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Human Pages
     

Human Pages

by John Elliott
 
A pre-internet Second Life, the business of Chance Company is to offer clients a vacation from their own lives in other, fabricated lives. In this labyrinth of identities, real or assumed, Agnes Darshel searches for her errant father, a search that involves her in the internal conflicts of Chance Company's creation myth and history. Against a dark, atmospheric

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A pre-internet Second Life, the business of Chance Company is to offer clients a vacation from their own lives in other, fabricated lives. In this labyrinth of identities, real or assumed, Agnes Darshel searches for her errant father, a search that involves her in the internal conflicts of Chance Company's creation myth and history. Against a dark, atmospheric background of Europe, the USA, South America and North Africa, themes of exile, real and self-imposed, and the consequences of being on the losing side politically are played out in a shifting underworld where mysteries and crime are never far from the surface.

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Publishers Weekly
The mysterious Chance Company offers customers the ability to assume new identities and plunge into a fantasy world with real-life consequences, in Elliott’s third novel. Ostensibly founded on the ideals of the 1960s, twenty years later the Company seems viciously competitive and corrupt. Just as the internal struggle for power seems to be reaching its peak, client Agnes Darshel, disguised as “Emily Brown,” appears, hoping to find her estranged father. Meanwhile, Agnes’s supervisor, Sonny Ayza, an exile with a troubled family history, struggles to come to terms with his past, present, and future, as well as with the Chance Company. Elliott (Dying to Read) is interested in Big Ideas—identity, reality, the secrets that make us who we are, and the secrets that hold us back—but this novel feels somewhat dated and overstuffed with characters, disguises, mysteries, and revelations. Holding out the promise of an adventure propelled by philosophical inquiry, Elliott’s novel ultimately proves exhausting. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907681189
Publisher:
Avicia Press Limited
Publication date:
10/17/2012
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)

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