novel quickly became a bestseller following its March 7 2000 release, although
it had already developed a cult following through gradual release over the
Internet. It was followed by the companion piece, The Whalestoe Letters.
page layout and style. It contains copious footnotes, which often contain
additional footnotes themselves; the direction of the text frequently flows in
unusual directions; and some sections of the book have only a few lines of text
or just a word or two on each page, arranged in strange ways, often to create a
claustrophobic effect or to otherwise mirror the events in the story. The novel
is also distinctive for its multiple narrators, which interact with each other
throughout the story in disorienting and elaborate ways."
[Thanks Amelia Clarke, West Yorkshire]