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theMystery.doc Hardcover – 5 Oct 2017
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Glued precariously together from the documentary fragments of a shattered culture and a fractured psyche, as with Eliot's Wasteland, Matthew McIntosh's huge and riveting theMystery.doc stakes out its territory in the unbroken ground of a new and unsettling American century. Haunted the same way that contemporary life is haunted - by snapshots and forgotten emails; scraps of dialogue and movie stills - this brave and massively accomplished book is both a savage exorcism and a dazzling celebration of the novel and the human heart, each with their endless possibilities. A transfixing statement in a shimmering new language. - Alan Moore
theMystery.doc may seem capacious but is actually sly, shy, and precise, and Matthew McIntosh is ambitious in the good sense: he attempts something new, with new vitality, and at that, absolutely succeeds.--Rachel Kushner
Thirteen years in the making, theMystery.doc is a 1700-page shapeshifting novel that is unlike any book that has ever been published before.See all Product description
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I gave it five stars because the writing is very good. I tend to get bored, and even a little upset with writing conventions. This book is fresh and new, and I appreciated that. Not everyone will like it because it is artful and different - there are a lot of images and unorthodox configurations of type, but it all has a purpose and is designed to add something to the story. I thought it was very refreshing and interesting. I liked it even better on second read. I would imagine it would make a good book club book because there would be so much to discuss; everyone feeling and experiencing something different. Anyway, this probably all sounds very enigmatic, but that’s just because there is a lot to it. Check it out.