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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I was expecting a speculative or magical realism or maybe even surrealism novel and this one verges much more on Sci-fi. My least favourite part of the book and with the exception of Greg’s hypothesis of after death explained to a child (which I thought was a very clever link), the substance of the stories was too much for me to handle (and comprehend). Picture “Sophie’s World,” “Cloud Atlas” and some arbitrary science fiction novel about artificial intelligence put into a blender, except there are still huge chunks that weren’t blended properly and give you an unpleasant jolt when you accidentally bite into one. So far so reasonably conventional, but later Rachel asleep becomes convinced that an ant has entered her body via her eye – something the rational scientist Eliza of course refuses to believe and which, in the illogical way many decisions are made in real life to ease relationship tensions, leads Eliza to finally 100% commit to the baby idea. I agree with you, the book is such an interesting concept but the philosophy focused theme throughout was a bit over my head, and I did throughly enjoy the second book with the boy stuck out in the water.

For me, this book oscillated between both extremes – writing that felt very externalized and very expository, examining philosophical ideas that came across as vague and un-crystallized. It's quite impressive how it can be so deceptively simple and yet exceedingly complex in terms of narrative structure and themes. Perhaps you gain clarity into something confounding about the world at large, or maybe you experience a small epiphany about your own life.The second Prisoner’s Dilemma chapter is far less about the mathematical/game theory logic of the dilemma itself, and far more about alternative pathways that stem from the co-operate/defect/defeat options, and the chapter explores three storylines about a Cypriot Turkish boy who decides to swim away from shore after his friend’s ball.

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. This book is original, entertaining and thought provoking, and exactly the kind of welcome surprise I look for on any prize list. Weaving in a series of philosophical thought experiments (many of which concentrate on the nature of consciousness), Love and Other Thought Experiments tackles with empathy and feeling themes of consciousness, identity, love and loss. Their entire relationship is precariously hinged on one question that Rachel asks Eliza - Do you believe me? In general, I found the situations in the stories only superficially related to the philosophic statements they were supposed to illustrate.I feel like these books exist for gay men but there STILL isn’t that much for anyone else under the LBGT+ umbrella, outside YA. Se ha clasificado a este libro tanto como una colección de cuentos como una novela, estando a caballo entre ambas.

I think part of the problem may have been my reading mood and not getting caught-up by the story meant I didn’t read it in a few days; putting it aside made the flow (which is hard to pick up anyway) vanish completely. She wrote a novel for readers who enjoy pondering philosophical questions and like authors who turn stories into puzzles - in the Booker context, "Love and Other Thought Experiments" reads like the antidote to the chick lit entry Such a Fun Age, as Ward's novel would also be bona fide material for the Goldsmiths Prize for fiction that breaks the mould. She is diagnosed with cancer, but survives long enough have a child, Arthur, who grows up to become an astronaut.In the first chapter Rachel and Eliza go to see a psychiatrist to talk about the real or imagined ant in the eye. Starts off conventionally enough, about a lesbian couple, one of whom keeps insisting that she has an ant in her eye that is too small to see.

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