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    Mind-altering and vocabulary-expanding

    Of all the novels I’ve read this year, Gnomon is by far the most ambitious, conceptually and stylistically. Nick Harkaway is surely the intellectual love-child of M.C.Escher and Umberto Eco. I find it nearly impossible to describe Gnomon. It’s a thriller, a mystery, dystopian (or utopian?), literary, verging in moments on academic. The story unfolds through various interweaving narratives (think David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas). Narration shifts through various third person and first person voices, and yet each voice is so distinct that you never have to wonder whose story you’re reading now. Tension ebbs and flows, and the pace is relatively sedate, with long explorations of mythology, politics, catabasis, and steganography. Gnomon makes you work hard but the payoff is beyond worth it. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Thank you to Nick Harkaway and William Heinemann via NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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