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The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

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Jonathan Coe, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim | VIRTUAL INSANITY Jonathan Coe's tech-heavy novel, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Jonathan Coe
publisher:
ePenguin
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

These days you can reach out to people through e-mail, text, Twitter, or Facebook — but what happens when it’s precisely these methods of communication that lead to further isolation? Max Sim has always been a solitary man, but since his wife left him, he’s been more adrift in the world than ever. The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, Coe’s ninth novel cleverly plays with the reclusive-in-plain-sight notion and pokes gentle fun at our society’s love affair with modern gadgetry (Max develops an unhealthy relationship with the woman’s voice on his car’s GPS). It is a compelling, poignant read but occasionally flounders under the weight of too many untidy subplots. B

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