The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

by Jonathan Coe
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The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe

Maxwell Sim can’t seem to make a single meaningful connection. His absent father was always more interested in poetry; he maintains an e-mail correspondence with his estranged wife, though under a false identity; his incomprehensible teenage daughter prefers her BlackBerry to his conversation; and his best friend since childhood is refusing to return his calls. He has seventy-four friends on Facebook, but nobody to talk to.

In an attempt to stir himself out of this horrible rut, Max quits his job as a customer liaison at the local department store and accepts a strange business proposition that falls in his lap by chance: he’s hired to drive a Prius full of toothbrushes to the remote Shetland Islands, part of a misguided promotional campaign for a dental-hygiene company intent on illustrating the slogan “We Reach Furthest.”

But Max’s trip doesn’t go as planned, as he’s unable to resist making a series of impromptu visits to important figures from his past who live en route. After a string of cruelly enlightening and intensely awkward misadventures, he finds himself falling in love with the soothing voice of his GPS system (“Emma”) and obsessively identifying with a sailor who perpetrated a notorious hoax and subsequently lost his mind. Eventually Max begins to wonder if perhaps it’s a severe lack of self-knowledge that’s hampering his ability to form actual relationships.

A humane satire and modern-day picaresque, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim is a gently comic and rollickingly entertaining novel about the paradoxical difficulties of making genuine attachments in a world of advanced communications technology and rampant social networking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307594815
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Coe’s awards include the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Prix Médicis Étranger, and, for The Rotters’ Club, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. He lives in London with his wife and their two daughters.
 
Visit the author’s website: www.jonathancoewriter.com.

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The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was dull and depressing. After 150 pages in, I gave up. I thought the story might be slightly upbeat and quirky, but it was not. Very boring and depressing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"So tell me everything new in your life. All the details, boys, drama, friendship loses, what?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chuckled. "I'm dating someone. Possible prego with his child. Have to check. I've lost quite a few friends. Broke My foot IRL."
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