A Novel

Book - 2001
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The novels of David Lodge have earned comparisons to the fiction of John Updike and Philip Roth and established him as "a cult figure on both sides of the Atlantic" (The New York Times). Thinks..., his new novel, is a timely and witty story about secret infidelities and the nature of consciousness. The story unfolds in the alternating voices of Ralph Messenger, the director of the Holt Belling Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Gloucester in England, and Helen Reed, a recently widowed novelist who has taken up a post as writer-in-residence at Gloucester. Ralph, who is much in demand as a pundit on developments in artificial intelligence, believes that computers may one day be conscious; Helen believes that literary fiction constitutes the richest record of human consciousness. The two are mutually attracted and fascinated by their differences, but Helen resists Ralph's bold advances on moral principles. The standoff between them is shattered by a series of events and discoveries that dramatically confirm the truth of Ralph's dictum that "we can never know for certain what another person is thinking." Told with Lodge's inimitable wry humor and elegant style, Thinks... offers both a delightful take on love and life in one of the lusher habitats of middle England and a playful yet searching examination of the complexities of human consciousness.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670899845
Call Number: F Lodge Da
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 23, 2008

David Lodge at his best! Sharp and witty social observations, hillarious situations and dialogue as well as an overview of cognitive science done in an ingenious literary way. Curious about thought experiments like: how it is to be a bat or the story of Mary, the colour scientist? - this book is a must! There is also a good measure of romance, tumble in the sheets, and mid-life reflection. Highly recommended.


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