As She Climbed Across the Table

As She Climbed Across the Table

Book - 1997
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Philip is in love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack." Alice becomes obsessed with Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice. The novel is at the same time an astute and wise portrait of unrequited love (albeit of a very unusual kind) a hilarious academic parody, a novel of ideas and a social satire. It is utterly original, but in the school of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Katherine Dunn, and David Foster Wallace. Passion, humor, yearning and knowledge, blended together in a suspenseful love story that could be characterized as "American Magical Realism."
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385485173
0385485174
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 22 cm.

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miss_moneypenny
Jan 03, 2014

I loved the idea of this book, and I loved the premise...but overall it kind of fell flat for me. I found all of the characters unlikable, and the ending disappointing.

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