Codex by Lev Grossman

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About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hot-shot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. When asked to uncrate and organize a personal library of rare books, Edward's indignation turns to intrigue as he realizes that there may be a unique medieval codex hidden among the volumes, a treasure kept locked away for many years and for many reasons. As friends draw Edward into a peculiar and addictive computer game, his obsession deepens as he discovers surprising parallels between the game's virtual reality and the mystery of the codex. An accomplished and entertaining thriller, Codex explores the mysterious power of books in the medieval and modern ages.

About Lev Grossman

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LEV GROSSMAN is the book critic for Time magazine and author of the international bestseller, Codex. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published May 2, 2005 by Mariner Books. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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In the weird way of the computer game that follows Edward through his forthcoming adventures, the Bowmrys (family name: Went) are clients of Edward’s employers and owners of a fabulous flat at the top of an otherwise tatty building, an apartment Edward comes to know when his employers inform him ...

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Alittle more than halfway through ''Codex,'' Lev Grossman's second novel, an investment banker named Edward Wozny comes upon a bookcase full of ''books about books -- bibliographies of obscure literary figures, catalogs of long-dispersed scriptoria, histories of printing and publishing and bindin...

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Book Reporter

Young New York banker Edward Wozny has his first vacation in years before him and has no idea how to spend his time.

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Entertainment Weekly

Still, Grossman (a writer for EW's sister magazine TIME) creates an alluring and meticulous fantasy world, replete with a sexy duchess, a jaded academic (''a cross between Stephen Hawking and Nancy Drew''), and a shadowy programmer whose virtual-reality game seems to parallel Edward's own cha...

Feb 27 2004 | Read Full Review of Codex


While it is certainly enjoyable and educational, TIME book critic Grossman's novel is also at times an exercise in frustration—both for its characters and its readers.

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Bookmarks Magazine

David Lazarus Salon 3 of 5 Stars "Part of the fun of Codex is watching Wozny get introduced to the birth of English narrative, incubated in the time of Chaucer and, at the same time, instructed in the state of the art of multiplayer interactive gaming plotlines."

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Codex


Lev Grossman's novel "Codex" follows two weeks in the life of 25-year-old Edward Wozny, a "hard-charging, highly paid" investment banker in the New York firm of Esslin and Hart.

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