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A Novel Idea!: Ship of Theseus - 2018

Ship of Theseus

Review by Chris M.

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“S.” or Ship of Theseus, J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst Affordance Challenged – Typical Reading of a novel. Reader must dissect the marginal text to reveal Meta-narrative alongside the ‘original’ text. One Sentence Summary: With notes marked within the margins of the text, the reader must dissect not only the traditional story narrative of “Ship of Theseus,” but understand the often out of place margin scribblings between a discouraged grad student and hopeful senior as they write notes back and forth to one another in this university library book. Quote One:

“Do you always travel with such cumbersome books?"
"I don't trust anyone who wouldn't.”

Quote Two: “We're all just in the muck trying to believe we're capable of greatness, but closer to breaking than we want to admit. And we tell ourselves stories--about ourselves, but maybe also all these stories about other people, about characters--as a way to hide from how small we are.” Quote Three: “What begins at the water shall end there, and what ends there shall once more begin. Words are a gift to the dead and a warning to the living.”


  • Length: 472 pages
  • Published by: Mulholland Books; 2013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316201643
  • Category:  Fiction