Geoff Ryman – 253


Geoff Rymans’ 253 is a strangely mesmerising read. It tells in 253 chapters with each chapter containing 253 words, the mini life stories of the 252 passengers and the driver of an underground train, hence the 253 of the title.
The book was originally produced as an inter-net book and can still be read on-line with hyper-links an integral part of the reading experience.
In book form it includes misleading and fictional footnotes, spoof adverts and train seating plans.

Each character on the train is described and there is something wonderfully mesmerising and addictive about the form of this novel.
I have find these almost perfect reading and there is something oddly haunting about these tiny snippets of story telling.

If you are interested in accessible experimental writing, give it a go.

About cathi rae

50ish teacher & aspiring writer and parent of a stroppy teenager and carer for a confused bedlington terrier and a small selection of horses who fail to shar emy dressage ambitions. Interested in contemporary fiction but find myself returning to PG Wodehouse when the chips are down View all posts by cathi rae

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