The End of Mr. Y

By Scarlett Thomas
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780156031615, 416pp.)

Publication Date: October 2006

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Description

A cursed book. A missing professor. Some nefarious men in gray suits. And a dreamworld called the Troposphere? Ariel Manto has a fascination with nineteenth-century scientists—especially Thomas Lumas and The End of Mr. Y, a book no one alive has read. When she mysteriously uncovers a copy at a used bookstore, Ariel is launched into an adventure of science and faith, consciousness and death, space and time, and everything in between. Seeking answers, Ariel follows in Mr. Y’s footsteps: She swallows a tincture, stares into a black dot, and is transported into the Troposphere—a wonderland where she can travel through time and space using the thoughts of others. There she begins to understand all the mysteries surrounding the book, herself, and the universe. Or is it all just a hallucination? With The End of Mr. Y, Scarlett Thomas brings us another fast-paced mix of popular culture, love, mystery, and irresistible philosophical adventure.




About the Author

SCARLETT THOMAS is the author of PopCo and The End of Mr. Y. She has been nominated for the Orange Prize and named Writer of the Year by Elle UK, one of the twenty best young writers by the Independent, and one of the Telegraph’s 20 best writers under 40.




Praise For The End of Mr. Y

PRAISE FOR POPCO

"You might say that Thomas has redefined activism for the Digital Age. Inspired by a venerable tradition, she achieves here a scope and a passion to match the intelligence and empathy her fiction has always had."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Enough code-breaking tips, puzzles and graphs, charts, postscripts and appendixes to satisfy that other mathematician storyteller, Lewis Carroll. "–The New York Times Book Review

"An exciting story with a fantastical twist, dive into the world of Ariel Manto and The End of Mr. Y."  - armchairinterviews.com

"Not only will you have a great time reading this book, but you will finish it a cleverer person."  - Jonathan Coe "[A] journey of wonder and danger. Delicious cross-genre literay picnic, breezy and fiercely intelligent, reminiscent of Haruki Murakami." - Kirkus "A combination of postmodern philosophy and physics, spine-tingling science fiction, clever, unexpected narrative twists, and engaging characters." - Library Journal "[S]mart, stylish and dizzying... Consider 'The End of Mr. Y' an accomplished, impressive thought experiment for the 21st Century." - New York Times Book Review "Literary manna for would-be philosophy nerds. There are little, 100-percent-literary sugar plums to be found in its pages." - Salon.com "Exhilarating. A compulsively absorbing thriller. Mr. Y burorrws into the reader’s brain, stoking a desire for real-world exploration." - Time Out New York




 



"An exciting story with a fantastical twist, dive into the world of Ariel Manto and The End of Mr. Y."



"[A] journey of wonder and danger. Delicious cross-genre literay picnic, breezy and fiercely intelligent, reminiscent of Haruki Murakami."

"A combination of postmodern philosophy and physics, spine-tingling science fiction, clever, unexpected narrative twists, and engaging characters."

"[S]mart, stylish and dizzying... Consider ''The End of Mr. Y'' an accomplished, impressive thought experiment for the 21st Century."



"Literary manna for would-be philosophy nerds. There are little, 100-percent-literary sugar plums to be found in its pages."



"Exhilarating. A compulsively absorbing thriller. Mr. Y burorrws into the reader’s brain, stoking a desire for real-world exploration."

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