Remainder A man is severely injured in a mysterious accident receives an outrageous sum in legal compensation and has no idea what to do with it Then one night an ordinary sight sets off a series of bizarre

  • Title: Remainder
  • Author: Tom McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9781846881459
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • A man is severely injured in a mysterious accident, receives an outrageous sum in legal compensation, and has no idea what to do with it.Then, one night, an ordinary sight sets off a series of bizarre visions he can t quite place.How he goes about bringing his visions to life and what happens afterward makes for one of the most riveting, complex, and unusual novels in receA man is severely injured in a mysterious accident, receives an outrageous sum in legal compensation, and has no idea what to do with it.Then, one night, an ordinary sight sets off a series of bizarre visions he can t quite place.How he goes about bringing his visions to life and what happens afterward makes for one of the most riveting, complex, and unusual novels in recent memory Remainder is about the secret world each of us harbors within, and what might happen if we were granted the power to make it real.

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    About "Tom McCarthy"

    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.

    610 thoughts on “Remainder”

    1. this book caused me pain. honest, physical pain, primarily in my neck and shoulders, but also a little bit in my left eyeball, where i believe some cellular degradation and apoptosis took place, and also diffusely and bilaterally in the temporomandibular region. it also induced some psychological and existential suffering, and i believe that this was more the author's aim. that being said, mccarthy comes across as the kind of writer who wouldn't be sad to hear that there were negative physical s [...]

    2. I almost never, ever, give up on books. Even when I’m reading the ones I dislike, I make an effort to reach the end. I don’t think you can fully judge a book unless you’ve read it in its entirety. It would be like a movie reviewer walking out of the cinema half way through and writing up a review for the film nevertheless. It would be incomplete. But this one defeated me. I just couldn’t go on after hitting the half way mark. It’s only the second book during the last four years of read [...]

    3. Zadie Smith praised this book and in her essay on 'realistic' versus whatever you want to call this sort of novel. I'm sure she is smarter than I am and she maybe knows more about literature, but I don't share her enthusiasm for this and I think that there are many better examples of books out there fighting the good fight against the naturalistic / realistic novel. But maybe this is the sort of novel that can serve as a gateway read into the more interesting terrain of 'difficult' literature (o [...]

    4. In a light that is fierce and strong one can see the world dissolve.–Franz KafkaIn his first (published) novel, I am convinced that Tom McCarthy realized his beguilingly strange fictive vision within a degree of perfection. In a skillfully wrought authorial mirroring, every element begets that which renders it contingent—the everyman narrative voice, the unadorned prose, the detached inflection and intonation, the hum of the banal and drone of the workaday, the subdued sexuality, the repetit [...]

    5. Rarely does a book manage to break down the habits and expectations that a reader builds up in a lifetime of reading.Novels conform to schemas: there are quests, there are obstacles to be overcome, there are the universal standbys of love, hate, sex and murder: death must come violently and suddenly in order to grip the reader and to disentangle her from the nasty feeling that it might be her destiny too one day. Of course these are broad and possibly unfair generalisations, but you get the poin [...]

    6. Fascinating, disturbing, strange, compelling. To actually write about Remainder would, I fear, spoil the book for anyone who hasn't read it. Even to list the variety of questions swarming around in my head seems like it could ruin it. So, I won't. I'll just say that this book is unlike anything else I've read and I loved it. I suspect this is going to haunt me for a while. Which is cool.

    7. ingiltere'nin büyük yayıncılarının defalarca reddettiği bir romanmış kalan. küçük bir yayınevi tarafından basılmış, kitapçılara bile dağıtılmamış, derken bir tanıtım yazısıyla eleştirmenlerin dikkatini çekmiş, sonra ödüller almış, yazarına şöhret kazandırmış, on dört dile çevrilmişbu tür başarı hikayelerine sahip romanlar genellikle biçim özellikleriyle ya da diliyle genel kabulden ayrılan romanlar oluyor. ancak kalan, son derece sade/basit bir d [...]

    8. Finally, I finished reading Remainder by Tom McCarthy. I have been reading this 300-something page book, which I purchased based on a recommendation from McSweeney’s, for weeks. Today, I willed myself to finish it.My professors at the University of Maryland, Merrill Feitell and Maud Casey, constantly discuss the importance of the first fifty pages of a book. They believe that these introductory pages can make or break a novel.When Victor LaValle spoke to our workshop, he recalled what it had b [...]

