Gripping from the first pages, Garland's new novel is set over three hours during one night in Manila. With the pace and suspense of THE BEACH this novel intertwines three stories: the shady dealings of gangsters, the tautly and emotionally drawn tale of a Phillipino family and the violent lives of a gang of street kids, until their different lives collide in a shattering finale. It is beautifully written and unputdownable.
'Is Alex Garland the new Graham Greene? After THE TESSERACT the question needs to be asked ... a powerful narrative drive, exotic locations that unfold like a corrupt and mysterious flower, and a moody intelligence that holds everything together' - JG Ballard
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A single evening in Manila hints at shared consciousness and the circular nature of time and experience. More ambitious than his successful debut The Beach, Alex Garland's second novel follows three seemingly disparate stories that converge just this side of possible. Opening pages are reminiscent of a Raymond Chandler detective story: the dirty hotel room that "didn't know it was a hotel, or had forgotten"; the flinty, deep thinking protagonist; a meeting with rough-cut thugs. But just when we expect the arrival of the stock sultry woman, the cast of characters begins to assume the more recognisable aspects of ordinary life--to eerie effect.
Garland shows a talent for finely crafted phrases that emboss an image and encapsulate a moment. One minor character's brief sensory flashback provides more human insight than the pages of descriptive overload in the usual thriller. The Tesseract is an exciting tale that never stoops to the level of popcorn storytelling. --Samantha Starmer. This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140258426
Book Description 1999-08-26., 1999. Book Condition: New. Penguin. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 352pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1753321
Book Description 1999-08-26., 1999. Book Condition: New. Penguin. New edition. Paperback. Book: VERY GOOD. 352pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1205328