Saturday, 11 April 2009

253 - Geoff Ryman

Read: May 2006

This is the story of a lifetime. The story of 253 lifetimes. The story of 253 twelve minute train journeys. With 253 words devoted to each and every character, the author is able to intertwine the secret lives of the passengers brilliantly. It is amazing how detailed a picture of someone can be built from simply 253 words. This novel began its life on the internet where it attracted a huge cult following. Since being published in paper form, 253 has been heralded as a modern classic, a seminal work of twenty-first century literature. Join 253 faceless people, as they live twelve minutes of their lives, hurtling towards an inevitable future. This is such an easy book to read wherever you are. Just don’t read it on the Underground, you might find yourself staring at people, wondering what secret their stony faced silence conceals.

7 out of 10

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