- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (4 Aug. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178239947X
- ISBN-13: 978-1782399476
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Infinite Ground Hardcover – 4 Aug 2016
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Stunning - a totally original, surreal mystery shot through with hints of the best of César Aira, Vladimir Nabokov, Angela Carter, and Julio Cortázar. Smart, clever, and honest. I doubt you've read anything quite like it. --Jeff VanderMeer, author of The Southern Reach trilogy
Weird, wonderful, totally indefinable... If not the Booker, then surely the Goldsmiths beckons --Justine Jordan, Guardian
An accomplished debut. It takes risks and challenges the narrative form. A brave new voice - Martin MacInnes is a writer to look out for.--Jenni Fagan, author of The Sunlight Pilgrims
This is the work of a most singular and inventive mind, matched by writing with real flair and clarity. It is a book alive with ideas and cock-eyed intelligence, brimming with passages of genuine brilliance. Infinite Ground does that magical thing that only the very best novels do: it makes you see the world afresh. Dazzling stuff. --Graeme Macrae Burnet, author of His Bloody Project
Brimming with with strong, startling ideas... A curious and often remarkable book --Literary Review
A novel of intelligence, grace, cunning and warped imagination, one that melds and sometimes clashes styles and influences to create something original and unsettling. It is a bravura performance, and one that announces Martin McInnes as one of our most exciting new voices--Stuart Evers, author of Your Father Sends his Love
Labyrinthine, beautifully written and teeming with ideas about fiction and reality that linger long in the mind... A frighteningly good debut novel --Lee Rourke, author of Vulgar Things
An impressive and finely textured debut... This is fiction as a metaphorical labyrinth of the mind --Edward Docx, Guardian
A talent of the first rank... We want to be informed and entertained, I might also say, provoked and enlarged, and Martin MacInnes delivers on all fronts with writing of genuine bravura and originality--Christopher Potter, author of You are Here and How to Make a Human Being
A brilliant panic attack of a debut novel, Infinite Ground is an investigation into the swarming, sinister beauty of our own microbiology, and a celebration of the all-too-brief splendour of being alive and the enduring splendour of the natural world.See all Product description
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MacInnes uses the familiar narrative ploy of the detective story to tread ground already well worn by Thomas Pynchon in his shorter fiction (most obviously 'The Crying of Lot 49'), though with less of the intellectual horseplay and knowing erudition. 'Infinite Ground' follows an Inspector on a missing person's case during the course of which (surprise, surprise) his own identity starts to fray at the edges and, indeed, so does the identity of everything around him. There's a Burroughsian focus on infection, or specifically, infections which colonise the individual and strip them of their will and finally their own being.Read more ›
It is never quite certain what is happening. Events have the illogic of dream. But Martin MacInnes' evocative prose carries the reader along.
The basic premise is, on the surface, fairly simple. Set in South America during a very hot summer an Inspector is assigned to solve the mystery of a man who disappeared during a family reunion. But things are most definitely not what they seem and this is where Martin MacInnes excels, displaying a prodigious talent for turning the commonplace into the fantastic. He is a creative genius, with an imagination that seems to have no limits.
The first half of the book is fairly comprehensible in terms of a storyline – it’s just highly innovative and very unusual. The concepts are almost mind-blowing and just when I was getting to the point where I thought that my brain couldn’t process any more and was going into overload the book changed. Sadly, the reprieve was not a welcome one. The second half deteriorates, entering completely uncharted territory. It was way outside my levels of both comfort and understanding and just became too weird for me. It culminates in quite a long section which almost defies description – it could be a hallucinogenic vision, a portrayal of madness or the stuff nightmares are made of. Whichever it is, it left me behind and to be honest, I didn’t mind – the places it was going were not places I ever wanted to visit. Whilst I suspected that the narrative was allegorical, I couldn’t divine the meaning and just got more frustrated as the book became more and more surreal.
This is certainly a remarkable novel.Read more ›
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Reading the reviews and the blurb on the cover, this looked like a book I would love. Instead I hated it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PB
As many people here have already explained, the book really is unlike anything you've ever read before. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James Pitcher
I am an avid reader and loathe to give up on a book but this book had to be put down.
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