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

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She was fading like a once vivid stain on a sheet that with every wash grows paler until you forget it had ever existed. 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. For example, throughout some of the stories there were words – commands from a computer system in different font; in the initial story of Rachel and Eliza, the ant and the final stories about Zeus and space. Many elements of the basic storyline, as well as additional characters like Rachel’s parents or a Cypriot Turkish boy Ali, are retold in different versions as the author probes a number of “thought experiments” on her characters and their interconnected lives.

This book is original, entertaining and thought provoking, and exactly the kind of welcome surprise I look for on any prize list. Nevertheless (or maybe to overcome their problems), they decide to have a child with their gay friend Hal. La idea general, aun no siendo mala del todo, se diluye en un artificio de querer abarcar un envoltorio demasiado grandilocuente. If you're looking for a read that may challenge you at times, but also enthrall, confound, delight and inspire you, this is an excellent read. Rachel, Eliza, Arthur, Greg, Hal, Ali and Zeus are all weaving their ways through a web constructed from repetitions and impossibilities, and it is only through understanding this web that do we, as readers, recognize the new and visionary in the timeline of the story.There are a few LGBTQ+ characters included at the forefront of the cast, but they seem to exist naturally and without identity-based conflict in this world, thus failing to generate any social commentary; I think it’s very important for marginalized characters to be present in books this way, as people worth the page space without having to examine their lives for the reader’s benefit, but again it doesn’t exactly help one connect to or feel for these characters. However, it is not until the final chapter of the book that the significance of those alternatives will start to fall into place. El resultado es bastante extraño, con varios capítulos que parecen de relleno y otros que tienen una buena premisa, pero que fallan en una ejecución demasiado fingida en sus formas. 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. And I know that phrase, 'what it means to be human', is such a cliche and that's a shame because this book will probably end up deserving a better review than I am about to give it.

Here, each of the ten chapters begins with a 'thought experiment', and while about half of the time I could make out how the following narrative exemplified some aspect of such, in the other half it left me scratching my head on how they interfaced. Ward has a Open University Degree in Literature and Philosophy and a PhD in the use of narrative in philosophy of the mind. Everything after that is complicated, as we have one chapter narrated by the ant, which is nibbling away on Rachel’s tumour and we have Arthur who becomes an astronaut flying missions to Mars. 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. With cover blurbs by industry giants, expensive pre-publication media blitzes, and Book Club promotions by OprahReeseSarahJessica, many second-rate novels skirt critical assessment on their way to orchestrated popular acclaim.I've only just finished reading this and don't feel I can adequately explain my feelings about this book. One night, Rachel wakes up in hysterics after having a nightmare in which an ant crawled into her eye and took up residence in her brain. I understand and respect the academia of the experiments, but in a number of cases I struggled to get the essence (after looking on line, as I imagine most people who are not philosophers, will need to do). For instance, the ant, new to human feelings, describes what he feels when Rachel discloses her cancer diagnosis to her mother, saying the “burden of this disguise has worn us both down, wrapped, it seems, in hope and desire, bitter memories and the almond tang of sugar and death. Eliza wants to believe her partner but, as a scientist, can’t affirm something that doesn’t make sense (“We don’t need to resort to the mystical to describe physical processes,” she says).

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. Like, I kinda of didn’t care about the plot, but I did enjoy following with the main character’s emotions. The prose is sharp and confident, in a way that you very soon get a picture of the characters ( She had become the sort of person she approved of but she wasn’t sure she had chosen anything she actually wanted).Por la noche, Rachel se despierta con un dolor en el ojo y está convencida de que una hormiga ha entrado en su interior usando ese órgano, algo que cuenta con toda la incredulidad por parte de su mujer Eliza. Using philosophical ideas - the 'thought experiments' of the title to tell a story with many threads. Each is at least partially an illustration of a philosophical thought experiment which is introduced first, and although there are connections and an overall narrative of sorts, there are numerous inconsistencies and alternative pathways - the reasons for that become clearer towards the end. And you could certainly find it more emotionally engaging than I did too- I really do hope you’ll enjoy the read when you get to it! Sophie Ward's writing is as clear as a knife sounded against a glass and just as attention-grabbing.

And, I could se where all of this is going as the links between the stories are more or less evident. Ward's ingenious fiction debut stands in a tradition of philosophical fiction: Voltaire's Candide , Sartre's Nausea . I wish I could provide a more helpful review, but a description could never do the book justice, and I honestly believe it’s the sort of book where the less you know going in, the better.The book was written as an extension of a post graduate student project (at Goldsmiths College, London), and I think it reflects that, with its academic and highly formalised creative writing construct. Instead, I settled for doing a few jumping jacks and pacing around the kitchen for a bit until I exhausted myself.

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