S- The Search for Straka

“What begins at the water shall end there. And what ends there shall once more begin”

And the book that the quote has been taken from is as enigmatic as the quote itself. And yes, I’m talking about “S” a book by Doug Dorst and J J Abrams (better known from Lost and Fringe). I must confess I didn’t know of the book’s existence until it was actually gifted to me. The book is unusual not only in its content but also its format. The actual plot of the book revolves around the effort of two people trying to find the identity of a mysterious author- V M S Straka- whose last work they are reading. Except that their story develops as margin notes that they write in the book.

The book comes in it’s own pouch- you have to break open the seal with the names of the authors to pull it out.

S
S

Inside is a book that looks and feels like an old library book- this is the book supposedly written by V M S Straka called ” The Ship of Theseus”

Ship of Theseus
Ship of Theseus

The book is full of interesting things inserted into – all of which add to the plot in some way.

Documents Inserts
Documents Inserts
Postcards
Postcards

And I was tempted to add my own to the collection- a Pied Hornbill feather- souvenir from one of my trips.

That feather wasn't part of the book
That feather wasn’t part of the book

One of the things that I was most struck about was the presence of three intersecting tales of love- the one of the amnesiac central character of Straka’s book, the one of Straka’s translator and co-worker (who has also never met Straka) and that of the two people writing in the margins.

Margin Notes
Margin Notes

You can read the book in a variety of ways- you can read the central Ship of Theseus without reading any of the margin notes or the inserts or you can read them all together or you can read the inserts and margin notes and then read the story- completely up to you!

Coolest Calling Card Ever
Coolest Calling Card Ever
Especially with that quote
Especially with that quote

(All photos from my phone camera)

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Apar says:

    Are you close to your target for the year – number of books? 🙂

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      No way- still a long way off!

  2. Nirmala says:

    Seems like a very different sort of interesting book!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      It is!

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