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S. (edition 2013)

by Doug Dorst (Author)

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Title:S.
Authors:Doug Dorst (Author)
Info:Mulholland Books (2013), Edition: Slp, 472 pages
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S. by Doug Dorst

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First of all, I love how much this book is simply a tribute to the written word, for physical, bound books, and the ways in which we experience books. In this way, this was a beautiful work of art.

Second, it was a great read. Keeping track of the novel itself and the scattered timeline that was Eric & Jen's story was more than tedious -- even frustrating at times -- but it adds to the mystery, as well. There's so much that I missed during my first read through (as they did, as well) and adds to the rereadability of the book. ( )
  Ltwente | Mar 19, 2018 |
You know what? I wrote almost 1000 words about this on WordPress and I still don't know how I feel about it. I'm not rating it.
  elucubrare | Feb 9, 2018 |
Ship of Theseus is the final book written by V. M. Straka and published in 1949. It's about a man who has no idea about his past or who he is. He's shanghaied onto a strange ship with a strange crew and thrown onto a perilous journey. The writer himself, Straka, is enigmatic. Nobody knows what he looks like or exactly who he is. Even his translator had never seen him face-to-face.

When a young woman named Jen picks up this book, left behind by a stranger, she discovers margin notes. She, too, becomes entranced by the story and responds with notes of her own and leaves the book for its owner. While Jen is a college senior, Eric, the owner of the book, is a disgraced grad student. But they're both facing crucial decisions about who they are and who they want to be. And how much they're willing to trust another person. And they're both trying their hardest to figure out the hidden secrets of Ship of Theseus.

Oh. My. God. This book was so good. It's easy to be intimidated once you open it up and go through it. There's so many things underlined and so much written in the margins and in different colours. There's pages and pictures and postcards stuck in between the pages. How do I read this thing?? I went through the main part first - Ship of Theseus. We follow a man simply known as S. He doesn't know who he is, his past, what he's supposed to be doing. The story had a lot of depth. It was very interesting and kept me turning the pages. Then we read Jen and Eric's notes back and forth to each other. The way I read this was penciled notes, which are Eric's notes to himself, along with blue and black notes first. Then orange and green. Then purple and red. Then, finally, black and black. As much as I enjoyed Ship of Theseus (especially the first couple hundred pages!), I enjoyed their story more. They're trying to find out just who Straka was and there are all kinds of hidden clues in Ship of Theseus for them to uncover something amazing. The book itself is beautiful. It's made to look like an old library book - stamps on it, yellowed pages, stains. The actual book and the stories inside are well-written, clever and amazing and I'm just so in love! ( )
  jenn88 | Dec 30, 2017 |
Ok...ich bin mir immer noch nicht sicher, was ich da gelesen habe. Fantasy Roman? Krimi? Coming of Age Story? Revolutions-Aufruf? Alles zusammen?

Zum Inhalt und wie das Buch aufgebaut ist sage ich nix mehr, dazu ist ja der Klappentext da.

Die Aufmachung selbst ist super. Die Fotos / Servietten / Zeitungsausschnitte / Postkarten sahen wahnsinnig echt aus; das Buch ist sehr aufwändig produziert. Auch die vergilbten Seiten und die Handschrift an den Rändern ist super.

Der Roman im Buch hat mir auch gefallen. Es geht um Identität, Revolution, mit welchen Mitteln man für eine Sache kämpft etc.

Der andere Teil des Buches, also Jen und Eric die sich gegenseitig schreiben, haben mir leider nicht so gut gefallen. Es ist so ein bißchen eine "Coming of Age" Geschichte, die ich mich nicht so ganz überzeugt hat. Außerdem fand ich beide nicht wirklich sympathisch.
Das Rätselraten um den echten Straka, wer in den Romanen welche Person in echt Darstellt, was es mit dem Übersetzer auf sich hat war spannend und hat den Leser eingeladen, mitzurätseln.

Was mich leider zu dem letzten Kritikpunkt bringt, und das ist, dass man um den Roman halbwegs zu verstehen man sehr viel recherchieren muss. Der Rätselcode war recht schwer zu knacken und das letzte Rätsel hätte ich ohne Internetrecherche und Google Maps auch nicht gefunden. Ebenfalls das alternative Ende, welches der Autor getwittert hat, hätte ich mir im Buch gewünscht. (wen schon darauf angespielt wird).
Auch weiß ich erst hinterher, in welchen zeitlichen Kontext ich welche Farben von Jen und Eric einsortieren kann. Man ist am Anfang etwas überfordert und am Schluss weiß man irgendwie auch nicht mehr.
An sich finde ich es gut, wenn der Leser miträtseln und sich anstrengen muss, damit er das Buch versteht; aber so habe ich persönlich zu wenig Erklärung, ob ich mit meinen Vermutungen jetzt richtig liege oder nicht. Es findet keine Auflösung statt, noch nichtmal eine angedeutete.
Das ist schade, denn das Buch an sich und die nicht-lineare Erzählform mit Codes zu knacken macht es noch anspruchsvoll genug; da muss man mMn nicht noch die komplette Auflösung des Komplottes verschweigen. Zumindest was die Geheimgruppierungen etc. anbelangt und was mit Jen und Eric passiert ist wäre gut gewesen; ob die Lovestory nun aufgelöst wird oder nicht wäre mir egal.

Daher würde ich dieses Buch nur Leuten empfehlen die:
* Große Liebe zu Bücher im Allgemeinen haben (allein die Aufmachung ist jedes Buch-Nerds Traum)
* Keine Probleme haben, wenn Bücher etwas ins philosophische Abdriften (Was ist Identität? Ab wann bin ich wirklich ich? Wenn man alle Teile eines Schiffes auswechselt, ist es dann noch das gleiche Schiff? (Schiff steht hier synonym für Gruppe)
* Gerne knobeln, im Internet recherchieren und Theorien austauschen die niemals bestätigt oder dementiert werden
* Kein Problem mit offenen Enden haben ( )
  Geektesse | Dec 10, 2017 |
Very pretty but boring. Didn't really finish but liked the concept. ( )
  joanalau | Sep 6, 2017 |
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As viewers of the final episode of Lost know, Abrams has form in creating an addictive narrative and then disappointing at the end. And, despite delivering regular high-concept pleasures, S. is finally a brilliant piece of publishing rather than a wholly coherent rethinking of the novel.
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If found, please return to Workroom B19,
Main Library, Pollard State University. [in pencil]
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  And Foreword
          by
   F. X. Caldeira

               I.
Who was V.M. Straka?
Chapter 1

What Begins,
   What Ends

Dusk. The Old Quarter of a city where river meets sea.
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What begins at the water shall end there and what ends there shall once more begin.
Words are a gift to the dead and a warning to the living.
The story you walk into, he has learned, is always more complex than it first appears.
They're good questions, to be sure, but they have no answers, and at some point one chooses not to ask anymore.
But you ought to understand, too, that there's an attrition that takes place inside, one in which options and choices and even desires are ground ever smaller until finally their existence can no longer be confirmed by observation or weight or displacement but only by faith.  Until desire is a ghost.
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Should not be confused or merged with S. [http://www.librarything.com/work/1379...] by John Updike.

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S. [http://www.librarything.com/work/1077...] by Slavenka Drakulic.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316201642, Hardcover)

One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.


A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.


The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey.


The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world’s greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him.


The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they’re willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears.


S., conceived by filmmaker J. J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don’t understand, and it is also Abrams and Dorst’s love letter to the written word.

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"A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown. The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey. The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world's greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him. The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they're willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears."--Slipcase.… (more)

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