Satin Island

Satin Island

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Short-listed for the Man Booker PrizeFrom the author of Remainder and C (short-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and a winner of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, comes Satin Island, an unnerving novel that promises to give us the first and last word on the world--modern, postmodern, whatever world you think you are living in.U., a "corporate anthropologist," is tasked with writing the Great Report, an all-encompassing ethnographic document that would sum up our era. Yet at every turn, he feels himself overwhelmed by the ubiquity of data, lost in buffer zones, wandering through crowds of apparitions, willing them to coalesce into symbols that can be translated into some kind of account that makes sense. As he begins to wonder if the Great Report might remain a shapeless, oozing plasma, his senses are startled awake by a dream of an apocalyptic cityscape. In Satin Island, Tom McCarthy captures--as only he can--the...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781101874684
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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santiano9
Jan 27, 2016

Despite best effort, simply could not get interested in this book. Did not finish.

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RUTH MITTLEMAN
Oct 28, 2015

very interesting!

Aug 10, 2015

The unformed/ ill-formed monologue of a "corporate ethnographer" on modern life as exemplified by corporations, oil spills, deaths-by-parachute... Toward the end there is a bit of novelty having to do with U.'s girlfriend, but mostly this is flat, anemic, soulless.

manoush Mar 17, 2015

The kind of novel that can be read in one sitting. It evokes a strange, disquieting mood, very fitting for its subject matter. The narrator U. is at the vanguard of the new "knowledge economy," a well-paid corporate anthropologist who spends his time coming up with meaningless, fancy-sounding buzzwords for clients to brand and rebrand themselves. The world McCarthy depicts is our contemporary world, where all human connection is mediated by screens, and huge corporations flatten out diversity and individuality. Pervasive anxiety, information overload, and shallow relations between people are the stuff of McCarthy's world. In that sense the novel is an obvious, unoriginal critique of "post post-modernity." The only arresting part of the novel comes toward the end, when U. finally has a substantive, face-to-face conversation with his girlfriend.

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AmyMojoJojo
Mar 03, 2015

Found this via io9's article: http://bit.ly/1wS64ZK
NPR says "the satiny glow of those passages gives a reader hope for some kind of fusion of meaning and feeling in a world that's too carefully restrained." SOLD!

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PimaLib_SherrieB Jun 21, 2016

On design: The end point to which it strives is a state in which the world is one hundred percent synthetic, made by man, for man, according to his desires...

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