Our Tragic Universe

By Scarlett Thomas; Sarah Le Fevre (Narrator)
(AudioGO, Compact Disc, 9781609980993)

Publication Date: November 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Paperback, Paperback

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“At the heart of Our Tragic Universe is the concept of the story-less story. Meg is drifting through life, attempting to write her novel, but, struggling, she turns to genre fiction to pay the bills. Her boyfriend, Christopher, is out of work and contributes nothing to the financial situation. Surprisingly enough, the relationship is slowly decaying. Very little action propels the story along; instead, there are the dead-on and inspiring philosophical conversations about heaven, hell, and existence. For a book about nothing, Thomas really knows how to pack a lot into the trajectory of this story, resulting in a very impressive journey. --Jason Kennedy, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin”
-- Jason Kennedy, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI


Meg Carpenter is broke. Her novel is years overdue. Her cell phone is out of minutes. And her moody boyfriend’s only contribution to the household is his sour attitude. So she jumps at the chance to review a pseudoscientific book that promises life everlasting. Consulting cosmology and physics, tarot cards, koans (and riddles and jokes), new-age theories of everything, narrative theory, Nietzsche, Baudrillard, and knitting patterns, Meg wends her way through Our Tragic Universe, asking this and many other questions.

About the Author

Scarlett Thomas is the author of several novels, including PopCo and The End of Mr. Y. She was named one of the twenty best young British writers by the Independent on Sunday and Writer of the Year at the 2002 Elle Style Awards. She teaches at the University of Kent. Visit her online at scarlettthomas.co.uk.

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