By Lev Grossman
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151010660, 368pp.)
Publication Date: March 2004
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.
About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hot-shot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. When asked to uncrate and organize a personal library of rare books, Edward's indignation turns to intrigue as he realizes that there may be a unique medieval codex hidden among the volumes, a treasure kept locked away for many years and for many reasons. As friends draw Edward into a peculiar and addictive computer game, his obsession deepens as he discovers surprising parallels between the game's virtual reality and the mystery of the codex. An accomplished and entertaining thriller, Codex explores the mysterious power of books in the medieval and modern ages.
LEV GROSSMAN is a writer and book critic for Time. He has written articles for the NewYork Times, Salon, Lingua Franca, EntertainmentWeekly, Time Out NewYork and the VillageVoice. He lives in Brooklyn.
"An exhilarating literary tour de force … mesmerizing from start to finish. A fabulous double-helix of a novel."
"Alluring and meticulous. Replete with a sexy duchess, a jaded academic ... and a shadowy programmer."
"Plays around with narrative in classic postmodern fashion."
"A genuine treat with its sneaky plot and richly-textured storytelling. Moves so fast you won''t realize how smart it is."
"Blisteringly hot .... Put Codex on your list."
"Takes its place on the shelf of bibliophilic page-turners like Name of the Rose and Possession. Such a good story."
"Transcends the current vogue for the archaic--linking the 14th and 21st centuries by considering the powers of parchment and PlayStation."