Codex by Lev Grossman; 2004; $14.95; 348 pages; Mariner Books, Boston, MA; 978-0-15-602859-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 3/14/17-3/21/15
Why did I read this? I am going to an event in Cannon Beach in May featuring five authors and Lev Grossman is the one I had never read anything from.
Edward in getting ready to transfer from New York to London in his job as a financial planner when he is approached by an English couple to unpack and catalog a collection of books. Also he is supposed to see if he can locate a particular book in the collection. As he gets involved in sorting the collection he begins to wonder about the particular book and begins to do some research into the book and enlists some help from a scholar. He also gets involved in a MPORPG video game, which seems to tie in somehow to the book. As he gets further into things, the situation gets even stranger. I was completely befuddled by the ending of the book. I read the last four pages of the book at least three times to try and understand what happened.