The Thought Gang

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The Thought Gang
First edition (UK)
Author Tibor Fischer
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Polygon Books (UK)
The New Press (US)
Publication date
Media typePrint
ISBN 0-7486-6160-3

The Thought Gang is the second novel by English author Tibor Fischer, published in 1994. According to the Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide (2003) it was 'one of the funniest and most imaginative novels of the last twenty years'. [1]


Plot introduction

Described by the complete review as 'a metaphysical thriller, combining bank robbery and high philosophy', [2] it tells the unlikely tale of Eddie Coffin, an unemployed, overweight, alcoholic philosophy professor who flees Britain for France where he meets Hubert, a one-armed, one-legged thief. They join forces and embark on a bank-robbing spree through France.


Although described by John Updike in The New Yorker as 'a textbook example of an author outsmarting himself', other reviews were more positive. [2] Booklist describes it as 'a rollicking good time' and goes on to say of the author: 'He puns his way through a text that manages to be as witty and erudite as the late novels of Nabokov and every bit as extreme and satirical as Pulp Fiction . [3] The Nation argues that it is 'most notable for the effortless way Fischer integrates philosophy - pages and pages of it - into the flow of the narrative. [3] According to The Times it 'deserves to become a cult novel of the 1990s' [4] and the complete review concludes with 'a very fine novel indeed'. [2]

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  1. Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide ed. Nick Rennison, 6th edition published 2003 by Bloomsbury, page 98
  2. 1 2 3 reserved, the complete review - all rights. "The Thought Gang - Tibor Fischer". Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. 1 2 The Best Novels of the Nineties by Linda Parent Lesher, page 339, ISBN   0-7864-0742-5
  4. "The Thought Gang". The New Press. 1 May 1995. Retrieved 6 November 2018 via Amazon.