    9. Novela extraña donde las haya, pero también de las que perduran en la memoria tiempo después de su lectura. Mediante una prosa sencilla, Tom McCarthy aborda temas trascendentales como la imperfección de la realidad o la búsqueda de lo auténtico.La historia tiene como protagonista a un londinense que nos irá narrando lo que le sucedió. Acaba de recuperarse de un accidente; algo le cayó del cielo provocándole unas lesiones que le dejaron temporalmente en coma, y borrándole parte de su m [...]

    10. I had to give this book four stars although I can not recommend it. It really drew me in. I couldn't put it down but then as I went on, it became more and more disturbing until it got just outright creepy. This book is so intricate and well-written. I think it will stay with me for a long time, but I don't really want it to. I was SO creeped out by the end of it, I actually felt anxious for several days after finishing it. It affected the way I looked at things around me, the details that you wo [...]

    11. Me and a friend each received promo copies of this far as I understand, it's À rebours meets Groundhog Dayor a man relives aesthetic minutae, or aesthetic minutae becomes his life. Or is that "I and a friend"?Me () received (a) promoI () received (a) promoI and a friend received promo copies of this far as I understand, it's À rebours meets Groundhog Dayor a man relives aesthetic minutae, or aesthetic minutae becomes his life. I received a promo copy of this. A friend did, too. It's À rebours [...]

    12. Flawless. A taut, tidy, disturbing little piece of fiction, and one that certainly won't be for everyone. A novel that should have been stifling and airless somehow manages to feel aerated and cautiously expansive, like an inflating balloon on the verge of bursting. This isn't the sort of book for readers in the mood for something filled with likable characters or lyrical emoting. I love those books, but Remainder is not one of them--it isn't for the heart, it's for the head. It is a thought exp [...]

    13. I *loved* this book, but probably because it has exactly the ingredients I like: "unreliable" narrator, sharp writing, and a page-turning plot -- so hard to find all of these in one book!I thought the premise was moderately interesting, but it's not what captured me. Rather, it was the way the book spun out and the narrator unraveled that fascinated me. And Tom McCarthy is just smart and witty, and his prose is razor-sharp. Reading the other reviews on this site of this book, I was genuinely sur [...]

    14. My girlfriend read this book and hated it. So there are two reasons not to bother:1) I usually agree with her about this stuff, so why waste the time?2) If I read it and love it, she'll just look at me with contempt and shake her head.Sorry, Tom McCarthy. If it makes you feel any better, I decided to probably not read C all on my own. It just seems annoying is all.

    15. "The Remainder" won the Believer book award, and I thought that gave it a good shot towards being something I would like. Boy, I was wrong. This book is awful. It starts out okay, but then it just devolves into the most painful exercise in futility - which may be the point, but God, this book made me mad.The unnamed narrator has come into a huge sum of money by being hit by a flying object. He barely remembers the accident but now he has an ungodly amount of money and nothing to do with it. He a [...]

    16. Tom McCarthy’s Remainder is a stunner, a breathless plunge into one man’s obsession. For anyone who thought existentialism as a genre of fiction tapped out about the middle of last century is in for a treat. This is a very modern take and a story that invites a wonderful bounty of interpretation and handily ducks each of them. A critique of a society where we are increasingly at the mercy of the whims of the rich, on our need for authenticity, locating meaning in the events our urban surroun [...]

    17. Is it a sign of Remainder's greatness or its unevenness that I can't come up with a firm stance on it? Well, you could certainly make the first argument. Zadie Smith argues that this could become the future of literature, a novel that makes no attempt at the transubstantial miracles of more conventional fiction (words become people! And a representation of the noble human soul! Hence, so say the realists, the importance, the importance of their conventions!), and as someone who can take or leave [...]

    18. Remainder is perhaps the most deeply disturbing book I've ever read. I kept having to put it down hoping the plot would change course. Sometimes it did. It didn't really reach the point of no return until toward the end, at which point I couldn't put it down. The writing is odd -- since the book is about patterns and sequences and reproductions, the writing is kind of flat, like the affect of the character, but it is completely successful at achieving this tone. It's kind of like Ben Marcus but [...]

