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The Anomaly
The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
*PRE-ORDER THE NO. 1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER NOW* WINNER OF THE PRIX GONCOURT. 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD. AN INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON. 'An adventure, a page turner, a bestseller, but also an experimental, highly literary work' Le Figaro Magazine One flight. One impossible event. Countless lives changed forever... Everyone on the flight that day had been leading a double life. Blake: a family man/an assassin for hire. Joanna: a formidable lawyer/an insecure woman. Slimboy: a promiscuous, straight rapper/a closeted gay man. When their flight from Paris to New York encountered a terrifying, unexpected bout of turbulence, they all feared for those lives. So upon landing safely, they are happy to put the flight behind them, and continue as normal. The events that follow, however, are anything but normal. For not one plane emerged from the storm - but two. Everyone on the flight that day thought they had been leading a double life. They were wrong - until now. And as they prepare to meet their doubles, they must ask themselves: Can you ever truly be yourself, if there are two of you? 'It's dizzying, exhilarating, brilliant!' Nicholas Carreau, Europe 1 'This novel is an exquisite, insane surprise. Quite simply astounding' Le Journal du Dimanche 'Le Tellier, throughout this flight, deposits on the tarmac his stunned reader, ready to applaud' L'Opinion 'The novel is a tour de force' Toute La Culture
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Christine
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I liked this. Certainly a cool and thought-provoking premise, and an interesting cast of characters (though some felt better developed than others). The story took a few disturbing detours that seemed kind of forced/shoehorned in to me, but otherwise I enjoyed the ride. I did love the narration by Dominic Hoffman.

CBee This is on my #auldlangspine list! Looking forward to reading it. 1w
Christine @CBee Oh nice! Hope you enjoy. 🙂 1w
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Kboltz
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Once you get past page 150 you are all in! Two of the same flights land three months apart. Wonder if there were two of you? Loved this concept. Maybe we are in a simulation!

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Oryx
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I really really enjoyed this. So good. Great concept - a plane inexplicably duplicates - now there are two of every passenger. Great execution - it's not a straightforward narrative, but a really interestingly structured book, and very very readable. And a great start to the year's reading.

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LisaLovesToRead
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It took me awhile to get into, but I did enjoy this book!

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Simona
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The way to treat yourself during the covid … I‘m only one chapter in, but already very intrigued.

batsy Hope you're doing OK and the symptoms are mild 💕💐 3mo
IuliaC Great book! Hope you get well soon! 3mo
rockpools Oh no! Get well soon Simona🌞 3mo
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BarbaraBB Wishing you the best! And I am very curious about this book!! 3mo
Anna40 Get well soon 3mo
Simona Thank you @batsy @IuliaC @rockpools @BarbaraBB @Anna40 I‘m on the lucky side with the coronavirus, I have very mild symptoms, I only feel tired. 3mo
Anna40 Glad you‘re ok 3mo
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BC_Dittemore
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If my TBR list wasn‘t so gigantic, I would go out tonight and buy a hard copy of this and reread it! The skill it takes to pull off a book like this is baffling. There is no main character. The plot, when boiled down, is rather thin. Yet, the structure, the attention to detail, the prose, it all coalesces to form an experience like no other in literature. Also, Dominic Hoffman‘s narration is fantastic; he can read every book to me from now on.

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BC_Dittemore
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Next audiobook on deck…

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Decalino
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This book was a trip, in every sense of the word. I started it while waiting at an airport, maybe not the best idea since the plot involves an Air France flight to NY that encounters terrifying turbulence, with unexpected results. The Anomaly is ultimately a high concept existentential thriller with a distinct flavor of the original French. It quickly reaches conclusions that are open to considerably more debate, but the payoff is a bonkers ending

IuliaC Great review! I very much enjoyed this one too 5mo
Decalino @IuliaC Thanks! 🙂 5mo
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Sapphire
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Probably the best book I have read in years. That is saying something in one of the best reading years I have had since I started keeping track in 1999. It was just a fun, mr toads wild ride. I don‘t know what to say that won‘t give away one layer or another. It‘s like that painting with all the stairs that go in different directions. But fun. And makes you google things.

Sapphire While most of my friends would probably hate it, it‘s one of those books I want to buy everyone a copy and say- you have to read this! (Again, trigger warning for 3 brief mentions of child abuse). 5mo
TheKidUpstairs This sounds like an absolutely delightfully wild ride! Stacked! 5mo
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Sapphire
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I haven‘t had this much fun and excitement from a book since Mr. Penumbra or Harry Potter. Plus, this is smarter and more literary. Love it! Must read. #roadtrip #readaloud

Sapphire Trigger warning, one of the back stories involves child abuse. 5mo
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natashalb
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A plane lands following severe weather related turbulance. Trouble is, the exact same plane, flown by the exact same pilot and containing the exact same passengers landed exacrly 3 months ago....

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Mccall0113
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Started this on the recommendation of a friend. So far the pace is awesome!

