The Tesseract is a Chinese puzzle of a novel, beautifully written and suspensefully crafted. Set in the Philippines and spanning three generations, it follows three stories whose characters' fates are intertwined: gangsters on a chase through the streets of Manila; middle-class parents putting their children to bed in the suburbs; and a couple of street kids and the wealthy psychologist who is studying their dreams. It is a novel that balances science against religion, and our wills against our fates, asking the ever elusive question of where meaning lies.
©2000 Alex Garland; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"[The Tesseract] feels...like a Quentin Tarantino or John Woo movie, seasoned with some Graham Greene. It is as thoroughly assured a performance as The Beach and just as violently entertaining....Mr. Garland is a natural at orchestrating violent set pieces with deadpan panache, but he also proves in this novel that he can create odd, oddly sympathetic people with unexpected inner lives." (The New York Times)
"His ambitious second novel is like the charm carried by one of its characters: at once consoling and intoxicatingly alien." (The New Yorker)
Just finished listening/reading. Halfway through the audio, I bought the book. I have been reading and listening to the end and will immediately begin again. I bought this book after watching Alex Garland's Ex Machina, neither one of which can be properly explained but must be experienced. Amazing tesseract.
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