    19. When The Guardian reviewed this novel, they referred to it as "splendidly odd" and I think that is an excellent description. After a major accident and subsequent rehabilitation, a man is triggered by a crack in someone's wall to "re-enact" memories (although they might not actually be memories). As he has £8.5 million in compensation to play with, his re-enactments are extravagant. But, clearly, his mind after his accident doesn't work quite like a "normal" mind. Things spiral downwards.This b [...]

    20. Wow! Hmm. That could be my whole review.I'm glad I kept the faith while reading this book. The first part gives the impression that you're about to read a confessional weepy survivor story, and then the story veers without warning into a story that grapples in the most graphic way possible with the question of what makes our lives meaningful. It plays with the idea that a few perfect moments in one's life, however brief, are all that is necessary to give life meaningd then it subverts this idea [...]

    21. Guy in an accident hits it rich, but with his mind changed by the incident, he sets out to explore what it means to be alive and in the moment. He pays outrageous sums to recreate memories down to the most elaborate trivial detail. He seeks to control the tiniest of minutia, and eventually this leads to an inevitable tragic conclusion. Auster-like at times- this is one of the more bizarre meditations on happiness that you are likely to read. Is the conclusion a cop out? Or does it speak to the i [...]

    22. I think what I liked about this book isn't what most people would likeBut I loved reading about how a very efficient person carried out the very complicated and difficult tasks that were required of him by a crazy person with too much money. It was very deeply satisfying, on a sort of molecular librarian level.I think this would make a great book club book, because it's not too long and is pretty easy to read, and the weirdness of it would give you a lot to discuss.

    23. Creo que es una de las mejores novelas contemporáneas que he leído. Merece una explicación. En el blog. Pronto.

    24. Baffled by the praise for this book, by so many intelligent readers. Normally this would prompt a hesitation and reassessment but this is one of those books that makes me more irritated the more I think of it. I was positioned on the wrong foot by Zadie Smith's glowing suggestion that the way forward from realist novels lies with McCarthy's book (nybooks/articles/archi).Yes, the narrative is unique. A man, newly rich, newly absent his memories, buys scrupulous reconstructions of supremely ordina [...]

    25. A large portion of this book is very good. The writing style could be construed as antiseptic, but I prefer to go only so far as clean and crisp. And the central concept, restoring authenticity (not a great way of articulating it, granted), is very interesting and well treated, with tons of really great scenes wherein the narrator spends a bunch of money to recreate things he's done a thousand times (just read it) -- until the end, which really sucks. It feels as if McCarthy wrote himself into a [...]

    26. A tough but rewarding read. Not tough as in dense -- the book is straightforward and compact -- but tough because it plunges you into the mind of a neurotic, obsessive, disaffected man as he relentlessly examines the deepest extremes of mundanity in an attempt to feel "real". A virtual tour of perspectives on the mind's relation to the world, I would love to discuss this with a philosophy professor, though in tone it felt closest to Camus' The Stranger. Lots to reflect on for yourself based on h [...]

    27. Tom McCarthy çok acayip bir yazar. C'yi de okuduğum için bulduğu konuların ilginçliğinden çok çalışkanlığı, işlediği konuyu en derinine kadar araştırması beni cezbediyor diyebilirim. Büyük bir kazadan sonra "gerçek" olabilmeyi hissetmek adına anlatıcının yaptıkları hem inanılmaz hem de son derece anlamlı. Yazar bizi bu ikilemde sallanırken bırakıyor.

    28. When this kiss is over, it will start againIt will not be any different, it will be exactly the sameIt's hard to imagine that nothing at allCould be so exciting, could be this much fun- Talking Heads, "Heaven"The thrust of David Byrne's odd tribute to the afterlife is the banality of the pleasures that heaven offers. As we're led to believe it, heaven is a place where our most milquetoast pleasures are run again and again -- a kiss, a fun party -- but that it's yet, somehow, still fun. The refra [...]

    29. I was inclined, due to a blurb on the jacket describing the book as a work of "existential horror", to read it as an allegory. I'm pretty sure that this was what the author was going for. In my opinion though, the author fell into every trap that makes writing that sort of book difficult.The main character is a sort of "man without qualities" which is a result of his condition (an accident in which something falls from the sky onto him and places him in a comatose state, which he wakes from with [...]

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