Marisha Pessl

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

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Marisha Pessl’s dazzling debut sparked raves from critics and heralded the arrival of a vibrant new voice in American fiction. At the center of Special Topics in Calamity Physics is clever, deadpan Blue van Meer, who has a head full of literary, philosophical, scientific, and cinematic knowledge, but she could use some friends. Upon entering the elite St. Gallway School, she finds some-a clique of eccentrics known as the Bluebloods. One drowning and one hanging later, Blue finds herself puzzling out a byzantine murder mystery. Nabokov meets Donna Tartt (then invites the rest of the Western Canon to the party) in this novel-with visual aids drawn by the author-that has won over readers of all ages.
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    Марина Орловаshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    this one is really really good, much better than 'night film'. the atmosphere of the beginning reminded me of 'The Secret History' by Donna Tartt, but the plot here is much more twisted. the book is captivating and thrilling and all in all fantastic.


    tyahas quoted2 years ago
    J. B. Tower wrote that the moment before death is “seeing everything that has ever existed all at once” (though I wondered how he knew this, as he was in the prime of life when he wrote Mortality).
    Regina Azoulayhas quoted3 years ago
    s eyes are considered hazel, but during this period, simple “haze” was a more fitting description.) Over the years, however (and due in a large part to the African kilnlike conditions), Dad had hardened nicely into one with a coarse, slightly ruined appearance (Visual Aid 2.2).
    garnikprhas quoted3 years ago
    “Everyone is responsible for the page-turning tempo of his or her Life Story,” Dad said, scratching his jaw thoughtfully, arranging the limp collar of his chambray shirt. “Even if you have your Magnificent Reason, it could still be dull as Nebraska and that’s no one’s fault but your own. Well, if you feel it’s miles of cornfields, find

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