Remainder: A Novel

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Overview

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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Available for the first time on audio, McCarthy's (www.surplusmatter.com) crafty 2007 debut novel tells of an unnamed Londoner who suffers terrible injuries and memory loss upon being struck by "something falling from the sky." Emerging from a coma, he receives an £8.5 million settlement and uses the money to stage elaborate reenactments of events he either remembers or has imagined, in order to jog his memory and discover something about himself that is "authentic." As the reenactments grow more complex, dangerous, and, eventually, deadly, what McCarthy's amoral everyman discovers is dystopia. Actor/musician James Langton's sly, steady narration adds to the tension of this clever story. Highly recommended for appreciators of experimental/literary fiction. [McCarthy is the author of the Booker Prize-nominated novel C, the Tantor Audio edition of which also received a starred review, LJ 11/15/10.—Ed.]—Beth Farrell, Cleveland State Univ. Law Lib.
Publishers Weekly
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. (Feb.)
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"McCarthy's evocation of the narrator's absorption in his fantasy world as it cascades out of control is brilliant." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452630106
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Actor and musician James Langton, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro and The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    Oh yeah.

    What I find interesting is that the two most recent 'reviews' of this title were written by individuals who either a) skimmed the last few chapters or b) did not finish reading the novel (and I suppose one might argue that one who skims is not really reading, at least not for meaning). Yet both readers still felt informed enough to write a 'review.' Maybe I should take this up with Barnes and Noble for calling these comments 'reviews' when really, they're user reactions. But about the book. McCarthy's prose is fluid (much like the cover image), and the bulk of the novel isn't so much plot-driven (though events do escalate in a somewhat thriller-esque way) as reflective and almost philosophical. The book, for me, called to mind Baudrillard's concept of hyperreality and, separately, the extent to which our mental space mirrors reality. It's a fantastic novel, especially for someone who eschews conventional narrative (though McCarthy breaks none of the 'rules' of realism).

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    Brain injury induced narcissism

    The book contains such an original plot that it should be great. Unfortunately the build up to the last 50 pages drags on so much that it is almost painful. I found myself skipping to the last paragraph of each page to determine if anything significant had happened and moving on if the story was static. I would not have finished this book if I hadn't paid for it. I wonder how many people who checked it out from the library actually did finish. If you like repetition and patterns this book is for you. If not,...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    Where's the Rest?

    A strange, intriguing premise, but wholeheartedly empty. It's full of vivid detail 'sometimes too much' but the biggest concerns in the story are left unrevealed. The writing is well enough, but I wouldn't describe it as 'fluid.' So much more could have been done with such original thoughts!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2007

    Insights

    This book was misleading in its purpose from the cover. The main character seems like your average Joe suffering depression. He takes this wad of cash and spends it on his schizoprehnic plans. It is unnerving to think that persons with enough cash could spend it this way. It is interesting to watch his mind unravel, but I too skimmed over much of the final chapters. I would consider trying another of his stories.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2008

    Not for the average reader

    While I agree that this book was steeped in detail almost to the point of driving the reader away, it certainly is an interesting look into what can happen to the brain under severe trauma and to what extent we can be driven to satisfy our brain's demands. As for how he spent his money, that is up to him really, isn't it? Selfishness is instinctual at some level. I would recommend this book to anyone who can appreciate the depths of the brain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2007

    An Engaging Quick Read

    Pick up this book with no expectations and you will be pleased. The premise is highly intriguing- what would YOU do with all of that money? But McCarthy¿s novel falls short of satisfying. It has a great build-up to the first re- enactment, but then seems to fold back on itself. With such thick layering on the characters, it is too bad the story does not keep going and give the reader some closure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Strange is Not Always a Good Thing

    While I enjoy books that are not your typical, run-of-the mill, cookie cutter story, I found this book too out there to enjoy. The story sounded promising, and I was, indeed, hooked at the beginning. By the middle of the story my interest had dropped considerably. In this case, my anticipation for the ending was only so that I could move on to another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    Didn't even finish it!

    I am someone who LOVES stories...especially crazy ones. But this was just too much. It went so far into crazy that I didn't even finish it. I read 3 - 4 books a week, (most recently Running With Scissors and Him, Her, Him Again, The End of Him) and I have never NOT finished a book. The detailed telling of the main character's 're-enactments' went on for so long that I found myself skimming page after page. I kept hoping I'd find some glimmer of sanity to balance the character's clear insanity. While it all may be explained at the end, I'll never know. I just finally had to give up.

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