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by Marisha Pessl

Category: United States
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Marisha Pessl
ISBN: 0739477137
ISBN13: 978-0739477137
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books (2006)
Pages: 514
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Special topics in calamity physics. Illustrations by the author. Publisher's Note This is a work of fiction.

Special topics in calamity physics. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Special topics in calamity physics, Marisha Pessl. p. cm. ISBN 0670-03777-X.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics (2006) is the debut novel by American writer Marisha Pessl. The book was first published in August 2006 by Viking Press, a division of Penguin Group.

Which brings us to Marisha Pessl and Special Topics in Calamity Physics. If anyone can send me a picture of a blubbery Mercedes, Authwhore will award you with a free book that is better than Special Topics in Calamity Physics. At one point, people say their names with paint-by-numbers politeness. This is a problem because paint-by-numbers are not polite.

Marisha Pessl is the author of Night Film and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her bestselling debut, which .

It's possible I read this book last December. Better late than never?

It's possible I read this book last December.

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Peter Dempsey examines Marisha Pessl's precocious debut, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Peter Dempsey examines Marisha Pessl's precocious debut, Special Topics in Calamity Physics. The first two-thirds of the book describes the long, fraught initiation of Blue into this glamorous and insular group, while the last third concerns Blue's mounting suspicion that her enigmatic and beautiful teacher was somehow murdered. It is, however, the structure and style of Pessl's novel that have attracted attention.

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The relationship between ideology and violence is a subtext that turns into a main theme. Who is particularly ideological or political in this book? What do they believe in and advocate for? Try to trace Gareth van Meer’s beliefs, in particular, by returning to earlier passages in the novel where Blue mentions his ideas, reading material, or lectures. Or do you agree with Gareth that we are under an invincible blindness as to the true and real nature of things (p. 261)? Unless otherwise stated, this discussion guide is reprinted with the permission of Penguin.

2006 Viking trade paperback, Marisha Pessl (Neverworld Wake). 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. - Amazon
Comments to eBook Special Topics In Calamity Physics
MEGA FREEDY
I read another review where the person had trouble choosing between three and four stars, and I can relate. But then, I received an eBook credit and therefore didn't pay for the book. And, compared to several novels I've purchased based on reviews, this book is a 4-star.

I read Marisha Pessl's other novel, Night Film, and really liked it. Unlike Calamity, Night Film has a mostly linear plot, captured in a fairly concise manner (dragging some in one chapter). Based on Night Film, I'd considered ordering Special Topics in Calamity Physics for some time, and so:
My only real problems with Special Topics: I could have done with half the similes, along with far less of the real or fictive references. This isn't Infinite Jest, after all, and a lot of the parenthetical references don't add much real depth to the characters or situations. While the book is --well-written, funny, and with "clever"-taken-to-over-the-top-- I kept wanting more from the characters, less from the narrator and/or author.
But then again, the main character is 16 or 17, and the book is, in many ways, a coming of age story with dark elements. I did like the book, and it kept me entertained. Readers who get impatient with overly verbose style will be frustrated, I think, but the story is ultimately interesting and does have continuity interspersed throughout (even if I did keep wondering how Raymond Chandler would have written it).
Zieryn
The shining star of this book is the author's ability to craft surprisingly unique similes and metaphors to describe things in a way that eschews the more traditional, mundane methods of describing things like a treeline or rain. I found myself using my Kindle's highlight function more frequently than I ever have so that I could remember my most favorite examples.

The book's biggest flaw is its verbosity. The narrator references books, periodicals, quotes, and so forth with such great frequency (and often at such great lengths) that the reader is shoved headlong out of the narrative flow. At least half of these asides are unnecessary and create mental disruptions far more than they enhance the reader's experience.

This is probably due in large part to the fact that nearly all of these references are 100% fictional. I love how imaginative and fascinating the author is, but these abrupt asides prevented me from getting - and staying - fully immersed in a story that was frankly already a slow, meandering tale to start with.

And that leads me to my other primary complaint: pacing. The book opens by telling us quickly what the climax of the novel includes (someone's death). And yet we spend 3/4 of the novel leading very slowly up to that point. Perhaps the pacing was sluggish because of the fabricated references I mentioned above. Perhaps the story itself dragged where it could have at least walked or jogged.

That said, the book's climax and denouement more than make up for a lot of the above. I've never before read a novel with so many unexpected twists and turns in such rapid fire. Wallop after wallop after wallop before the final nuclear bomb of a twist on which the book ends. What's wonderful about this whiplash ending is how many clues and hints and winks the author peppered throughout the entire novel that readers were oblivious to until the big reveals.

My final gripe is the ending's muted mood. Despite the earth-shattering twists, our beloved narrator wraps up her story in a way that reminds me of a goose down feather floating slowly in the wind. I wish I could go into detail here without spoiling, but I can't. Ultimately, for the profound and impactful twists, it feels as though the author (or the narrator) ran out of steam and wasn't sure how to resolve the emotions hanging in the air.

Let it be a testament to the wonderful story and the beautiful writing that despite those two major gripes, I am still confident in my 4-star rating.
Mall
I have read many books twice, some three, four, five times. Yet never in my half-century of reading have I turned immediately from the last page to begin a book again. With highlighter in hand.

Ms. Pessl deserves praise and lots and lots of book sales for this stunning debut novel. Even though multiple clues shone like stars through the entire book, I did not guess the ending (a terrible habit of mine, which I dislike but usually do). In retrospect, I underestimated Ms Pessl's cleverness in weaving a yarn. The voice of her heroine is as brilliant and confused as only a teenager can be - it rings with truth, hope, and self-loathing.

I normally avoid novels with teenagers as protagonists, but I encourage you to give this one a try. I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book more (twice!).
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