The Quiet Musings

Our Tragic Universe

- May 11th, 2010 -

Our Tragic Universe
Our Tragic Universe is Scarlett Thomas newest book. Revolving around Meg, a commercial fiction writer living in Dartmouth in Devon with her boyfriend. The mood settings resembles her previous book “The End of Mr. Y” a lot, only that one plays in a city and the other in a far less urban environment.

Since discovering Scarlett Thomas I have realy come to love her books, while they are fiction you learn a thing or two about physics and homeopathy. Not two things you’ll come across easily together in one book.

In Our Tragic Universe Meg contemplates her unfinished novel, going back and forth over in which format she should write it. As a matter of fact Our Tragic Universe reads like a story-less story which is the format Meg is constantly mulling over. But this doesn’t mean the book is boring, the story is partly driven by a book Meg mysteriously gets about how we are all immortal.

I new by this piece on the back flap of the book that I was going to like it:

Meg is lost in a labyrinth of her own devising. But could there be an important connection between a wild beast living on Dartmoor, a ship in a bottle, the science of time, a knitting pattern for the shape of the universe and the Cottingley Fairies? Or is her life just one long chain of coincidences?

Just like her previous book it’s a good read that leaves you wanting for more. This is the second time I finished one of her books and wanted something similar to read but I have yet to come across a book that will match her books.