As She Climbed Across the Table

As She Climbed Across the Table

by Jonathan Lethem
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As She Climbed Across the Table 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Part of me wants to hand this book a glowing five star review. Another part wants to give it one star. Its wonderfully written. The story is unique. And there are passages and chapters in it that are things of beauty. At the same time it feels repetitive and trying too hard sometimes to seem funny without actually being funny. So... it cancels itself out and becomes a lack of its own. I would suggest reading it - its short and worth it. Give it a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Follow our protagonist around a university campus as he slowly loses his girlfriend to a wormhole created in a lab. Once you get past the intriguing punch-line of a plot description, what you buckle up for is a lot of physics terminology paralleling jealousy, projection, loneliness etc. Lethem squeezes mileage out of his out-there concept by creating a couple of peripheral characters who don't add enough to the story to justify their existence, something you don't really find out until it's all over. And then... it's over. Just as it begins to ramp up. I can see this functioning better in different scenarios, in longer formats and shorter ones... Ultimately, it's good - or good ENOUGH - but 'satisfying' certainly isn't a word you could use to describe it. Maybe 'incomplete' is.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great, the first 10-15 pages were a little heavy on the physics terminology, but the story is very cool, I agree with the previous reviewer that the last 2 chapters were very odd, but all in all, a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an unexpected pleasure. Lethem's book is funny and smart, and I never knew where it was going to take me next. Some of the characters are unforgettable (Evan and Garth especially), and some of the lines are laugh-out-loud funny (I am the Lorax, I thought, I speak for the trees...). The only place where the book suffers (besides the exhausting physics metaphors) is in the weirdness of the last couple chapters, though the very final paragraph somehow works. I recommend it!