7. “The first move of any strategy of cultural production, he’d say, must be to liberate things – objects, situations, systems – into uselessness.” ― Tom McCarthy, Satin IslandI'm going to bounce back and forth between three and four stars on this one. When McCarthy is writing about things and dancing through data, symbols, fabrics, etc his prose reminds me of William Gibson and his Blue Ant trilogy. He has a way of organizing chaos or at least describing the chaos in a way that allows [...]


    8. This little corner of the internet, this niche on a server somewhere in Thailand or Romania or wherever the digital archive that is connected with ·Karen·'s GR account is situated, what do you reckon, is that my little piece of immortality? How long after my death will these meandering reviews of books I have read since 2008 be stored, I wonder?I loved this.A running riff throughout the narrative is the story of a parachutist's death, which has its own resonance with me. We share our slightly [...]



    9. One of the most pretentious people I ever met was an anthropologist (the person would literally sniff and turn their noses up after making a point), so it’s no surprise to me that a novel featuring an anthropologist would turn out to be a load of pretentious crap. Because Satin Island is essentially a narrative about narratives (sniffs, turns up nose). Our main character is U, a corporate anthropologist working for a major London consultancy firm that advises global corporations and government [...]


    10. 1.5 stars. I thought about writing a longer review for this, but when I tried to think of what I could possibly say about this book I drew an almost-total blank. Essentially, the one thought this book left me with was: what was the fucking point?Why this has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize I'll never know. Once or twice there were elements that I thought were quite entertaining (U's thought process on how he would have done his speech better was amusing), but for the most part this was [...]


    11. I can honestly say that this book is like no other I have read before but I am totally undecided on whether I loved, loathed or tolerated it! Satin Islandis set in the corporate world and deals with the overwhelming prospect of finding meaning to our existence and our place in the world around us, through an ethnographic approach. It is set out in the format of, what appear to be, seemingly disjointed journal entries penned by our protagonist, U. These entries help to build an image of the man b [...]


    12. I almost gave up on this. I couldn’t get a grip. A GR friend had said there was a great section at the end. I flipped there and discovered where SATIN in the title comes from, and noticed that in The Acknowledgements McCarthy talks about spending his grant time watching video loops of oil spills projected on his office walls. That was my entry point. I started again.This profoundly disturbing novel is written in chapters that resemble memos to oneself while the main character, U, engages in a [...]


    13. Mea culpa! A friend/avid reader was so crazy about this novel, that it convinced me to reread it. To be honest, the first time I didn't find an entrance so I drifted out to reading it impatiently, ending almost diagonally. It was a reading experience of more effort than gain, with more sketchy, blurry texts than oxygen and patterns and it slipped away from me. I sensed it was brilliant but didn't see it.The second time - more patient- I found out that my entrance lay a bit further up the road. I [...]


    14. Interesting enough in places, but Booker Prize material? Nah. U. is a corporate anthropologist in London, coming off the success of the Koob–Sassen contract and facing the blank page of the Great Report he’s been tasked with writing. But not much happens here; the book is much more about his anthropological observations and the things he fixates on, like oil spills, a sabotaged parachutist, and Satin Island – a place he encounters in a dream and then, by word association, likens to Staten [...]


    15. Narrated by an anthropologist working for a large corporation, I'd guess at some point within the next five years, Satin Island deals with some topics I find fascinating that often get a rough ride on : academic analysis of aspects of pop/contemporary culture which are not literary, artistic or scientific; and an area of corporate culture and relations best bracketed under marketing. (I sometimes think I might be the only person on GR who really likes the DFW story 'Mr Squishy', and that that's [...]


    16. Wow is this good - It's a strange, lean little novel/essay that has an incredibly interesting plot that it takes care to never actually show you (much of the critical work I've found is about that plot, which is funny). The meandering little linked essays recall Sebald, and stand as a refutation to 10:04, which I liked but seems bloated in comparison. There's even a superior cephalopod sequence! I loved Remainder, but this really is better. It takes on contemporary issues of attention span and m [...]


    17. Satin Island is an exasperating novel that occasionally hints at being extraordinary, but the reader’s enjoyment of it is constantly thwarted by Tom McCarthy himself.Perhaps that is the ultimate point: this is one of those eyebrow-arched postmodern treatises on the meaninglessness of meaning in our information-saturated (Dis)Information Age.Oops: ‘Treatise’ is one of the words that are struck-through on the cover, along with Report, Confession, Essay and Manifesto. That leaves Novel but th [...]


