I know this book received some acclaim, but I must disagree with any positive review of this book. I feel like the little boy in the Emperor's New Clothes. After reading the book, I attended a panel discussion with the Author, Rivka Galchen. The book is neither science based, suspenseful, or even entertaining. As an exploration of memory, mind, or even madness, it is banal and rampant with pseudo science. As written from the perspective of the madman, it is not only confusing, but boring. The reader needs some reliable reference to comprehend the novel. The writing style is pretentious and silly. If you enjoy reading the 'New Yorker', you might enjoy this read. The performance of the audio book was flat, and uniteresting. Although to be fair to Malcolm Hilgartner, there would not likely be any amount of drama created by his delivery to keep you awake for this over long novel. If you would like to avoid buyer's remorse, stop now. To end on a positive note, Rivka seems to be a very intelligent, accomplished person in a variety of disciplines. This was her first book, and perhaps she will improve with practice. I will need some convincing before I read another Rivka Galchen book.
I saw no redeeming qualities in this book.
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