I Am No One

I Am No One

A Novel

Large Print - 2016
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Middle-aged American college professor Jeremy O'Keefe has returned to the U.S. after teaching at Oxford for 10 years and gaining dual U.S.-British citizenship. His life, however, is unsettled. Once back in New York City, teaching at NYU, he feels like a stranger in his own country, with an uncomfortable sense of cultural dislocation and loneliness. Then mysterious boxes arrive at his apartment, and his tenuous grip is truly shaken. The boxes contain his whole digital life for the past 10 years--Internet data, phone records, and photos. Clearly, he has been under surveillance for years, but he has no idea why. Jeremy's paranoia spikes when he also realizes he is being shadowed by Michael Ramsey, who claims to be a former student. Jeremy thinks back to his years at Oxford, trying to figure out what might have triggered such detailed surveillance, and why someone would want him to know he was being watched. Potential reasons include his strained relationship with another Oxford professor, as well as his illicit romance with Fadia, an Egyptian graduate student with dangerous political connections.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410494931
Branch Call Number: LPF FLANERY, PATRICK
Characteristics: 537 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Feb 11, 2017

This is an interesting novel about the intense surveillance to which everyone is subjected. The main character is not that likeable and there are questions left hanging. This book is part thriller, mostly critique.

Nov 16, 2016

Right from the outset, I Am No One came across as having strong shadings of a classic Robert Goddard novel: a lone protagonist trying to make sense of 'what the hell is going on'. The author had constructed a fine platform for the very timely story, with the various planks dovetailing nicely to easily keep the reader's attention. Then, virtually at the very end, a descent into the hackneyed dregs of trite domesticity (violins playing in the background). An opportunity to make a cogent statement as regards our zeitgeist evaporates. Sad.


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