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S.

de Doug Dorst, J.J. Abrams (Creator), V.M. Straka (Pseudonym)

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2,537794,908 (3.82)1 / 70
"A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown. The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey. The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world's greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him. The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they're willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears."--Slipcase.… (més)
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I listened to an interview with Doug Dorst after posting this 3 star review and, in light of new insights, will revisit the novel again in the future. Call it a pending 3 star. ( )
  MakebaT | Sep 3, 2022 |
Un libro, due lettori, un mondo di pericolo e desiderio... Una giovane bibliotecaria trova per caso un libro lasciato fuori posto da uno sconosciuto: un lettore intrigato, rapito dalla storia e dal suo misterioso autore, come rivelano le note che ha appuntato a margine. Lei gli risponderà con note di suo pugno, dando inizio a un singolare dialogo che li condurrà insieme in un mondo sconosciuto. Il libro: La nave di Teseo, l'ultimo, discusso romanzo di V.M. Straka - autore prolifico quanto enigmatico - nel quale un uomo senza passato viene rapito e imbarcato a forza su una strana nave dal terrificante equipaggio e lanciato verso i pericoli di una missione ignota. L'autore: Straka, oscuro e discusso protagonista di uno dei più grandi misteri del mondo; rivoluzionario di cui nulla si conosce se non le parole che ha scritto e le teorie elaborate sul suo conto. I lettori: Eric e Jennifer, un ricercatore e una studentessa indietro con gli esami, entrambi chiamati a scelte cruciali per capire chi sono e che cosa vogliono diventare, e quanto saranno in grado di mettere le proprie passioni, ferite, paure l'uno nelle mani dell'altro. "S." ideato, concepito, realizzato dal regista J.J. Abrams e scritto dal romanziere Doug Dorst, è il diario di due persone che si incontrano tra i margini di un libro per ritrovarsi invischiate in una lotta mortale tra forze sconosciute: un viaggio nell'universo della parola scritta che risucchierà i suoi lettori in una rischiosa spirale...) ( )
  alessvi | Aug 5, 2022 |
More of an artifact than a literary work, a choose your own adventure for Generation X and Millennials, I found reading the novel as a literary work difficult because there was so much else going on with postcards and maps and memorabilia, lots of distractions which took me away from the primary narrative, and as a result, to my great shame, I found myself dismissing the novel, labouring to return to it, and in the end, leafed through it like some relic found in my grandfather's chest, rather than a work of fiction.

And more's the pity. I think the publication was more of an attempt to dazzle and market, rather than to present a well-crafted story. Might have better been marketed as a Mysterious Package than a literary work.

Still, if you like that sort of thing, I suspect you will very much enjoy this adventure. But for his aulde pharte, it just kind of fizzled. ( )
  fiverivers | Jul 21, 2022 |
As if an epic tale of shadow societies, institutionalized violence, war profiteering, ghostly pirate ships, obsidian islands, painful longing, and creepy descents into the unknown isn't enough, S. creates a parallel narrative that, though far less of a swashbuckling adventure, completes the story's theme. Convincing marginalia documents the relationship between a disengaged lit major and a jaded, arrogant graduate student who find each other through mutual fascination with the mysterious author of the aforementioned epic tale.

There isn't a plot in the traditional sense; instead, the book takes 450 pages or so to deal with the theme of identity. S., the protagonist of the novel-with-a-novel "The Ship of Theseus", emerges from the water into an unknown city. He has no memory of who he is, and spends the rest of the book trying to bring himself into focus as he goes about his various exploits as an accidental assassin. At every moment of extreme crisis (and there are many), he is saved, though "saved" is a questionable term, by a ramshackle ship with a deeply odd crew (think sewn-shut lips) who ferry him between horrible adventure after horrible adventure.

The question of the author's identity (one V.M. Straka) and his relationship with his translator is explained in a series of footnotes throughout the novel. The parallels between S. and Straka form the initial reason why the other two protagonists, Eric and Jen, begin their conversation. The evolution of their relationship and their research into the Straka question is documented through the changing colors of the ink in the margins. Even their nerdly, academic lives are touched, if not manipulated, by the dark exploits inherent in anything associated with "the S." and V.M. Straka.

This shit is complex and great fun to read. There are secret codes; there are letters and postcards a la Bantock's "Griffin and Sabine"; there are photocopies and maps on napkins; there is this wheel...thingy...that I still haven't figured out how to use. There's a secret code, see, that the reader has to figure out. And throughout the whole messy, beautiful thing, the concept of words as weapons, ink as blood, pervades.

10/10, will read again. ( )
1 vota MaryJeanPhillips | Jun 22, 2022 |
My baby is herrrre~~~ ♥
OMG IT'S SO GOOD TO LOOK AT *____*
  XSassyPants | Jun 11, 2022 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 79 (següent | mostra-les totes)
As viewers of the final episode of Lost know, Abrams has form in creating an addictive narrative and then disappointing at the end. And, despite delivering regular high-concept pleasures, S. is finally a brilliant piece of publishing rather than a wholly coherent rethinking of the novel.
afegit per amanda4242 | editaThe Guardian, Mark Lawson (Nov 13, 2013)
 

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Dorst, Dougautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Abrams, J.J.Creatorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Straka, V.M.Pseudonymautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Schnettler, TobiasTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schröder, BertTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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If found, please return to Workroom B19,
Main Library, Pollard State University. [in pencil]
Translator's Note
  And Foreword
          by
   F. X. Caldeira

               I.
Who was V.M. Straka?
Chapter 1

What Begins,
   What Ends

Dusk. The Old Quarter of a city where river meets sea.
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What begins at the water shall end there and what ends there shall once more begin.
Words are a gift to the dead and a warning to the living.
The story you walk into, he has learned, is always more complex than it first appears.
They're good questions, to be sure, but they have no answers, and at some point one chooses not to ask anymore.
But you ought to understand, too, that there's an attrition that takes place inside, one in which options and choices and even desires are ground ever smaller until finally their existence can no longer be confirmed by observation or weight or displacement but only by faith.  Until desire is a ghost.
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Should not be confused or merged with S. [http://www.librarything.com/work/1379...] by John Updike.

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S. [http://www.librarything.com/work/1077...] by Slavenka Drakulic.
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"A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown. The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey. The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world's greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him. The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they're willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears."--Slipcase.

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