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Our Tragic Universe

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Scarlett Thomas | Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas

Our Tragic Universe

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Scarlett Thomas
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a C

Thomas has loaded down her talky metaphysical mystery with lengthy regurgitations of literary, existential, and historical theory, but Our Tragic Universe is less a unified whole than a jumbled yard sale of ideas — many of which are still in their boxes, since she hasn’t bothered to unpack them. The writing is often top-shelf — dead fish look ”as if they’d been just about to say something important when they were caught” — and the characters are well drawn. If only she had given us more of herself, instead of just echoing other people’s philosophies. C

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