The Unnamed, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Joshua Ferris' The Unnamed has been hailed as 'the first great book of the decade' (GQ).

In an America gone awry with strange weather, New York lawyer Tim Farnsworth suffers a peculiar affliction: the inability to stop walking.

While his wife, Jane, struggles to keep their family together in the face of the unfathomable, Tim alone must battle to survive pitiless surroundings, encounters with hostile strangers, and the unrelenting demands of his own body.

These challenges force Tim to ask life's most pressing questions, which he answers in a final return on foot across country to reunite with his wife and daughter.

Stripped of all defences, and the sense of hope that lies at the very heart of the American dream, Farnsworth is compelled to confront the terrifying reality of what it is to be a human being. "A writer almost uniquely in tune with modern life...Ferris' flashes of brilliance are many". (Evening Standard). "Original, affecting. An almost unbearable love story, between remissions of intense connection and the human inevitability of parting, between the haven of marriage and all that lies beyond". (Observer). "A stunner, an unnerving portrait of a man stripped of civilization's defenses". (New Yorker). Joshua Ferris was born in Illinois in 1974. He is the author of Then We Came to the End (2007), which was nominated for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and the highly acclaimed The Unnamed.

In 2010 he was selected for the New Yorker's prestigious '20 under 40' list.

His most recent novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 and the Dylan Thomas Prize 2014.

He lives in New York.




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Improvement on 'Then we came to the end'. Sad portrayal of finding out what it means to be human and what is really important in our lives.

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I found this a truly original take on the pressures of modern life and how close many of us are to the edge.The book is about a man who has spells when he can't stop himself from walking, his body takes over and he just keeps going, whatever the consequences for his health, his family, his work. This allows the author to strip away everything superfluous and focus on the heart of what it is to be human - love and survival. The writing is matter-of-fact and unembellished which makes the story feel even stronger.