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Shining At the Bottom of the Sea Paperback – Aug 5 2008

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (Aug. 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143052705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143052708
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #427,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"... a delightful new novel...a wonderfully convincing portrait...halfway between the satirical geography of Jonathan Swift and the futuristic fantasies of Doris Lessing." -- Alberto Manguel, Literaturen

"...may be the most exciting mash-up of literary genres since David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas." -- New York Times Book Review

"Literary fiction, by its nature, rises above genres, aiming to say something new in a new way. But rarely is a novel as refreshingly different as Shining at the Bottom of the Sea by Canadian Stephen Marche...In a triumph of postmodernism, Marche has created a novel that can - and will - be read an incalculable number of ways." -- The Chicago Tribune

"Marche delivers a surprisingly complete overview, given that this entire literature - folk tales, detective stories, sparse modernist pieces - is a figment of his imagination. This broad scope is complemented by extensive detail: Sanjanian proverbs, competing dialects, recurring given and family names. That is what makes Shining at the Bottom of the Sea so enjoyable. The book is clearly the result of a "lively mind," to borrow a term from real-life novelist and critic Francine Prose. Readers have to work to keep up, especially at the beginning, where they are assumed to have some basic knowledge of Sanjanian culture (that it exists, for example). The rewards, though - humour, insight, romance - more than justify the effort...As the author reminds us, storytelling is not a science: "Joy is the point." If so, this book should be wildly successful." -- The Montreal Gazette

"Shining at the Bottom of the Sea is completely unexpected but no less a delight...Stephen Marche is capable of writing...any darn thing he wants." -- The Globe and Mail

'The stories have commonplace plots, but their twisted diction is brilliant…Marche’s concept is fascinating.' -- Publisher’s World

'The truth is, we've all been to Sanjania -- it's a country shining at the bottom of the sea in each of our souls. Stephen Marche reminds us of all the disparate, roaring voices deep within. In a world that demands us to be of one opinion, it's refreshing to remember that we are many, and crazy, and eight things at once.' -- Michael Winter, Author of THE BIG WHY and THIS ALL HAPPENED --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Stephen Marche has published short fiction in DescantThe New Quarterly, and Event, and his story “Garrison Creek,” originally published in The Malahat Review, was shortlisted for the 2002 O. Henry Prize. He is the author of The Hunger of the Wolf, Love and the Mess We're In, How Shakespeare Changed Everything, Shining at the Bottom of the Sea, and more. He serves as a columnist for Esquire magazine

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