The Weight of Numbers

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Atlantic Books, 2006 - Human smuggling - 422 pages
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MODERN FICTION. On 21 July 1969, two astronauts set foot on the moon; far below, in ravaged Africa, a young revolutionary, hailed as the saviour of his country, is murdered by a parcel bomb. From these two unconnected events, Simon Ings has woven a great and glittering web. "The Weight of Numbers" describes the metamorphosis of three people: Anthony Burden, a mathematical genius destroyed by the secular beauty of numbers; soap actress Stacey Chavez, whose teenage celebrity has faded, leaving her hungry for fame and starved of love; and Saul Cogan, transformed from 60s prankster to murderous people trafficker. All three are haunted by Nick Jinks, who brings horror and death wherever he goes. It is also a novel that connects disparate events, from the history of electroconvulsive therapy; the Blitz; Communist revolution in Cuba; the birth of TV wrestling; and Antarctic exploration. Simon Ings' novel is a triumph of the imagination and a literary landmark.

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User Review  - Deen Sharp - Goodreads

Almost every chapter starts with a definite time and place but this book still makes you lose your sense of time and space without losing the plot. Challenging but rewarding read. Read full review

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User Review  - Lucy Furr - Goodreads

So, I initially picked up The Weight of Numbers from the used bookstore because I liked the cover. Seriously, that's the reason. Sometimes I have good luck with that sort of thing, sometimes I don't ... Read full review


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