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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One night Rachel wakes up screaming and tells Eliza that an ant has crawled into her eye and is stuck there. I can think of at least two I’ve read this year alone about aspiring novelists actually in MFA programs, plus one with a slightly different angle that featured a poet. This book just kept on getting weirder and weirder while maintaining the relatable human story at its core. The characters journey across the different chapters to tell us their stories, both the possible ones and the fantasies that unexpectedly merge with reality. Even with the summarized thought experiments giving hints at each turn for the direction in which the narrative is heading, I was completely taken by surprise several times by twists Ward implants into the tale.

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.Then it was just a load of futuristic ramblings which I found too long winded, boring and all a bit silly. My favorite character in this entire novel was by far the ant that crawled into Rachel’s eye that night. Also, knowing what you know at the end of the book makes this conversation take on a whole different significance.

Set in the future and firmly in the genre of Sci-fi, this is where all the previous chapters connect. The way the philosophical thought experiments, mentioned at the start of all chapters, impressively come back loosely in the tales also add to the experience in my view. In one version, as a young adult, he meets Elizabeth, an English tourist, who is the subject of the next chapter in which she is Rachel's mother, living in retirement in Brazil. If you are an avid reader who enjoys puzzling over experimental (but accessible) fiction - and you are not put off by existential philosophy - this one is definitely worth a look. It all makes a kind of sense at the end, but along the way you might find yourself wondering what is happening.Eleven historic “thought experiments” preface (as a sort of epilogue) the individually titled chapters.

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