27 Jul

I read The End of Mr. Y sometime earlier this year. It’s a book about a book about Mr. Y.

This is an intellectual book, so if you’re not prepared to think, and if you aren’t completely blown away by the theories of Jacques Derrida, Edmund Husserl or Jean-Paul Sartre — then you will not be interested in reading this book.

A linear narrative about a young graduate student who discovers a fourth dimension in a rare book that should not have been found. Ariel Manto is a Ph.D. student who is working on her dissertation about an obscure Victorian novelist named Thomas Lumas. Lumas wrote The End of Mr. Y, then mysteriously dies. His is a very rare book that happens to fall into the hands of our young protagonist. As Ariel reads her extraordinary find, we, the readers of our book, also read hers. We are introduced to Mr. Y in-between segments of Ariel’s own story.

The End of Mr. Y is uniquely written in that the reader has two stories to follow. Not a book with flashbacks, too few and the reader is left with questions regarding a back-story; too many and the reader becomes lost to the original storyline, and loses interest. The rendering introduces us to Mr. Y and his unintentional overture into telepath, traveling through time and space, using the thoughts of others.

When Ariel discovers that page 131 is missing from her book, I quickly flip thorough my book only to be disappointed that page 131 is there (it may not be in your copy so don‘t view this as a spoiler).

I remember this to be an enjoyable departure and worthy of a mention.

Fantasy; Philosophy; language theory; conundrums of time paradoxes; and science.

416 pages/Mariner Books – soft cover

Harcourt 2006 1st Edition


One Response to “THE END OF MR. Y”

  1. Lady Fancifull April 8, 2014 at 8:59 p04 #

    Hmm, I loved this, and (sigh) if the TBR pile were not daunting enough, NOW people are reminding me of those books which are screaming to join the TBReR pile, and this is definitely one!

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