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  • ISBN: 1846880416
  • Author: mccarthy-tom
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  • Rating: 4.4 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 300
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Paperback edition (2007)
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A man is severely injured in a mysterious accident, receives an outrageous sum in legal compensation.

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In his first novel, Remainder, Tom McCarthy tells the story of an unnamed Londoner who has suffered a terrible accident. Emerging from a coma and months of physiotherapy, he awakens into a trance of self-consciousness. Ever since learning to move again, he explains, I’d felt that all my acts were duplicates, unnatural, acquired.

Remainder is a 2005 novel by British author Tom McCarthy. It is McCarthy's third published work. It was first written in 2001, although not published until 2005 (in a limited run of 750 copies printed by the French Metronome Press)

Remainder is a 2005 novel by British author Tom McCarthy. It was first written in 2001, although not published until 2005 (in a limited run of 750 copies printed by the French Metronome Press). The novel was later re-printed by UK publishing house Alma Books; Vintage Books printed the book in the United States.

Tom McCarthy (born 1969) is an English writer and artist. He has written four novels, his debut novel Remainder published in 2005 by Metronome and his most recent published novel, Satin Island, in 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf

Tom McCarthy (born 1969) is an English writer and artist. Knopf. Tom McCarthy was born in London in 1969 and lives in Central London. McCarthy grew up in Greenwich, south London and was educated at Dulwich College (1978 to 1986) and later New College, Oxford, where he studied English literature.

And Tom McCarthy is just smart and witty, and his prose is razor-sharp.

It involved something falling from the sky. Technology. That’s it, really: all I can divulge.

Remainder by Tom McCarthy 286pp, Alma Books, £1. 9. Remainder - hurrah - is one of those books. Its unnamed narrator has suffered a traumatic event. Tom McCarthy's splendidly odd novel has finally reached bookshop shelves via an unnecessarily protracted route. Unable to get past the sceptical marketing departments of the large UK publishing houses, Remainder was first printed in France last year by underground imprint Metronome in a run of just 750 copies.

Tom Boncza-Tomaszewski. London Rev. of Books. Remainder is unusual but fluidly written and funny, and while the theme of urban purposelessness is familiar, Tom McCarthy writes well about mental imbalance and the nature of reality. Simon Baker, The Telegraph. With its clever set-pieces about texting, loyalty cards and pub etiquette, Remainder is an intelligent and absurd satire on consumer culture.

When it had finished gushing it trickled, then dribbled, then dripped grind out another half-drip a f. .

When it had finished gushing it trickled, then dribbled, then dripped grind out another half-drip a few seconds later, and another half-half-drip a few seconds after that. Slowly, tentatively, the three boys edged over to the car and peered in. The youngest one gasped when he saw my trousers soaked in the sticky blue liquid. The other two said nothing: they just stared. I stared too: we all stared at the dashboard and my legs.


Traumatized by an accident which 'involved something falling from the sky' and leaves him eight and a half million pounds richer but hopelessly estranged from the world around him, Remainder's hero spends his time and money obsessively reconstructing and re-enacting vaguely remembered scenes and situations from his past: a large building with piano music in the distance, the familiar smells and sounds of liver frying and spluttering, lethargic cats lounging on roofs until they tumble off them... But when this fails to quench his thirst for authenticity, he starts re-enacting more and more violent events, as his repetition addiction spirals out of control.

A darkly comic meditation on memory, identity and history, Remainder is a parable for modern times.

Comments (7)

I bought and read this novel many years ago, but find myself thinking of it often as it concerns a man trying to verify the authenticity of his experience—as many of us struggle to do in the Trump era. Sadie Smith published a beautiful essay in the New York Review of Books in which she compared Remainder to Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland which was the publishing sensation of the year. Her thesis was that while Netherland was well written and interesting, Remainder was the more important text suggesting new avenues for books. I never got through Netherland, but I have never past Remainder.

