The Weight of Numbers by Simon Ings

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The Weight of Numbers describes the metamorphosis of three people: Anthony Burden, a mathematical genius destroyed by the beauty of numbers; Saul Cogan, transformed from prankster idealist to trafficker in the poor and dispossessed; and Stacey Chavez, ex-teenage celebrity and mediocre performance artist, hungry for fame and starved of love. All are haunted by Nick Jinks, a malevolent curse of a man who seems to be everywhere at once. As a grid of connections emerge between a dusty philosophical society in London and an African revolution, between international container shipping and celebrity-hosted exposés on the problems of the Third World—this novel sends the specters of the Baby Boom’s liberal revolutions floating into the unreal estate of globalization and media overload—with a deadly payoff.The Weight of Numbers is an artful and deadly novel that traces the secret histories and paranoid fantasies of our culture into a future globalized in ways both liberating and hideous, full of information and empty of meaning. Simon Ings has delivered a storytelling tour de force that will alter some of your most cherished beliefs.

About Simon Ings

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Simon Ings's most recent novel is "The Weight of Numbers". His science features and interviews have appeared in magazines as diverse as "New Scientist, Wired", and "Dazed and Confused". Ings lives in London.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 440 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But though the book’s pleasures are only intermittent, they do exist: Ings is a graceful writer, and he’s on firm footing in the sections about Cogan’s involvement in London’s late-’60s revolutionary foment, and his descriptions of urban pranksters, squatters and activists of both the peace-and-l...

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Readers’ Opinions Forum: Book News and Reviews The book begins in October 1965, with Jim Lovell and his wife, Marilyn (you remember Jim Lovell: Tom Hanks in “Apollo 13”).

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November 1992: drought ends Mozambique's 17-year civil war and two middle-aged English drifters meet under circumstances of casual violence - a teacher named Cogan and Jinks, an adventurer from the fens, on the run for years, who had "somehow sidestepped the big events of his day" yet still manag...

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