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

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This novel had so much potential, which is why its bizarre unraveling felt like a sort of betrayal, like I had been cheated. A book that declares, winningly, that just because it's all in your head, it doesn't mean it's not real. novel Love and Other Thought Experiments is a confounding and compelling read that I think will have lasting effects on my reading life; exactly how that will play out is still to be discovered. Each chapter begins with the explanation of a particular thought experiment and then uses that experiment as the foundation of the fiction that follows. Other stories are magical or science fictional, and a couple are very philosophical- focused primarily on conveying a single experimental idea.

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. 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. This is not to say that the story is not clever and well written, it is just done in a way that the end of the book makes the reader have to work too hard to join the dots (and it is Sci-Fi). That’s definitely an understandable sort of impatience, and I agree that we could do with more books that tackle LGBTQ+ themes directly.

These pieces all fit into a single over-arcing narrative, but they’re varied enough that one never knows what to expect next. Rachel and Eliza are preparing to have a baby together when an ant crawls into Rachel’s eye and she falls ill.

Later on there’s another story in which we approach a main character’s imminent death, but while appropriately disturbing, it does not quite land with the same blow to the reader’s feelings. These are imaginative devices to contemplate a different hypothesis or unsolvable riddle which provokes questions about the meaning of consciousness, the shape of reality and the limits of perception.The novel literally brings these questions to life while telling a moving tale about a family which spans many decades and imaginatively dips into a variety of perspectives. In the first story you have no idea why there should be this computer speak there, and so I ignored it, probably didn’t even read it, skipping on to the next line. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I did enjoy how each chapter initially disorients the reader, and more or less 'pulls the rug out', and how one had to figure out exactly how the pieces are fitting.

Also, however brilliant YA is, there are some things it just can’t tackle because of the constraints of its remit – e. However, it is not until the final chapter of the book that the significance of those alternatives will start to fall into place. Ward has achieved something quite extraordinary: a super-smart metaphysical romp that's also warm, wistful and heartfelt. There is a full and comprehensive “Further Reading” section at the end of the book (re-enforcing the academic context of this book). Rachel Cusk ( “A life’s work” a book she alternately snarled at and wept into” (119), Borges, Anthony Trollope and Charles Dickens among them.De cualquier manera, más que de temas fantásticos, el libro habla de relaciones entre pareja y entre madre e hijo, especialmente, sobre cómo estas relaciones se mantienen ante el paso del tiempo y enfrentándose a circunstancias adversas. This is a fascinating philosophical fiction novel with an interesting premise - each of the 10 chapters begin with a classic thought experiment, which are like writing prompts that take the book forward. I was distracted by the title of this book into believing that this would be another one of those problems of the middle-class, middle-aged that I have always assumed dominate Booker Prize Lists.

I think the emotional distance is going to get in the way for a lot of readers who look for personal connections in what they read. One night in bed, Rachel thinks that an ant crawls into her eye and after the birth of Arthur she is diagnosed with a brain tumour. The novel consists of a series of connected short episodes, each based around a philosophical thought experiments which is explicitly explained at the start of each chapter. It is one of those books that I thank the Booker prize for because I am not sure I would have come across it otherwise.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. What follows is a uniquely im aginitive sequence of interlinked stories ranging across time, place and perspective to form a sparkling philosophical tale of love, lost and found across the universe. I suppose that while I like the idea of more casual rep in fiction that’s probably better as an end-game goal and not as helpful while publishing still has a lot of transitioning to do in making sure marginalized voices are being given an equal platform.

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