Satin Island

Satin Island

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Meet U. - a talented and uneasy figure currently pimping his skills to an elite consultancy in contemporary London. His employers advise everyone from big businesses to governments, and, to this end, expect their 'corporate anthropologist' to help decode and manipulate the world around them - all the more so now that a giant, epoch-defining project is in the offing.
Instead, U. spends his days procrastinating, meandering through endless buffer-zones of information and becoming obsessed by the images with which the world bombards him on a daily basis- oil spills, African traffic jams, roller-blade processions, zombie parades. Is there, U. wonders, a secret logic holding all these images together - a codex that, once cracked, will unlock the master-meaning of our age? Might it have something to do with South Pacific Cargo Cults, or the dead parachutists in the news? Perhaps; perhaps not.
As U. oscillates between the visionary and the vague, brilliance and bullshit, Satin Island emerges, an impassioned and exquisite novel for our disjointed times.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2015.
ISBN: 9780224090193
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCC
Characteristics: 173 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 27, 2016

Despite best effort, simply could not get interested in this book. Did not finish.

Oct 28, 2015

very interesting!

Aug 10, 2015

The unformed/ ill-formed monologue of a "corporate ethnographer" on modern life as exemplified by corporations, oil spills, deaths-by-parachute... Toward the end there is a bit of novelty having to do with U.'s girlfriend, but mostly this is flat, anemic, soulless.

manoush Mar 17, 2015

The kind of novel that can be read in one sitting. It evokes a strange, disquieting mood, very fitting for its subject matter. The narrator U. is at the vanguard of the new "knowledge economy," a well-paid corporate anthropologist who spends his time coming up with meaningless, fancy-sounding buzzwords for clients to brand and rebrand themselves. The world McCarthy depicts is our contemporary world, where all human connection is mediated by screens, and huge corporations flatten out diversity and individuality. Pervasive anxiety, information overload, and shallow relations between people are the stuff of McCarthy's world. In that sense the novel is an obvious, unoriginal critique of "post post-modernity." The only arresting part of the novel comes toward the end, when U. finally has a substantive, face-to-face conversation with his girlfriend.

Mar 03, 2015

Found this via io9's article:
NPR says "the satiny glow of those passages gives a reader hope for some kind of fusion of meaning and feeling in a world that's too carefully restrained." SOLD!


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PimaLib_SherrieB Jun 21, 2016

On design: The end point to which it strives is a state in which the world is one hundred percent synthetic, made by man, for man, according to his desires...

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