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Mr. Eternity Hardcover – August 9, 2016

3.3 out of 5 stars 38 ratings

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Editorial Reviews


"[A] sharp, inventive and compassionate novel . . . to be savored and heeded." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Mr. Thier’s dizzying time-travels will inevitably call to mind David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas,” and the danger of such books is that they tend to grow solemn and sanctimonious as they peer into the future. Happily, “Mr. Eternity” remains playful even as it relates catastrophe." - The Wall Street Journal

"With symbolism and analogy, surrealism and fantasy, Thier deftly reflects on and explores the human condition through ‘the lavender light and sweet scented dust of history.’ Erudite. Imaginative. A work to be read slowly and savored." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews

"Thier uses his deathless protagonist to chart the rise and fall of the American empire, and also those certainties--love, trade--that afflict every age . . . The moral imagination behind Defoe’s adventures rivals that of his namesake, begging comparison to the best literature has to offer." - Publishers Weekly

"Thier’s story lines entwine in Faulknerian brilliance . . . An enchanting, humorous, and visionary experience." - Booklist

"Only a writer as wickedly smart as Aaron Thier would think to write such a twisted and wild story about Florida and climate change and time-battered Daniel Defoe; only Aaron Thier could pull it all off with such aplomb and in such gleeful and spiny language. Mr. Eternity will be sizzling in my brain for a long time." - Lauren Groff, author of FATES AND FURIES

"The end of the world has never been so much fun as in Aaron Thier’s brilliant cavalcade of a novel. Careening back- and forward while staying peacefully centered, offering absurdities and heartbreaks in equal measure, Mr. Eternity is a moving exploration of our past, present, and future discombobulations." - Daniel Handler, author of WHY WE BROKE UP and WE ARE PIRATES

"The combination of vivid inventiveness at the sentence level, and wide-ranging vistas across the centuries, makes this novel a joy to read. Daniel Defoe himself would have loved this book." - Kim Stanley Robinson, author of THE MARS TRILOGY

"Aaron Thier's Mr. Eternity is shrewd, smart, and funny." - Elizabeth Kolbert, author of THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

"An absolutely phenomenal book, a comedy of everything. Astonishing." - Michael Hofmann, critic and author of WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?: SELECTED ESSAYS

"The books reminds me of a modern Candide . . . Read this book, it's awesome." - Ryan Holiday, "Reading Recommendation" Newsletter

"[A]n amazing work of staggering genius . . . Aaron Thier has reinvented the comic novel, reimagined the picaresque, written the Don Quixote for our time -- one that features not a mad idealist but a cynical wit, appropriate for this century and the ones (if any) to follow." - Betsy Burton, "Books & Beats," KUER

"Clever, smart, and brilliantly comic as it deals with our humanity, our resilient spirit, and the tremendous challenges that demand our cooperative attention . . . This genre-bending page-turner is a blast to read!" - Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA

"Thier likes messin' with historicity, as did Faulkner, and he uses crisp precise wit, as did (Donald) Barthelme, to mess with it." - Padgett Powell

About the Author

Aaron Thier is the author of the novels Mr. Eternity, a finalist for the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor, and The Ghost Apple, a semifinalist for the 2015 Thurber Prize. A regular contributor to The Nation and a graduate of Yale University and the MFA program at The University of Florida, Thier received a 2016 NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing. He lives in Great Barrington, MA.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.18 pounds
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1632860937
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1632860934
  • Product Dimensions : 6.37 x 1.03 x 9.58 inches
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury USA; 1st Edition (August 9, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.3 out of 5 stars 38 ratings
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