This is a valuable read for that person who enjoys a good postmodern read.
"Remainder" is not your average book, and one must submit to the style and story and let it take you. Don't skim. Read every word. Read it out loud. The descriptions are detailed and for a good reason. Not much really happens in the story, but it's the journey that makes the read worthwhile. Think of it as following a man's quest to find happiness...at all costs.
Mind-blowing! Tom McCarthy's first novel is so brilliant you ask yourself how on earth it could have been rejected by so many publishers. The answer probably lies in its originality. Publishing houses like cookie-cutter novels and safe bets, but in doing so they underestimate their readers. If you love Alain Robbe-Grillet's work and are familiar with French structuralist and post-structuralist theory, you will also fall in love with this book.
As the book begins, the narrator (never named) has just received an enormous financial settlement for a traumatic accident which is never quite revealed. With this money he tries to find a moment in time which will deliver him an epiphany, his Faustian "stay a while" moment.

(For those needing a quick refresher: Goethe's Faust tells the devil he may have his soul if he can deliver a single moment so profound, so recondite, that Faust tells the moment, "Stay a while, you are so beautiful." The devil takes him all over the place, gives him all kinds of experiences, but in the end, Faust has a moment of bliss in spite of the devil's efforts, not because of them).

But not just any epiphany, he has a specific scene in mind. And a bizarre scene it is. He buys an entire apartment building. He hires actors to live in the building, each in their own apartment, just practicing to be the person he requires them to be. He does this through a factotum he has hired expressly to make it all happen. He spends Croesean amounts of money to have people live his extravagant fantasy, and re-enact his dream, over and over again, until he decides he's done.

Then he witnesses an incident on the street, involving a car and a bicycle, and spends even more money, using his same logistics manager, to re-enact that scene.

And then he decides to re-enact yet another scenario, even more complicated than before.

What is the narrator searching for? Does he finally achieve it, and if so, what form does it take? Or does he keep going, believing the moment will yet arrive? Did he achieve it, but miss it? Does he give up, understanding the moment will never come? Or does he realize he's already had that moment, and settle down?

And if this is Faust, is there a devil? Is the devil the factotum, that logistics expert who gives him everything he requests? Or is it the narrator himself? After all, he is the one with all the power and money to make it all happen. Or maybe there is no devil at all; maybe the narrator is being driven by his own "inner demons", as it were.

Personally I think the ending is brilliant. Yes, as other reviews have mentioned, it is a bit existential, a bit philosophical, a bit un-plotted; but I like the way McCarthy brings us to the conclusion, and shows us the choices the narrator ultimately makes, and lets us steep in the conclusion to live with our own thoughts and reactions.

And the writing along the way is simply fantastic. I love the way McCarthy applies philosophical filters to everything, how he sees tangible objects and real happenstance in terms of events and interactions, some real and some inscrutable.

A very thoughtful and deep book, a smart retake on the Faustian myth, and a satisfying read.
I found this novel to be a completely effective, and thoroughly entertaining modern existential gem. It sparkles with wit and talent; It was dark, gruesome, hilarious, bizarre, and utterly original. The story of a misanthropic, almost Dostoyevskian victim of falling debris, mental imbalance, amnesia, and an evil imagination; a man turns injury into creative malice, trying to artificially rebuild a broken memory by staging the world around him until reality itself turns wretched, broken and false. See it as metephor, expressionism, or a claim on man's soul, vision, or insight...but see it as a comedy first, because it truly is one of the more risky and out-there comic takes on modern humanity I've yet come across. Virtuosic but somehow simplistic, a great summer read you won't soon forget.
The first 50 pages were tough because I find McCarthy's style to be a bit chatty. But once I got into the neurotic plot/protagonist, then I was involved. If you like a novel with a bit of absurdity, then this might interest you.
You never know what it's about but you're compelled to go further. Once you begin to think you are grasping things, everything shifts until the ground shakes beneath you and the truth reveals itself.

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