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Book of Numbers: A Novel av Joshua Cohen
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Book of Numbers: A Novel (urspr publ 2015; utgåvan 2015)

av Joshua Cohen (Författare)

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"The enigmatic billionaire founder of Tetration, the world's most powerful tech company, hires a failed novelist, Josh Cohen, to ghostwrite his memoirs. The mogul, known as Principal, brings Josh behind the digital veil, tracing the rise of Tetration, which started in the earliest days of the Internet by revolutionizing the search engine before venturing into smartphones, computers, and the surveillance of American citizens. Principal takes Josh on a mind-bending world tour from Palo Alto to Dubai and beyond, initiating him into the secret pretext of the autobiography project and the life-or-death stakes that surround its publication"--Dust jacket flap.… (mer)
Medlem:DarthHusker
Titel:Book of Numbers: A Novel
Författare:Joshua Cohen (Författare)
Info:Random House (2015), Edition: First Edition, 592 pages
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Book of Numbers av Joshua Cohen (2015)

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I don't often write reviews here, but after scanning some of the entries for this novel I felt called to rehabilitate it a little. As with any writing about technology, context is important and shelf life is limited, but Book of Numbers is a fascinating attempt to grapple with writing and living in the internet age. It stops short of addressing social media explicitly, and was written before the rancor of 2016, but if you're interested in the literary introspection of a failed author (yes, the Roth comparisons are apt) and tech history/issues, blog/forum vernacular, and what being online has done to our lives, this novel deserves the investment it requires. I'm not sure it was entirely successful-it was too long and the ending didn't quite satisfy my personal expectations, but it's an ambitious project and worth reading for the shameless 21st century Nabokov-esque wordplay alone. ( )
  jamcnerney | Nov 29, 2021 |
L'autore Joshua Cohen parla di uno scrittore fallito Joshua Cohen che viene ingaggiato da Joshua Cohen, capo della Tetration.com (un Google appena mascherato) che vuole scriversi un'autobiografia. Come potete immaginare, il libro è abbastanza complicato già così. Aggiungiamo il fatto che nella parte centrale Cohen racconta in pratica a Cohen la storia dei quarant'anni dell'informatica, e che il titolo occhieggia davvero il biblico Libro dei Numeri, con i quarant'anni di peregrinazione nel deserto - se andate a vedere i nomi dei personaggi, tutto torna. Insomma, qui dentro c'è davvero tanta roba, anche senza considerare il testo spesso sperimentale (per la gioia della povera Claudia Durastanti che l'ha tradotto) e la quantità di nozioni che sono state infilate (mi è spuntata una lacrimuccia quando ho letto "Fravia", non pensavo che qualcuno se ne ricordasse ancora). L'unico problema del libro secondo me è che è appunto "troppo". È un po' come Infinite Jest di DFW: troverete gente che ne tesse le lodi, e altri che l'hanno abbandonato dopo un po' perché è impossibile seguirlo. Scegliete voi da che parte stare. ( )
  .mau. | May 13, 2020 |
A masterpiece. Relentlessly clever. The demented techno wordplay will ripple into the future, endlessly perplexing jaundiced, crusty historians of so-called traditional literature as it astounds and speaks to every savvy and savage child of our screen-dependent age.

A big book of inside jokes, which, in DFW-fashion, elicits a gut-reaction on every page via the reflexive verbal elbowing the reader receives from the author. The biggest workout for my Kindle's touch-definition function since I-really-don't-know. After scouring the Internet for obscurities and unearthing passive, yet scathing intellectual personas, Cohen's abrasive literary gimcracks metamorphose into gymnastic prose, sprinkled - no, lathered with so many jargon-toffees that you will suffer neologistic dry heaves. Get comfortable with your mind's perpetual reeling so that the momentum it generates can propel you headlong through the novel, barreling out the other side, still insatiably longing for more. However, where does brilliance end and indulgence begin? Haven't we had enough writers writing about writers resembling themselves, living out their fictional fantasies in scarcely veiled pseudo-fictional accounts? Luckily, Cohen's voice, while too clever for its own good, is personable to the point of undeniable familiarity, and his satire is aimed at exactly the type of weiners he envies.

Yet, are we supposed to excavate the ironies, searching for a semblance of truth in his account of corporate cesspools, technocracies, etc. or take his power fantasy at face value, his rampant sarcasms and viral wordplay as illusive chimeras of his inner Paul Auster? ( )
  LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
We agree with what we said in earlier. Review: We ambidextrously bit us a bit more than we could choose.
See: anything, ever. But that. ( )
  DouglasDuff | Jul 11, 2019 |
This is the bread of affliction. Eli Eli lama shavaktani? Father, Father, why didn’t Christ quote the Psalms in Hebrew—was he that inept, or does excruciation always call for the vernacular?

This isn't for most people. Even the intrepid biosphere of goodreads will find this alarming, if not unnecessary. I do appreciate Cohen's project, even if it is maddening. There is a dash of Trollope, lanced with Sade, pushing a ready mirror to our media-drunk rictus. The result isn't pretty.

Technology has a taxonomy and a mantra: creations abound and the flesh is made manifest. There are times when the ontology of a search engine is almost repugnant to read about. I likely wouldn't have finished this if it weren't the holidays. I should thank my sister. Her stilted rant against a living wage wedged me away. A younger Jon would have advised her to fuck a goat. The weary 2015 model took refuge in this book and asked kindly if his wife would drive them home.
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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"The enigmatic billionaire founder of Tetration, the world's most powerful tech company, hires a failed novelist, Josh Cohen, to ghostwrite his memoirs. The mogul, known as Principal, brings Josh behind the digital veil, tracing the rise of Tetration, which started in the earliest days of the Internet by revolutionizing the search engine before venturing into smartphones, computers, and the surveillance of American citizens. Principal takes Josh on a mind-bending world tour from Palo Alto to Dubai and beyond, initiating him into the secret pretext of the autobiography project and the life-or-death stakes that surround its publication"--Dust jacket flap.

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