Why you should read this book:
A new take on zombie-ism, meaning the living dead, or rather the scientific quest for immortality, Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux is both incredibly compelling and incredibly sad. This novel raises questions about what constitutes a person, and can that thing be coded like software? The science presented, while chilling, is entirely plausible despite it being fiction.
Why you shouldn’t read this book:
- You don’t like books that are heavy on literary references.
- Books that rely on complex science to explain their premise bother you.
- You don’t like books that pose ethical dilemmas.
- Discussing immortality or life after death makes you uncomfortable.
What Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux is about:
The frame of this story tells us that the narrator dropped dead at the house of an old girlfriend, and she later found a USB key with this narrative on it. The narrative is Nicholas Slopen’s explanation for how he died but continued living at the same time. Nicholas is currently residing in the secure wing of a psychiatric hospital, but he claims that he is, in fact, quite sane. It all started, he says when he discovered a literary forgery. What follows is an extraordinary tale of a metaphysical conspiracy and a speculative journey that raises questions about identity, authenticity and the meaning of being human.
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