This is the most engaging and unexpected novel that I have read in a long time. Abrams and Dorst embrace the traditional book while simultaneously revisioning them. A literary ghost story and book-lover’s-book, this novel combines three tales in one interactive, brilliant novel.
Story No.1: The life, times and mysterious death of the reclusive (and fictional) author V.M. Straka.
Story No.2: Straka’s final novel (published posthumously), “Ship of Theseus,” follows S as he sets sail on a mysterious ship.
Story No.3: A conversation (in margin notes) between two college students racing to solve the riddles of Straka.
This is a book that readers have to hold, to smell and interact with—a book to get lost in. I really can’t say too much, you just have to experience this original, complex work—the “Spinal Tap” of the modern, literary world.