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Tom McCarthy, Author, Stephen Hoye, Read by
Tom McCarthy, read by Stephan Hoye, Tantor Media, unabridged, 11 CDs, 14 hrs., $37.99 ISBN 978-1-4001-1812-0
Reviewed on: 11/29/2010
Release date: 09/01/2010
McCarthy’s third novel hopscotches between a marvelously diverse chain of times and places—from the British countryside to Egypt, from the 1920s to the turn of the 21st century. It’s an overstuffed historical novel that is also an experimental attempt at favoring form over content, which raises the inevitable question: how does an audiobook reader do justice to a book that is simultaneously a story and a story about the telling of stories? The process is maddeningly tricky, but Stephan Hoye acquits himself well. The natural reserve of Hoye’s reading maintains a certain distance from McCarthy’s narrative—a distance that takes on increasing weight as the novel snakes in sidelong fashion toward its metafictional climax. A Knopf hardcover (Reviews, July 26). (Sept.)
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