IuliaC I really enjoyed this one 👍 8mo
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Kangaj1
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@thearomaofbooks #bookspin #bookspinbingo Thanks for the reminder to post my June bookspin list! I still have quite a few from May that I would like to get to, so we'll see if this list sticks.
Also includes books for #TBRDeckOfCards #Roll100 #AuthorAMonth

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I seem to have a LOT of carry-overs this month! 😂 8mo
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Nathan_Opland-Dobs
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DMC_run8
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I accidentally glanced at a couple of Google reviews before reading this one and, based on those, I might be an outlier. I loved this book. It has so many qualities I don't like but it's different from anything I've read and I really enjoyed it. I reserved it from the library based solely on a patient recommendation. It's one of those books that the less you know going into the better IMO. 5⭐️

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vivastory
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An #airplane carrying several passengers living double lives hits turbulence shortly before landing at JFK & emerges into an alternate reality. Publisher site says of The Anomaly, "high literature follows the lead of a bingeable Netflix tv series" this international bestseller that has been compared to Black Mirror & Twilight Zone & blends multiple genres sounds very intriguing! #savvysettings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Sounds awesome 👏🏻 📖🙌🏻 10mo
Branwen This sounds AMAZING! 😲 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds great! 10mo
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vivastory @Branwen Right? I just stumbled across it the other day online. 10mo
Sapphire My favorite bookseller recommended it and I have it on my tbr. I have a copy in English translation and my husband has a copy in the original French. We hope to read it simultaneously in April. 10mo
arubabookwoman Read this in January. Interesting choice for Prix Goncourt. 10mo
vivastory @Sapphire That will be an interesting experience! 10mo
vivastory @arubabookwoman I thought so too... 10mo
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Floresj
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I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel. It lost me a bit in the middle and I had hard time rejoining the plot line. Good potential, just a bit disconnected.

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DavidDiamond
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At one point in the story, a review of the book The Anomaly (written by one of the characters) is described as such: "Its a strange book, thrillingly fast-paced, unputdownable."
While opinion seems to be split here in the real world, that fictional meta-like review sums up my feelings for the actual book itself.
Plus, how can I not love a book that features a couple cameos by Elton John?

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IuliaC
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A tribute to the OuLiPo manifesto. I loved all the philosophy disguised under this smart thriller.
A plane with over 200 passengers onboard coming out of a terrible storm lands safely 106 days after a perfectly identical copy of it had landed. While the theory explaining the event sounds quite spectacular, the more shocking and thought-provoking is the question: what would you do if you met yourself and had to live in parallel with your double?

kwmg40 I had to look up OuLiPo. Very interesting! 11mo
IuliaC @kwmg40 me too, I found about it right before posting the review when I googled the author's name 😊 11mo
Schwifty This almost sounds like the story of the duplicates in Unspent Time, although that one was a bit like a Monty Python sketch. 11mo
IuliaC @Schwifty I've added this one to my list too! 👍 11mo
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akfreeborn
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This was a terribly clever story of an incident that happens on an airline flight and the people we meet who were affected. The plot is compelling but the various small stories of the passengers allow us to think about the moral, ethical and philosophical issues about who we are to ourselves and each other.

IuliaC Great review! This one is next on my to read list :) 11mo
akfreeborn @luliaC I hope you love it. It is a wild premise! 11mo
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Lesliereadsalot
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I liked this very strange take of a plane that lands identical to a plane that landed three months earlier. Same pilot, same passengers. The characters are really interesting and I liked how the story played out.

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ClairesReads
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The Anomaly is easy to read, compelling and plot driven, and simultaneously hinges on a premise which makes you think and question. I was prepared to forgive a lot of its flaws on account of how interested I was in just what was going on. A little bit of the nuance in terms of the genre play that Le Tellier was aiming for was lost in translation for this reader. It‘s not a literary giant, but it was a fun way to spend a week.

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Sweettartlaura
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A plane goes through turbulence and lands safely… only to come out of the same turbulence 106 days later.
What happened?
My one issue is that the author never convinces you of the theory that he goes with.
That said, the story really is about the people on the plane. In that time, some people die; marry; get pregnant; break up; achieve the success they‘ve worked for. What to do with the alternate version of themselves that knows none of this?

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kbuggle
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Yes! A great slow thriller, reminded me of the concept of the tv show Manifest (I did not watch)- the way the author broke up the chapters by character drew out the full story and the small nuances of what was happening.

Megabooks I have this checked out from the library now. Glad to know it‘s good! 12mo
kbuggle @Megabooks I really enjoyed it, it‘s short and definitely worth reading it before returning! 12mo
Sapphire I am going to start reading aloud in English with my husband on a road trip tomorrow, then I will continue with the English translation while he reads in French. We did watch Manifest so I hope that doesn‘t mess us up! 11mo
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Jari-chan
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This book plays with possibilities. With the What Ifs of our lives. Yes, Le Tellier likes to play and he doesn‘t stop until the very last page. How would you react of you‘d meet yourself? What would be different? What path would you choose?
We follow a couple of characters on their way to accept the unaccaptable, to deal with different life decisions, and the new possibilities to change one‘s past mistakes.

Jari-chan A lot of philosophical and ethical questions are being asked here. There‘s no right, no wrong. Just the Anomaly and us.

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