Our Tragic Universe

Our Tragic Universe

Book - 2010
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"Meg Capenter is broke. Her novel is years overdue. So when a book called The Science of Living Forever lands on her desk, she jumps at the chance to review it, starting on a labyrinthine journey that takes her from mysterious beasts of the moor to forest fairies to ships in bottles. New Age theories of everything to physics to narrative theory, and forces her to ask: Does anyone really want to live forever? Our Tragic Universe finds connections where we didn't know they existed, breaks down conventions that keep us from our destinies, and shows us how we just might be able to rewrite our futures"--Cover, p. 4.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151013913
Branch Call Number: FICTION Thoma
Characteristics: 372 p. : map ; 24 cm


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fisnik Aug 07, 2013

I took a couple of tries to get started, but I enjoyed it once I got going. The book is very much worth reading. Has lots of intelligent conversations that are very well written. Yes, it's about New Age stuff but it is not a New Age book. And although there is talk among the writer-characters about the "storyless story", the book does have a story - in fact, it has several.
Five stars.

Apr 12, 2011

Took a while to get into & I really wanted to give the main character a bit of a shake at times but ultimately I enjoyed this novel.

Jan 24, 2011

I tried very hard to read this, but I just couldn't.

debwalker Nov 18, 2010

Metaphysical chick lit? Ostensibly the story of a writer adrift in her career and relationship, the book quickly becomes, via the female protagonist’s whip-smart digressions, a meditation on the question of whether life and books are better off plotless.
#1 on the New York Times list of most anticipated fiction and nonfiction of fall 2010.


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