    18. An odd and somewhat interesting book that felt flawed in execution but worth reading. The main character is an anthropologist with a corporate job, essentially helping to develop consumer cultural insights to help his corporation make more money. The book is split between mundane slice of life experiences and his esoteric/abstract social insights. Which I felt were a mishmash of intriguing analyses and vague bullshit. With quite a bit of denial and rationalization thrown in, to justify his worki [...]


    19. I saw McCarthy speak at the NYC Center for Fiction just a few hours after I finished reading this book. My first of his novels, I was initially attracted by its ubiquitous categorization as avant-garde fiction and then further intrigued by its many comparisons to DeLillo.True to the latter descriptor, Satin Island often reminded me of DeLillo's vision of the Warren Report (apropos Libra) as "the Oxford English Dictionary of the assassination and also the Joycean novel." This link was corroborate [...]


    20. Re-reading this book right after having finished A Brief History of Seven Killings, it made me realize - even more than the first time 'round - how much Satin Island is the anti-novel, anti-realism and anti-plot.The main character, called U, (You, the reader? A reference to Ulysses?) is an anthropologist working for The Company and his main project is to write the ultimate book about our time and age. As I said before, Satin Island is not about plot. If you enjoy books mainly because of the stor [...]



    21. The theme of the conference was -- for once! -- not The Future. It was The Contemporary. This was even worse.Yes, the Contemporary is much much worse than it seems. Or seemed. Things seem quite bad now, but here, a few years back, McCarthy was conducting a mass anthropological excavation of a dysfunctional post-modern world -- vast and inescapable systems, invisible power centers, lost objectivity, sullied data sets, and, at its heart a magnetically fascinating system of waste and decay. McCarth [...]


    22. 1.1 Ever gone to do a quick look-up of something on , and 5 hours later you're still there following links to things you never realised you had an interest in until just then? Yeah, me either *shifty eyes*. That's kind of like this book. We follow U as he moves through "wormholes of associations" (love that phrase SO MUCH), leaping subject to subject, but with common threads he keeps returning to.1.2 When I stop and think about this book too much, I realise I probably don't really understand it [...]


    23. Ostensibly “Satin Island” by Tom McCarthy is a novel about a so-called corporate anthropologist’s attempt to write the so-called Great Report, an ethnographic document summing up our age. But it’s less a novel than any of the struck-through descriptions on its cover: an essay, a confession, a manifesto, a treatise, a report. It may very well be the Great Report itself, even as it’s written not unlike a series of banal fragments by an op-ed contributor at the Guardian or incomprehensibl [...]


    24. Great--now I'll always have to carry around a backpack filled with copies of Remainder. That way, when I slap Satin Island out of the hands of strangers, I can say, "Hey, sorry about that. Read this instead. It's probably the book you were looking for."


    25. Imagine DeLillo or Ballard without either of those writers' command of language. Imagine prose in the style of successful young humanities academics today, who write as if they have read every novel, played every video game, grasped every political theory, and can now proceed to shuffle them around in a snide and knowing way meant to flatter or intimidate a like-minded audience. Imagine a novel that postures as avant-garde, yet wastes a page telling its readers about Schrödinger's cat, as if th [...]


    26. This is a very heady little exercise - a Kafka-esque parable for post-post-modern times, where our narrator is named "U." Just in that choice you'll know if you're inclined to enjoy or hate this book. as calling your first-person narrator "U." embodies a bundle of signifiers both annoying and entertaining. The surprise is that this choice, like much of the book, ends up being genuinely thought provoking. I'm actually one who could jump either way on such things. I tend not to like pretentious bo [...]


    27. Originally published for The Mantle,In his essay “Transmission and the Individual Remix: How Literature Works,” Tom McCarthy simply states that his aim “is not to tell you something, but to make you listen.” In his new novel Satin Island, the mysteriously named U whose first-person introduction is reminiscent of both Franz Kafka and Moby-Dick (“Me? Call me U.”), is an in-house anthropologist for an equally enigmatically named London consulting firm he refers to as The Company.He is g [...]


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