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Short Synopsis
A brilliant epochal saga from the acclaimed author of Remainder, C takes place in the early years of the twentieth century and ranges from western England to Europe to North Africa.

Full Synopsis
Serge Carrefax spends his childhood at Versoie House, where his father teaches deaf children to speak when he's not experimenting with wireless telegraphy. Sophie, Serge's sister and only connection to the world at large, takes outrageous liberties with Serge's young body—which may explain the unusual sexual predilections that haunt him for the rest of his life. After recuperating from a mysterious illness at a Bohemian spa, Serge serves in World War I as a radio operator. C culminates in a bizarre scene in an Egyptian catacomb where all Serge's paths and relationships at last converge.

Tom McCarthy's mesmerizing, often hilarious accomplishment effortlessly blends the generational breadth of Ian McEwan with the postmodern wit of Thomas Pynchon and marks a writer rapidly becoming one of the most significant and original voices of his generation.

"An avant-garde masterpiece---a sprawling cryptogram---in the guise of an epic, coming-of-age period piece." ---Los Angeles Times

"An extraordinarily transporting novel that manages through its very precision of language to weave a moving, mordantly funny, deeply absorbing narrative into an intricate lattice of ideas." ---The Boston Globe

"Clever, confident, coy---and cryptic." ---The Wall Street Journal

"McCarthy...captures the spirit of the human journey into the 20th century.... Beautifully read by Audie Award winnner Stephen Hoye; recommended for anyone liking inventive historical fiction." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review

"Recommended for those who...are devoted to Thomas Pynchon's brand of maximalism." ---Library Journal

"A fascinatingly original work of fiction." ---Chicago Tribune
Library Journal Audio

The Booker Prize Foundation Bestseller


Author Tom McCarthy

Narrated by Stephen Hoye

Publication date Sep 7, 2010

Running time 14 hrs

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