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eBook Unknown: A Novel ePub

by Didier Van Cauwelaert,Mark Polizzotti

  • ISBN: 014311901X
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Didier Van Cauwelaert,Mark Polizzotti
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (January 12, 2011)
  • Pages: 164
  • ePub book: 1265 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1842 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 551

Description

Van Cauwelaert starts with a premise that could serve a Hitchcock thriller, a Twilight Zone episode, or a heavy-going exercise in existentialism.

Ships from and sold by Blackinn. Van Cauwelaert starts with a premise that could serve a Hitchcock thriller, a Twilight Zone episode, or a heavy-going exercise in existentialism. The swift final scene-a breathtaking jetT-should surprise even the most jaded fan of thrillers.

Annette Min- gels impressively shows how linguistic innovation empowers Emine Sevgi Ozdamar's debut novel Das Leben ist eine Karawanserei (Life is a Caravan- serei, 1992).

Cauwelaert, Didier van, 1960-; Polizzotti, Mark. Previously published as: Out of my head in 2004. Books for People with Print Disabilities. A novel about one man's struggle to reclaim his identity. Internet Archive Books.

In his high-powered new novel, Didier van Cauwelaert, the award-winning . Had I read the book, before watching the movie, I think I would have enjoyed the novel quite a bit more.

In his high-powered new novel, Didier van Cauwelaert, the award-winning author of One-Way, explores the illusory nature of identity and the instability of the things we take for granted. Dispossessed of his job, his family, his name, and his very past, Martin Harris is an Everyman caught in an absurd and yet disturbingly convincing nightmare, one that seems to have no exit and that resists every explanation. That said, the novel isn’t the movie.

Cauwelaert's idea for this book WAS outstanding, however I don't feel as if he spent enough time on it and the development of the story itself was poor. Its surprising denouement works a retrospective magic.

In this high-powered novel, Didier van Cauwelaert, the award-winning author of One-Way, explores the illusory nature of identity and the instability of the things we take for granted

In this high-powered novel, Didier van Cauwelaert, the award-winning author of One-Way, explores the illusory nature of identity and the instability of the things we take for granted. Part moral fable, part Robert Ludlum-style thriller, Unknown is a fast-paced tale of one man's desperate attempt to reclaim his existence-even at the cost of his own life.

In his high-powered new novel, Didier van Cauwelaert, the award-winning author of One-Way, explores the illusory nature of identity and the instability of the things we take for granted

In his high-powered new novel, Didier van Cauwelaert, the award-winning author of One-Way, explores the illusory nature of identity and the instability of the things we take for granted. Part moral fable, part Robert Ludlum-style thriller, Out of My Head is a fast-paced tale of one man's desperate attempt to reclaim his existence-even at the cost of his own life.

by Didier van Cauwelaert & translated by Mark Polizzotti. But van Cauwelaert nimbly sidesteps cliché and pretense, coming up with a series of sometimes dazzling scenes on the theme of identity.

Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Cauwelaert, Didier van, 1960-. Identity (Psychology) - Fiction.

Martin Harris returns home after a short absence to find that his wife doesn't know him and another man is living in his house under his name. The imposter shares all of Martin's memories, experiences, and knowledge down to the last detail. Is it conspiracy? Amnesia? An elaborate hoax or his own paranoid delusion? Part moral fable, part thriller, Unknown is a fast-paced tale of one man's desperate attempt to reclaim his existence-even at the cost of his own life.Watch a Video

