The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things

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A monumental, genre-defying novel that David Mitchell calls "Michel Faber's second masterpiece," "The Book of Strange New Things" is a masterwork from a writer in full command of his many talents.
It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter's teachings--his Bible is their "book of strange new things." But Peter is rattled when Bea's letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. Bea's faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.
Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival. Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.
Marked by the same bravura storytelling and precise language that made "The Crimson Petal and the White" such an international success, "The Book of Strange New Things" is extraordinary, mesmerizing, and replete with emotional complexity and genuine pathos.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 500 pages
  • 166 x 243 x 39mm | 866g
  • English
  • 055341884X
  • 9780553418842
  • 631,090

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"[A] masterpiece" --"Cosmopolitan"
"[Faber] approaches this interplanetary saga as an expert genre traveler. . . . [His] potent new amalgam of sci-fi and spirituality puts him within rocket range of David Mitchell."" --New York "
"A novel so full of ideas, so charged by plot, so odd and wonderful, and written with astonishing emotional precision. There are some novels that come along every now and again, when writing a review seems superfluous and all one wants to do is to grab someone by the shoulders and say: "Look, just read the damn thing!" This is one of them. Michel Faber always has had an astonishing ability to make the strange believable and the alien real, but in this thoughtful, deeply moving page-turner, he excels himself." "--The Scotsman"
"A hugely serious story about the testing of religious faith. . . . When [Peter's] spiritual crisis does indeed hit it is as gripping as any thriller. . . . A work of originality and insight." "--The Times"
"A moving human drama disguised as a gripping science fiction tale. . . . Magnificently bold and addictive. . . . A book quite unlike any other I've ever read."" --The Sunday Times"
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"Faber's new novel grapples with [what it means to be human] in unusually direct terms. . . . The fascination of [his] prose style is its lack of sensationalism. His voice on the page is serene and oddly innocent. . . . One might call "The Book of Strange New Things" sci-fi, speculative fiction, literary fiction--or maybe just welcome it, thankfully, with a 'Never before now.'" --"The Independent" (UK)
"Spellbinding, heartbreaking and mind-bending. . . . This is very much a book that rewards re-reading; its subtle echoes and wisps of allusion reverberate across the text. . . . "The Book Of Strange New Things" is Faber's strongest, most plangent and most intellectually gleeful novel. It is affecting as much as it is challenging. . . . Bold, brave, brilliant. . . . It's also, by the way, the most wonderful love story." --"Scottish Review of Books"
"Brilliant, and disquieting. . . . Faber's novel is entirely true to itself and wonderfully original. It makes a fine update to Walter M. Miller Jr.'s "Canticle for Leibowitz," with some Marilynne Robinson-like homespun theology thrown in for good measure. . . . A profoundly religious exploration of inner turmoil." --"Kirkus"(starred review)
"A marvelously creative and intricate novel, thought-provoking and arresting." --"Booklist"
"The book wears its strong premise and mixture of Biblical and SF tropes extremely well."--"Publishers Weekly"
""The Book of Strange New Things" is Michel Faber's second masterpiece, every bit as luminescent and memorable as "The Crimson Petal and the White." It is a portrait of a living, breathing relationship, frayed by distance; it's an enquiry into the mountains faith can move and the mountains faith can't move. It is maniacally gripping and vibrant with wit. I didn't so much read "The Book of Strange New Things" as inhabit it." --David Mitchell
"Michel Faber's "The Book of Strange New Things" certainly lives up to its title. Faber, as he showed in "Under the Skin," does strangeness brilliantly. I can't remember being so continually and unfailingly surprised by any book for a long time, and part of the surprise is the tenderness and delicacy with which he shows an emotional relationship developing in one direction while withering in another. I found it completely compelling and believable, and admired it enormously." --Philip Pullman
"At the heart of "The Book of Strange New Things "is one question: Whom--or what--do you love, and what are you willing to do for that love (or not willing)? The result is a novel of marvel and wonderment with a narrative engine like a locomotive."--Yann Martel
"Weird and disturbing, like any work of genius, this novel haunted me for the seven nights I spent reading it, and haunts me still. A story of faith that will mesmerize believers and non-believers alike, a story of love in the face of the Apocalypse, a story of humanity set in an alien world--"The Book of Strange New Things "is desperately beautiful, sad, and unforgettable." --David Benioff
"Brilliant, and disquieting. . . . Faber's novel is entirely true to itself and wonderfully original. It makes a fine update to Walter M. Miller Jr.'s "Canticle for Leibowitz," with some Marilynne Robinson-like homespun theology thrown in for good measure. . . . A profoundly religious exploration of inner turmoil." --"Kirkus" (starred review)
"A marvelously creative and intricate novel, thought-provoking and arresting." --"Booklist"
"The book wears its strong premise and mixture of Biblical and SF tropes extremely well."--"Publishers Weekly"
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About Michel Faber

MICHEL FABER is the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed author of "The Crimson Petal and the White," "Under the Skin"--shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award--and several other books. Faber has won many short story awards and his writing has appeared in "Granta," "The O. Henry Prize Stories," among others. He lives in Scotland.
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30,707 ratings
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5 24% (7,397)
4 37% (11,375)
3 25% (7,774)
2 10% (2,976)
1 4% (1,185)

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber is part Christian fiction, part science fiction, and part relationship drama. Physically, this book looks beautiful and is definitely indicative of the Biblical references. Unfortunately, the length of the book, the ending, and the unpleasant descriptions all make this an unpalatable read for me and leave me wondering why? What was the point? Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/10/the-book-of-strange-new-things.html Reviewed based on a copy received through a publisherâ??s giveawayshow more
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