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Michiko KakutaniHari Kunzru's latest novel…reads like an unlikely mash-up of David Mitchell's willfully complex 2004 novel, Cloud Atlas, and Steven Spielberg's classic 1977 U.F.O. movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, seasoned with some borrowings from David Foster Wallace and Don DeLillo. The book is, at the same time, a wildly ambitious novel that spans centuries; a gripping thriller about a missing child; and a sort of sci-fi tale about pilgrims of various sorts being drawn to a mysterious rock formation in the desert in search of contact with aliens or some sort of higher meaning.
—The New York Times