Comments

Lightbinder Lightbinder
The book is an easy reader of suspense, rather predictible but fun to read, the only thing that I did not like very much is that the author winds up the story in too few pages: something like "and well... that's it" when I think there was material for a more elaborated end.
Tam Tam
The author spent so much time placing his environmental politics in the mouth of his protagonist that I got bored reading and subtracted from what have been a interesting plot. Some authors can't help but pontificate through there characters rather than write a good and entertaining story.
Mr.Bean Mr.Bean
Having seen previews of the movie, I ordered this for my Kindle.
Very intriguing and spell-binding. However, I did find it to be predictable.
Thiama Thiama
This was one of the books I got during my Barnes and Noble haul online. Now I'm actually dreading reading this right now. I don't even want to write this blog post. Its not that I'm lazy but it literally made me want to return this book back to Barnes & Noble. I was disappointed with the book overall.
This book made me want to throw it on to the train tracks. I didnt want to complete this book; I got it because I thought it would be just as good as the movie. But I was wrong, dead wrong. So given that this post will be very short.
The reasons why I personally dislike this book it goes as followed,
1) It was boring. It did not hold my attention at all. I expected it to be like the movie, guess not.
2) Everything just started. It really didn't give me much to read and work with.
3) It wasn't anything like the movie.
Give that onto the rating we go. I actually rated this book of 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. Keep this in mind this book has roughly 3.5 stars overall. Thanks again for reading!
Coiril Coiril
Unknown is a reprint of the 2004 published Out of My Head with the movie poster for a book cover and movie's name replacing the original title. I certainly missed knowing about the original book when it came out, so am glad the publishers did this, or I would have missed out on a great book. I haven't seen the movie so can't compare the two, however this is a very, very good book, a sort of Harlan Coben style plot where as a reader you go along with the narrator on his journey of confusion, frustration and every other feeling he goes through as he tries to discover what is going on and why it is happening to him. Basically the plot revolves around Martin Harris, a brilliant botanist scientist, whose about to revolutionise the world with his work, that's why he just moved to Paris with his wife. However he's involved in a taxi crash which leaves him in a coma for three days. No one comes to visit him during the recovery days which is a little annoying, but nothing compared to the stress Martin goes through when he knocks on his door and another man is living in his apartment. The angry man claims to be him and his wife supports this. Since Martin never got to know his new neighbours they along with the police all assume Martin is some sort of con artist or escaped mental patient. Martin knows who he is and is determined to prove this fact and reclaim his life.

This is a short read, a novella of 164 pages that you just won't want to put down. The ending comes and wraps up quickly in just a few pages, which is my only criticism of what up to then I would have labelled one of the best books I've read in a long time. It also sort of feels rushed in coming up as a how to end this brilliant up to then story solution. I'm interested now in checking out the movie just to see if it ends a bit better and clearer than the book.
Arlana Arlana
Unknown by Dieter van Cauwelaert is a psychological thriller that revolves around Martin Harris--an American botanist who arrives in Paris for a conference, only for his taxi to get into an accident which leads Harris into a coma. After waking up from his coma, Harris goes up to where he's staying with his wife, only to see that another man has taken his place and is claiming to be the botanist Martin Harris.

Ok, so this came out in the movie theaters recently with Liam Neeson starring as Martin Harris, January Jones as the wife, and Helen Kruger as the taxi driver. Also the movie takes place in Berlin instead of Paris. But nevertheless, I'm always interested in what makes one book into a movie, while other books remain books. And reading the story, I can understand why Hollywood came calling.

First of all, the core of the book is a deep psychological mystery. What's it like to have another person living your life? Having the exact same childhood, spouse, and profession? At first glance, this may seem like a science fiction type set-up. But the good thing about this story is there's no fantasy involved. Everything is very real. The story pulls you in, and you walk alongside Harris--feeling the same emotions of confusion and anger as he does. The author makes it clear that something sinister is going on, but keeps you clueless until the end.

Another good aspect of this book were the characters. As the main character, Martin Harris is sympathetic. As he runs to the police and tries to speak to his wife, no one believes him, except for the taxi driver--another sympathetic character who is a single mother and in danger of losing her taxi license after the crash. In balance to the sympathetic characters, we have the shadowy characters--like Harris' wife, and Martin Harris #2.

Overall, this was a decent European thriller. It's super short and quick to read. There's no superfluous information, it's all about the main plot. For me, it was an enjoyable read. Looking forward to seeing the movie.