Remainder

Remainder

by Tom McCarthy
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Remainder 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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NookFanCO More than 1 year ago
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,...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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