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"Delightful. . . . [Sim is] a fumbling contemporary Quixote."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Very, very funny. There are many contemporary writers who can make you laugh, but Coe is one of the few whose comic set pieces do that and feel like miniature works of art."
--Bookforum

"A compelling, poignant read. . . . Coe cleverly plays with the reclusive-in-plain-sight notion and pokes gentle fun at our society's love affair with modern gadgetry."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Funny, acerbic and, most of all, a novel that could not have been born at any other time than the present."
--NPR

"An amiably lunatic journey into the unknown. . . . Coe's satirical eye is as dependable as ever."
--Financial Times

"A smart satire of materialism and modern life. . . . Coe is a funny writer, and it's a testament to his skill with character that for all of his hero's maddening faults and failures, Sim never wears out his welcome. . . . Much like its targets, the book stubbornly delivers moments of humor and humanity."
--Los Angeles Times

"Most entertaining. . . . A parable about the feeling many now have of not being in control of their own story."
--The Independent (London)

"Cunningly plotted, extremely well-written and very, very funny."
--The Telegraph (London)

"Classic Coe."
--Vogue

"Exceptionally moving. . . . [It tells] us something about loneliness, failure and the inability to cope that we haven't quite read before."
--The Guardian (London)

"Clever, engaging, and spring-loaded with mysteries and surprises."
--Time Out London

"Coe's voice, spoken through Max's perspective, effuses the novel with an easy, understated and satirical sense of humor that is a joy to read. . . . An excellent and entertaining take on how our countless methods of modern communication are making it harder to truly connect."
--The Daily Texan

"[Coe] gives us witty and tender humanity, and reminds us that while the winners write the history, it is life's losers who have the best stories."
--The Spectator

"Masterly. . . . [Coe's] eye for the details of contemporary life remains as sharp as ever."
--Daily Mail (London)

"[A] beguiling combination of picaresque comic adventure, meditation on the idea of meta-narrative, and thought-provoking reflection on the place of social media in our lives."
--Booklist

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1082 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (27 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TSDNAY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Customer Reviews: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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