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The Tesseract

Garland, Alex

ISBN 10: 1573221090 / ISBN 13: 9781573221092
Published by Riverhead Books, 1999
Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket Hardcover
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New York. 1999. Riverhead Books. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 60. 275 pages. January 1999. hardcover. Jacket design by Marc J. Cohen. Signed by The Author. 1573221090. keywords:. inventory # 26286. FROM THE PUBLISHER - THE TESSERACT takes place in the Philippines and follows three sets of characters whose fates are intertwined in a deadly chase that is set in motion through a misunderstanding. Sean is an inexperienced British merchant seaman waiting to keep an appointment with a Filipino mafia lord and his henchmen in a seedy Manila hotel. Meanwhile, in the suburbs a mother puts her children to bed and remembers her first love on the backwater island where she grew up, and a wealthy psychologist studies the dreams of a couple of abandoned street kids, who are drawn into the wake of the gangsters’ chase. THE TESSERACT is a story of personal tragedies that occur for no comprehensible reason, and investigates the ways in which we explain them, whether through religion, myth, psychology, or science. It balances science against religion, and our wills against our fates, asking the elusive question of how we can make sense of events in a world where meaning lies beyond our grasp. . Bookseller Inventory # 26286

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Title: The Tesseract

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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In less than an hour, Sean has a meeting with a mestizo gangster. On the other side of town, Rosa listens for her husband’s car, and thirteen-year-old Vincente is watching for the man who pays money for street-kids’ dreams. Tonight, these disparate lives will violently collide . . .


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

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