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As She Climbed Across the Table (Vintage Contemporaries)
As She Climbed Across the Table - Vintage Contemporaries Author:Jonathan Lethem Philip is in love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack." Alice becomes obsessed wit... more »h Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice.
The novel is at the same time an astute and wise portrait of unrequited love (albeit of a very unusual kind) a hilarious academic parody, a novel of ideas and a social satire. It is utterly original, but in the school of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Katherine Dunn, and David Foster Wallace.
Passion, humor, yearning and knowledge, blended together in a suspenseful love story that could be characterized as "American Magical Realism."« less
This is an exciting and imaginative fiction work by a great, young, Brooklyn-based author. He mixes science, psychology and fantasy all within an academic setting and comes out with a winner. If this story does not leave you shaking your head and smiling you need to refreshen.
Let it be said: I love Lethem's writing. While everything I've read by him is excellent, they have all been very different books.
This one is a surreal heart-breaker, the story of a relationship going slowly down the tubes in the oddest way possible. One the one hand, you feel for the protagonists as they suffer, on the other hand, you're dying to see what bizarre event comes next. Even though virtually nothing happens in the entire book, the pace is fast and the emotions strong.
Wendy C. (yokoloco) reviewed As She Climbed Across the Table (Vintage Contemporaries) on
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Another good one from Lethem. It's a classic breaking up story with a science fiction twist. This book is very fun and actually has some interesting things to say about the modern college teaching environment. Fun read.