Our Tragic Universe

By Scarlett Thomas
(Canongate Books, Paperback, 9781847671295)

Publication Date: April 2011

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


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Can a story save your life?
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.
But who wants to live forever?
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. Does she believe in fairies? In magic? Is she a superbeing? Is she living a storyless story? And what's the connection between her off-hand suggestion to push a car into a river, a ship in a bottle, a mysterious beast loose on the moor, and the controversial author of "The Science of Living Forever"?
Smart, entrancing, and boiling over with Thomas's trademark big ideas, "Our Tragic Universe" is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, how we can rewrite our futures (if not our histories), and how stories just might save our lives.

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