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DescriptionOne book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace and desire. 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 on 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 rumours 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. S., conceived by filmmaker J.J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don't understand. It is also Abrams and Dorst's love letter to the written word.
- Published: 29 October 2013
- Format: Hardback 472 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780857864772 ISBN 10: 0857864777
- Sales rank: 1,848
Reviews for S.
A Literary Experiment
I first heard (or more accurately, I saw) of S. when I visited a bookshop in my homecity. I'd been a fan of literature that broke the boundaries of what it meant to be a book. House of Leaves, Only Revolutions, John Dies at the End, I liked books that broke the mold of what it meant to be a book. And S. does that.
The best way to describe S. is this: Imagine you picked up a second hand book and found writing in the margins. Imagine you left your own writing in response, and then you put it back. Then the original owner started talking to you, and you began a correspondence through the margins of a book.
That's what this is. A college senior named Jen finds a copy of an old book called Ship of Theseus that belongs to a disgraced college student called Eric. They begin to talk to each other in the margins, leaving each other notes, letters, maps, postcards, etc.
The book they write in, Ship of Theseus, is actually a book you could read without paying any heed to the margins. But Eric and Jen are interested in the author, an enigmatic man by the name of V.M. Straka, who which the world knows nothing about (partially based on B. Traven, a real life author who which the world knows nothing). They want to know who VMS was, why he wrote his final book, Ship of Theseus, and they delve into that world together in the margins. They discover things about each other, themselves and the world they didn't know before.
It's a very interesting read. You could read only the book, but the fun comes from reading the book, jumping into the margins, back into the story, onto a letter. It's dizzying, it's fun, it's unlike anything I've read. I highly recommend buying the physical version of this book, rather than a Kindle/Ebook version. This book deserves to be held, and all the little things that come with it like maps, napkins, etc, deserve to be felt.
Highly recommended. by Alex Pennini
The 4th reader
I really really enjoyed this book - or I'd rather call it experience. Beautiful to look at, keeps you interested even when you turn the pages to the beginning for the 4th time (!). Jen and Eric's story was great, but for me the main novel (Ship of Theseus) would've been also a really cool tale by itself. I shall not tell anything more. If you like mysteries, but also have a sense for art, buy it! It's a jewel in my collection. How many of your books have a napkin in them with a map on it? :) Definetely read this! by David Lajkounder review