August 2010 Indie Next List
“Finishing this novel was like waking from a long curious dream. Serge Carrefax's family is wealthy, prolific, and eccentric, and Serge drifts through life as though viewing it from a great height. McCarthy's writing is both brilliantly inventive and, at the same time, familiarly classic.”
— Grant Novak, The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT
An epochal saga from the acclaimed author of Remainder, C takes place in the early years of the twentieth century and ranges from western England to Europe to North Africa.
Serge Carrefax spends his childhood at Versoie House, where his father teaches deaf children to speak when he's not experimenting with wireless telegraphy. Sophie, Serge's sister and only connection to the world at large, takes outrageous liberties with Serge's young body -- which may explain the unusual sexual predilections that haunt him for the rest of his life. After recuperating from a mysterious illness at a Bohemian spa, Serge serves in World War I as a radio operator. C culminates in a bizarre scene in an Egyptian catacomb where all Serge's paths and relationships at last converge.
Tom McCarthy's mesmerizing, often hilarious accomplishment effortlessly blends the generational breadth of Ian McEwan with the postmodern wit of Thomas Pynchon and marks a writer rapidly becoming one of the most significant and original voices of his generation.
"From the Hardcover edition."