Book Reviews of The Investigation

The Investigation
The Investigation
Author: Stanislaw Lem
ISBN-13: 9780156451581
ISBN-10: 0156451581
Publication Date: 7/23/1986
Pages: 224
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Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
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The world isn't scattered around us like a jigsaw puzzle, April 11, 2004
Reviewer: A. G. Plumb "Greg Plumb" (Melbourne, Australia)

This is a wonderful thriller; at times surreal, at times resolvable and at times resolved. But there is a great sense of the unknowable in the face of the 'randomness' of events around us. 'What if life is like a soup with all kinds of things floating in it, and from time to time some of them get stuck together by chance to make some kind of whole?' Yes, this is my experience of life and it comforts me that there are unexplainable things - things that I cannot explain and in a real sense can never be explained. The principal character in this novel carries my own name - Gregory - and that bonded me a bit. But it is the statistician, Sciss, who says 'I don't have any illusions. That's pretty awful you know ....' I identify most of all with that statement, if not Sciss himself.