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Remainder
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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 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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Tom McCarthy. (2007). Remainder. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Tom McCarthy. 2007. Remainder. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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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 recent memory.
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      • source: The New Yorker
      • content: "Hypnotically creepy . . . McCarthy's portrait of the pursuit of total control is arresting, and he is alert to the bland amorality that underlies it."
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      • source: The New York Times Book Review
      • content: "What fun it is when a crafty writer plays cat and mouse with your mind, when you can never anticipate his next move and when, in any case, he knows all the exits to the maze and has already blocked them. . . . McCarthy's superb stylistic control and uncanny imagination transport this novel beyond the borders of science fiction. His bleak humor, hauntingly affectless narrator and methodical expansion on his theme make Remainder more than an entertaining brain-teaser: it's a work of novelistic philosophy, as disturbing as it is funny."
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      • source: San Francisco Chronicle
      • content: "A chillingly clever novel of patterns that fools you into thinking it's a novel about plot . . . [McCarthy] is a new author who's ambitious and intelligent."
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      • source: New York Magazine
      • content: "Fresh, funny, and deeply disturbing."
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      • source: Sarah Cook, The Believer
      • content: "A novel of astonishing genius. . . . . It demands to be read in one sitting. So deftly does McCarthy absorb you into the mind of his hero that you quickly feel you are living with him inside his head. . . . The book caught me in such a delirious spin toward fragmentation and left me feeling every detail of the matter of life more keenly."
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      • source: Details
      • content: "Addictively strange."
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      • source: Bookforum
      • content: "Nihilistically modern and classically structured. . . . Tightly knit, suspenseful . . . [Remainder] pursues an authenticity with the monomaniacal focus of Francis Ford Coppola circa Apocalypse Now. . . . McCarthy tells his tale calmly, as if taking long, yogic breaths."
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      • source: Los Angeles Times
      • content: "Captivating and challenging. . . . Remainder isn't a mystery novel--there's no villain here apart from time and space--so if its core ripples with ambiguity, all the better for the reader, as this is a book to be read and then reread, rich as it is with its insights, daring as it is with its contradictions."
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      • source: Entertainment Weekly, A-
      • content: "The nameless narrator in this eerie debut is a Londoner severely injured in an accident. Months later, he received an £8.5 million settlement on the condition that he never speak about the payout or the incident again--not a problem, since he doesn't remember it. Our hero then begins to wholly recreate and re-enact portions of his old life with a salaried cast of extras, set designers, and stuntmen. In taut and chilly prose, McCarthy describes how this mission becomes a disturbing obsession; the horrifying conclusion is visible 30 pages off, but it's no less shocking when it arrives."
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      • source: Time Out New York
      • content: "Tom McCarthy's first novel offers a vivid, subtle portrait of creeping madness."
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      • source: BookSlut
      • content: "A quick and gritty novel that begs, thanks largely to a cinematic plot, to be read in one sitting."
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      • source: Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude
      • content: "A stunningly strange book about the rarest of fictional subjects, happiness."
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      • source: Scott Smith, author of The Ruins
      • content: "Remainder is a beautifully strange and chilly book. Very smart and unlike anything else you're likely to read."
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      • source: Rupert Thomson, author of Divided Kingdom
      • content: "Tom McCarthy has a singularity, a precision, a surreal logic and a sly wit that is all his own. It will be a long time before you read a stranger book--or a truer one."
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      • source: Time Out London
      • content: "It will remain with you long after you have felt compelled to re-read it."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "An assured work of existential horror. . . . Perfectly disturbing."
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      • source: The Times Literary Supplement (London)
      • content: "Strangely gripping. . . . Remainder should be read (and, of course, reread) for its intelligence and humour."
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        Starred review from May 2, 2011
        Langton summons an impressive array of voices in his charmingly comic rendition of McCarthy's kaleidoscopic novel of transformation, including gruff Scotsmen, simpering Americans, and the deceptively reasonable-sounding protagonist who guides us through a London at once recognizable and strangely altered. The book's protagonist comes into a multimillion-pound windfall after being injured in an accident and finds that the money transforms not only his life but his very self. James Langton's voice is faintly tremulous, emulating McCarthy's tone of affable confusion, but proves itself surprisingly nimble, hopscotching from character to character, and mood to mood, with pleasing flexibility. A Vintage paperback.

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        December 15, 2006
        The nameless British narrator of McCarthy's clever debut is the sort of Everyman one would never want to be. He loses virtually all of his memory in a bizarre accident ("it involved something falling from the sky") and accepts an 8.5 million settlement from the responsible party on the condition that he won't speak a word about the tragic turn of events. Our hero is at a loss as to how to spend the money until, one evening at a friend's party, he experiences a strange flash of deja vu. Inspired by this snippet from his past, he hires a facilitator to help render an exact replica of the tenement-style building he once inhabited. He even holds a "casting call" to select the building's residents, whom he directs to repeatedly perform certain tasks. The narrator then orders reenactments of seemingly random events that run the gamut from inane to insane. Londoner McCarthy delivers crisp, precise prose, though his offbeat tale might have been rendered in far fewer words.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2006, American Library Association.)

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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.
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