Friday, July 13, 2007
A Strange Book: "Remainder" by Tom McCarthy
My idea of "going out" means going to Barnes and Noble and perusing the books and magazines without buying anything. Last time, I came across this book in the "urban fiction" section which I picked up. All the critic's endorsements on the back cover indicated that this book was "very strange." I was intrigued and had to have it. I took it home and finished reading it in a few sittings. The prose is eerie and haunting. The story is about a man who has been severely injured in an accident he can't remember. As part of his settlement he receives an obscene sum of money. What he does with that sum is, indeed, all very strange.