I Am No One

I Am No One

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"A mesmerizing novel about memory, privacy, fear, and what happens when our past catches up with us. After a decade living in England, Jeremy O'Keefe returns to New York, where he has been hired as a professor of German history at New York University. Though comfortable in his new life, and happy to be near his daughter once again, Jeremy continues to feel the quiet pangs of loneliness. Walking through the city at night, it's as though he could disappear and no one would even notice. But soon, Jeremy's life begins taking strange turns: boxes containing records of his online activity are delivered to his apartment, a young man seems to be following him, and his elderly mother receives anonymous phone calls slandering her son. Why, he wonders, would anyone want to watch him so closely, and, even more upsetting, why would they alert him to the fact that he was being watched? As Jeremy takes stock of the entanglements that marked his years abroad, he wonders if he has unwittingly committed a crime so serious that he might soon be faced with his own denaturalization. Moving towards a shattering reassessment of what it means to be free in a time of ever more intrusive surveillance, Jeremy is forced to ask himself whether he is 'no one', as he believes, or a traitor not just to his country but to everyone around him"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tim Duggan Books, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101905852
Branch Call Number: FIC Flane
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 25 cm

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uncommonreader
Feb 11, 2017

This is an interesting novel about the intense surveillance to which everyone is subjected. The main character is not that likeable and there are questions left hanging. This book is part thriller, mostly critique.

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capitalcity
Nov 16, 2016

Right from the outset, I Am No One came across as having strong shadings of a classic Robert Goddard novel: a lone protagonist trying to make sense of 'what the hell is going on'. The author had constructed a fine platform for the very timely story, with the various planks dovetailing nicely to easily keep the reader's attention. Then, virtually at the very end, a descent into the hackneyed dregs of trite domesticity (violins playing in the background). An opportunity to make a cogent statement as regards our zeitgeist evaporates. Sad.

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