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Remainder Paperback – 13 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Alma Books; Paperback edition (13 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846880416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846880414
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A splendidly odd novel... a refreshingly idiosyncratic, enjoyably intelligent read. --The Guardian

Remainder is an intelligent and absurd satire on consumer culture. --The Times

McCarthy's prose is precise and unpretentious. His anti-hero is a sympathetic Everyman, and it is difficult to resist the dominion of his obsession... its minatory brilliance calls for classic status. --The Independent

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Traumatised by an accident which 'involved something falling from the sky' and leaves him eight and a half million pounds richer but hopelessly estranged from the world around him, "Remainder's" hero spends his time and money obsessively reconstructing and re-enacting vaguely remembered scenes and situations from his past: a large building with piano music in the distance, the familiar smells and sounds of liver frying and spluttering, lethargic cats lounging on roofs until they tumble off them...But when this fails to quench his thirst for authenticity, he starts reconstructing more and more violent events, including holdups and shoot-outs. A darkly comic meditation on memory, identity and history, "Remainder" is a parable for modern times.

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