Remainder by Tom McCarthy

February 2009

I bought this book on a whim because it sounded intriguing: a man has a mysterious accident, gets paid a huge sum of money by an unidentified group of people, and then starts having vivid visions that he tries to make sense of in a most odd way.

It’s an interesting premise, but ultimately I found the book a tiny bit disappointing because I don’t think it’s as weird and subversive as it thinks it is. Towards the beginning there’s a really great, clever sequence that led me to think the book would be a total mind trip. It didn’t keep up that level of strangeness, though the end does take a nicely odd turn, and the whole thing kept my interest well enough. Not brilliant, but worth a look.

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