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The book is about 2 months in the life of the 25 year old narrator who loses interest in his life. He quits his MA course, sells his books and TV, moves out of his bedsit and into his brother's flat whilst his brother is away on business. He is reading a book on time and the universe, the quantum theories of which deeply disturb him. He becomes obsessed by time and at the enormity of the size of the universe. The book is a series of anecdotes in which he tries to discover the reason for his life. He writes amusing lists, he throws a ball against a wall for hours on end, he faxes a meteorologist friend, he befriends a 5 year old boy, he dates a girl who he meets with the boy and finally he ends up in New York visiting his brother. At the end of the book he does discover reasons for living. A strangely compelling discourse into a troubled mind, the kind of troubles we all have.
The review of this Book prepared by John Marcel