“The Unnamed”

March 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Fiction | 5 Comments

Then We Came to the End was one of my favorite books of 2008, so when I heard Joshua Ferris had written a new one, I started hopping around in my chair.  I love him.  Now I can tell you two exciting things:  One, The Unnamed is possibly even better, and Two, he’s already writing a new book for us.

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I listened to this book on audio, and Joshua Ferris reads it himself.  You know sometimes when the author reads, it’s flat and lifeless, even when the book itself is brilliant?  Well, Ferris is fantastic.  I could hardly bring myself to finish because I couldn’t stand for it to be over.  Normally I listen to books while doing chores and bustling around the house, but I found within minutes that I would need to sit perfectly still and savor every word.  So I would lie in bed at night, in the dark so as not to bother Rocket Scientist, and listen to only one hour at a time.

No way am I going to spoil anything about this book for you, but I will say it’s the story of a man with a mysterious illness and how it affects him and his family.  It’s also a fine piece of existential philosophy.  It’s heartbreaking and mysterious and really beautiful.

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