The End of Mr. Y ~ Scarlett Thomas

The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas

Okay, I’ll admit it. While the plot did intrigue me. And yes it was on half price offer. I bought this book, for one reason, and one reason only…

The pages had black edges!!!

Yep, I am that shallow! 😉

As for what I thought of the plot, my first reaction and the only 3 words that have been sitting in this review’s draft version for the last week or so, are, ‘Hmm… Not sure…’ and just over a week later, that pretty much, still sums up my thoughts.

When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can’t believe her eyes. She knows enough about its author, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed. With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself thrust into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel.

As the story develops, the book explores theories about, faith, consciousness, and death. It’s a book that will demand all the attention you can give it, and the more you can give it, the more it’ll reward you. This is a book to curl up on a Sunday afternoon with, not read on the beech, or snatched moments at work.

Ultimately, I’m glad I read the book, enjoyed it, mostly, and didn’t particularly dislike any of it. However, because of everything it is trying to be and do, it does have a bit of a confused identity. Personally I think it could have done with fewer philosophy moments, and focused more tightly on the mystery & adventure elements as I feel while necessary they bogged the story down at times. I can however see that others who will read it, will take the entirely opposing point of view! The fact that both camps can happily read the book, anyway is an achievement in itself and for this alone, the author deserves the platitudes she has received.

And I have to say I really enjoyed the book within the book that features in the first third of this tale, as Arial gets to read the ‘real’ “The End of Mr. Y” so do we.

So, saying all that, and taking my original thoughts in to consideration, am I finally able to choose a definitive opinion on the book? Well all I can say is…

I’m not sure…

Buy, The End Of Mr. Y at Amazon.

7 thoughts on “The End of Mr. Y ~ Scarlett Thomas

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  • November 20 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve just finished reading this, and I have to admit that I first picked it up because of the black page edges too! I loved the book, but agree that it went a bit too technical in places. She has an amazing imagination!

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  • August 21 at 12:05 am

    Nothing wrong with going for aesthetics when picking up a book. Of course you can’t really count my opinion as I did buy a series of James Bond novels just because I liked the retro cover art.

    I’ve read a couple reviews and a handful of blurbs about this book, and now my curiosity is definitely piqued. When a person can’t figure out how they feel about a book, it often means there’s something there that gnaws at your mind. I always want to know what that thing is.

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  • August 20 at 8:12 pm

    Black page edges is a perfectly reason to choose a book if you ask me! 😀

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  • August 20 at 6:22 pm

    “The pages had black edges!!!”
    Ha ha, So true! Glad I did though, cracking read. Maybe it is because I am interested in theoretical physics and the other topics they discussed, but I thought they were a great and added a dimension to the book which I haven’t really had before.

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