Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fifty great novels about madness

At Flavorwire, Emily Temple tagged fifty of the best novels about madness.  One title on the list:
Remainder, Tom McCarthy

In this strange and cerebral novel, an unnamed man receives an enormous settlement after being involved in an accident that “involved something falling from the sky.” But as he recovers, he is struck by a sense of inauthenticity. “Ever since learning to move again,” he says, “I’d felt that all my acts were duplicates, unnatural, acquired.” So, in order to achieve some sort of grasp on truth, he uses his new wealth to obsessively create re-enactments of scenes he either remembers or has imagined, from the utterly banal to the extreme, replaying them over and over again. It’s a kind of madness no one has ever seen before.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Remainder.

--Marshal Zeringue