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The Anomaly: The mind-bending thriller that has sold 1 million copies Relié – 20 janvier 2022
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THE NO. 1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER. WINNER OF THE 2020 PRIX GONCOURT. 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD.
'Just when you think you've worked it out . . . well, you probably haven't' DAILY MAIL
'Mind-bending. Written with page-turning conviction' THE TIMES
'A mind-bending, prize-winning speculative thriller' GUARDIAN
'An intoxicating mix of the magical and life's big questions' FINANCIAL TIMES
No one knows how it happened. But it'll change their lives forever...
During a terrifying storm, Air France flight 006 - inexplicably - duplicates.
For every passenger, there are now two: a double with the same mind, body and memories.
Only one thing sets them apart - while one plane lands in March, the other doesn't arrive until June.
But if there are two of them, which one will get to keep the life they've built?
As they prepare to meet, they must decide just how far they'll go to fight for what's theirs . . .
New York Times: Best Thriller of the Year
Publishers Weekly: Best Thriller of the Year
Lit Hub: Favorite Book of the Year
CrimeReads: Best International Crime Novel of the Year
PopSugar: Best Mystery/Thriller of the Month
Readers LOVE The Anomaly:
'I absolutely loved this thrilling, addictive book' 5 star reader review
'This book spun my head. Fascinating, fantastic and thought provoking' 5 star reader review
'I absolutely love this book. It's a one-of-a-kind story, with perfect pacing. I would highly recommend' 5 star reader review
'An incredible read - intriguing and original. Keeps you fascinated until the very last page' 5 star reader review
'A brilliant read...so cleverly written' 5 star reader review
Description du produit
Biographie de l'auteur
Hervé Le Tellier is a writer, journalist, mathematician, food critic, and teacher. Since 1992, he has been a member of the prestigious and experimental Oulipo group of writers and mathematicians, who work to push against the boundaries of form and structure.
At the age of 64, with a decades-long career and several novels, essay and short story collections to his name, The Anomaly is his breakout hit. In 2020, it was awarded the prestigious Prix Goncourt, and has sold over a million copies.
Adriana Hunter has translated some eighty books, mostly works of literary fiction. She won the 2011 Scott-Moncrieff Prize for her translation of Véronique Olmi’s Beside the Sea, and was twice shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She lives in Kent, England.
Détails sur le produit
- Éditeur : Michael Joseph Ltd (20 janvier 2022)
- Langue : Anglais
- Relié : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241540488
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241540480
- Poids de l'article : 555 g
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 3.2 x 24 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 223 en Policier et Suspense en France
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Overall it was disappointing. Very overhyped.... I dunno what the editors were thinking.... its clear the writer was thinking time to wrap up. it reads like he lost interest!
The story is okay - the central idea is a rehash of existing ideas rather than anything strikingly new, and was very nearly a disappointment after a lengthy build-up...but the combination was cleverly put together and the second act in particular made for an interesting read. I felt the third act lost all momentum and was a bit of an effort to get through. On balance, I wouldn't recommend it.
It starts with chapters dedicated to a series of characters with nothing in common except they experienced turbulence while on a transatlantic flight. They include a ruthless hitman who lives a double life as the owner of a vegetarian catering business, a troubled author, a hot shot lawyer working for a questionable business, a disturbed veteran of overseas wars, a gay rapper, a film editor in a decaying relationship with an older architect, a terminally ill pilot. We are also introduced to two geeky mathematicians, Adrian and Meredith, circling around each other on the edge of a relationship.
Author Hervé le Tellier has fun while setting up his characters, while also allowing some more serious and darker currents to flow. He uses the troubled author to show the ridiculous pretentious side of the French literary establishment. While geeky mathematicians might seem a relatively easy target, treats them with affection, and, indeed, Adrian and Meredith’s first reactions to each other are an absolute delight. I also have to say, I never though I’d care so much about the fate of a pet frog. On the dark side, there is the cold blooded assassin, questions about corporate morality, homophobia in the world of hip hop, and a disturbing section about child abuse.
All of the stories are brought together in the central concept of the book (pre-publicised in the blurb, so no spoilers here), when a plane carrying the characters (excluding our mathematicians) flies out of a storm on its way to land in the US. The problem is that the same plane, with the same crew and passengers landed 106 days previously and all on board have since carried on living their lives for three months.
The rest of the book is then concerned with the questions of what the authorities will do to deal with the situation, how the individuals will react to meeting themselves, and what caused the anomaly in the first place. The authorities range from a statesmen like Macron, to an unnamed but obviously second term Trump, who is portrayed as an idiot out of his depth rather than a malicious nationalist, and a predictably secretive Chinese government.
The greatest weight is given to the individual stories which explore a range of responses, how does a secretive killer react to having himself around? How do those in relationships deal with the inevitable jealousy? How do the extra three months of those on the original plane alter the situation? Can mistakes be corrected with the extra knowledge?
In terms of the wider picture, three possible explanations for the duplication of the plane are explored, although the “true one” is quickly evident. It is here that I had my one major quibble with the book. Le Tellier’s choice to concentrate mainly on the individual tales left me feeling slightly dissatisfied. Not fully exploring the wider implications (even though the explanation is fundamental to the denouement) leaves the book, to my mind, with a bit of an unfulfilling vacuum. Also while I am at it, I didn’t really see the point of the child abuse storyline, there is no depth to it, which makes it seem rather exploitative.
However, overall, if one accepts Le Tellier’s choices and takes the Anomaly for what it is, a flashy, fast paced thriller based on a highly original premise, it certainly delivers. Coming soon to a cinema near you (I would expect).