Our Tragic Universe Thomas has loaded down her talky metaphysical mystery with lengthy regurgitations of literary, existential, and historical theory, but Our Tragic Universe is less a unified… Our Tragic Universe Thomas has loaded down her talky metaphysical mystery with lengthy regurgitations of literary, existential, and historical theory, but Our Tragic Universe is less a unified… 2010-09-01 Fiction
Book Review

Our Tragic Universe (2010)

Scarlett Thomas | Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Sep 01, 2010; Writer: Scarlett Thomas; Genre: Fiction

Thomas has loaded down her talky metaphysical mystery with lengthy regurgitations of literary, existential, and historical theory, but Our Tragic Universe is less a unified whole than a jumbled yard sale of ideas — many of which are still in their boxes, since she hasn't bothered to unpack them. The writing is often top-shelf — dead fish look ''as if they'd been just about to say something important when they were caught'' — and the characters are well drawn. If only she had given us more of herself, instead of just echoing other people's philosophies. C

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Originally posted Aug 25, 2010 Published in issue #1118 Sep 03, 2010 Order article reprints