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On Our Bookshelves: Lexicon

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BOOK: Lexicon

AUTHOR: Max Barry

YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2013

REVIEW:

Max Barry’s Lexicon is a thriller exploring the power of language and the very roots of communication.  Lexicon follows a talented young woman who is selected for a furtive training program that transforms her into one of the most powerful minds in the world.  As the storyline flashes forward and backward in time, we learn of an apocalyptic event in the Australian desert, a secretive group of operatives known as poets, and the suggestion that recent catastrophic events may not be what we have been led to believe.

Filled with references to the Bible and other creation stories, as well as linguistic curiosities, Lexicon is more than a page turner, it is also a love story and an examination of human weakness.  What does it mean to explore intimacy and love?  Can a person feel desire without losing control?

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RATING (one to five whistles, with five being the best): 3.5 Whistles

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Contributor Jonathan Ells lives in Brooklyn with his wife.

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