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Codex by Lev Grossman
  

Codex

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An obsession to find an ancient book that many believe doesnât exist lies at the centre of this jigsaw puzzle of a novel. Complex, intriguing and slow to build, it unfolds the mystery alongside a marriage falling apart and a deep love of books. Interestingly the publishers have made it look very like The Da Vinci Code when itâs not even a thriller. Mystery, yes, a novel of reactions and relationships, but there is no thrust of excitement. Itâs more Name of the Rose than Dan Brown.

Comparison: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, A S Byatt, Dan Brown.
Similar this month: None but Susanna Clarke.

If you like Lev Grossman you might also like to read books by Dan Brown, A S Byatt and Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

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Codex by Lev Grossman

A LONG-LOST LIBRARY. A PRICELESS MANUSCRIPT. A DEADLY SECRET ... About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hot-shot young banker, is sent to help one of his firms most important and mysterious clients. When asked to un-crate and organise a personal library of rare books, Edward's indignation turns to intrigue as he realises that among the volumes there may be hidden a unique medieval codex, a treasure kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons.

Edward's intrigue becomes an obsession that only deepens as friends draw him into a peculiar and addictive computer game, as mystifying parallels between the game's virtual reality and the legend of the codex emerge …

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A compulsively readable novel * Iain Pears * A genuine treat, with its sneaky plot and richly textured storytelling. It also moves so fast that readers won't realize how smart it is * San Francisco Chronicle * Codex takes its place on the shelf [with] The Name of the Rose, Possession and A Case of Curiosities, and it's as entertaining as any of them * New York Times * Fabulously entertaining ... By turns fascinating, compelling, and deliciously disturbing. It's an intelligent thriller that truly is just that: intelligently thrilling * Boston Globe * Mesmerizing from start to finish ... A fabulous double-helix of a novel * Baltimore Sun *


About the Author

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is a novelist and Time magazine's book critic. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he has written articles for the New York Times, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York and the Village Voice. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Publication date

1st September 2005

Author

Lev Grossman

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Thriller / Suspense
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780099491224

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