Meatspace

Meatspace

Book - 2015
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"Meatspace is the greatest book on loneliness since The Catcher in the Rye" - Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Kitab has had a rough few months. His girlfriend left him. He got fired from his job for writing a novel on company time, but the novel didn't sell and now he's burning through his mom's life insurance money. Kitab is reduced to spending all of his time with his brother and roommate Aziz, coming up with ideas for novelty Tumblrs and composing amusing tweets. But now even Aziz has left him, travelling to America to find his online doppelganger.

So what happens when Kitab's only internet namesake turns up on his doorstep and insists that they are meant to be friends?

In a time when we are obsessed with and defined by our online personas, this clever, sharp, and often hilarious novel dares us to question who we are when we're not in cyberspace but in "meatspace," the real world where people actually talk to each other in the flesh.

Publisher: London :, The Friday Project,, 2015, c2014
ISBN: 9780008137564
Branch Call Number: FIC Shuk
Characteristics: 296 pages

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Michael Colford Oct 31, 2015

Kitab's life it definitely in what you'd call a rut. His girlfriend dumped him, he left his job to write a book using the money from his inheritance generated by the insurance from his mother's death, which didn't sell. Now he spends his life largely in the apartment that he shares with his brother Aziz, surfing the web, checking his Facebook profile and tweeting carefully composed, arch comments. When he ignores a Facebook friend request from someone with the same name, he has no idea the chain of events that he has set off. Add to the, Aziz abruptly decides to leave London and take a wild quest to New York City.

Nikesh Shukla has created a fun, fast-paced tale for this latest generation, the one that lives their entire life online. Meatspace refers to the real world, the one where people interact face-to-face, and where things can get messy, complicated and emotional. The novel and its revelations unfold relatively smoothly, and Shukla's voice is authentic and captivating. If there is one flaw it's that Kitab's struggle with his doppelganger goes on one round too long, and because of that, Aziz's journey occasionally eclipses Kitab's, but it all wraps together beautifully in the end.

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