(or at least, that's what I like to think)
This is Thomas best novel, along with The end of Mr. Y. I did read it two summers ago while in holiday and, although I jotted down a quick review draft in “Smart women read between the lines” I never got to post it here. Scarlett Thomas provides a quite addictive story in which the main theme is the transformation of human relationships and the philosophical discussion about existence that was before posed in the previous The end of Mr. Y.
I’ve always considered Thomas a science fiction writer in the sense that every one and each of her books pose a metaphysical question, and there are always brilliant and surrealist theories about space – time or magical and powerful formulas like the one in The end of Mr. Y that make you feel like living a second childhood. And so this last book, published by Canon Gate in 2010, is not an exception. Sometimes these theories are variations of existent physic theories or laws ( like quantum physic laws in the aforementioned previous novel) but sometimes they are just inspirations from this laws with no “reliable” scientific source at all. Not that I really care about it. In this case Kelsey’s fictional character poses a similar theory to the Omega Point theory, conceived by French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in the 50s.
Anyways, these theories make you think: really? And then you say: “well, maybe. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if this was true?”. This time Mr. Kelsey Newman’s theory about the end of time and the concept that we are all going to live forever, mixed with a lost female main character Meg, who is stuck in a hopeless relationship and can’t write the book for what she has a deadline, plus the possible existence of a Wild beast in Dartmouth are the ingredients that form this extraordinary baking mixture.
Thomas provides an interesting approach by using the first tense, which makes it easier to identify yourself with the character, and drives the reader through a good time whilst posing universal questions and possible answers in one of her most plausible books. As a plus, the reader might get several ideas about how one can live as a writer by being creative, which is always welcomed.
Our tragic universe is a surprising and entertaining page – turner full of big ideas and energy, perfect for a down time when you need to find meaning in life and learn how to think big again.Or maybe you just want to have a good time, that’s fine too!
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