Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

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Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

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Rachel and Eliza are preparing to have a baby together when an ant crawls into Rachel’s eye and she falls ill.

Then in the second chapter we find ourselves in Cyprus in the head of a seemingly completely unrelated narrator. The prose that was of a higher calibre was in the last half of the book, where we hear from an ant and there's a big, unexpected switch to sci-fi.Each chapter works as a story, immersive and compelling, and then the wider structure takes over, the harmonics sound out, and it accumulates into a universe of its own. Joyce, in Work in Progress, combines it with the English amazing to coin the adjective ameising, meaning wonder inspired by an ant.

This novel had so much potential, which is why its bizarre unraveling felt like a sort of betrayal, like I had been cheated. There is a comprehensive source list at the end of the novel, but some of the influences are more opaque to me, for example Olivia Manning’s The Balkan Trilogy, which seems to be key but I’m unclear why. That said, the chapter itself was interesting in presenting different consequences of one boy’s dilemmas in general, which will be weaved seamlessly into later chapters.

I love the author’s idea to use select thought experiments as thematic arcs for individual chapters to tell the story about one family with warmth and immediacy, weaving the threads of their lives nonlinearly, including alternative unfoldings. I've only just finished reading this and don't feel I can adequately explain my feelings about this book. However, while the first half (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️� Moving onwards in Love and Other Thought Experiments the cleverness of the connections between the stories start to show more and more.

this novel was key to Ward's PhD thesis at Goldsmiths, a thesis provisionally titled 'Imagine I Am, The Use of Narrative in Philosophical Thought Experiments' ( https://www.For example, the second chapter is based around The Prisoner’s Dilemma (which gives me a chance to plug a Richard Powers book based on the same thought experiment), but is actually interested in the different outcomes of that experiment as alternative ways a story could develop.

La idea general, aun no siendo mala del todo, se diluye en un artificio de querer abarcar un envoltorio demasiado grandilocuente.There is only one story in the whole bunch that incited any emotional impact for me at all, and it’s the second piece: a child swims out to sea to retrieve a drifting toy for a friend, and worries he won’t make it back to shore; in three mutually exclusive endings, we see him fight for survival. Ward's ingenious fiction debut stands in a tradition of philosophical fiction: Voltaire's Candide, Sartre's Nausea . It is an act of such breath-taking imagination, daring and detail that the journey we are on is believable and the debate in the mind non-stop. However, this quote does highlight one aspect of the novel, a very human story of a non-traditional extended family and of childhood bereavement (Rachel has a child Arthur via IUI with one of her and Eliza’s friend, himself in a same-sex relationship, leaving Arthur, whose quote this was, with one mother and two fathers after Rachel’s death), and indeed in the early chapters it appears a well-written but relatively normal story in this vein.



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