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Schrodinger's Baby Paperback – 7 May 1998

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (7 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749930527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749930523
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,477,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE STORY - is mainly set in and around a fairly typical student household. It is narrated by Kerry - an articulate, studious, rationalist, who becomes involved with Kerry - a gutsy, volatile, dramatist. Their relationships - both with each other and with their fellow housemates - becomes the main focus of the book for until, about a third of the way through, Julia discovers what initially appears to be a dead body - a dead body dressed cornily in a vampire-costume! This body (or apparition?) then disappears, Julia begins questioning her own sanity and her relationship with Kerry becomes increasingly strained as the truth behind the mystery gradually unfolds. The characterisation is spot on - containing a believable and realistic set of characters.

This is a story about opposites - how various traits and states of being can co-exist alongside their own antithesis - ie life and death, truth and lies, logic and passion, reasoning and madness, intimacy and mistrust. On another level it is about the blurring of absolutes.

As soon as I'd finished this book I immediately turned back to the first page and began re-reading it all over again. I enjoyed it so much.

WHO WILL AND WILL NOT LIKE THIS BOOK This is probably a book for and about contemporary urbanites and generation-xers, perhaps some more conservative, traditional types over in rural middle-England may find it difficult to identify and relate to? Also the 296 pages of text are divided only into three parts - this may put off tabloid-reader-types who may need bite-sized, easily-digestible fragments of text that are broken-down beneath lots of sub-headings, or reduced into tiny chapters, before they will read anything? Nevertheless it's a very gripping and lucidly written read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
The premise is interesting but the book is dull, ponderous, at times pompous, the characters are all horrid and yet have no redeeming features to make us like them anyway. I hate not to finish a book once I have started it but I needed to take constant breaks from this one to read other (good) books & then I would wearily turn back to it, wade through treacle again, become bored & irritated very quickly, put it aside ... and so on. Even the final pay-off isn't worth the effort of getting to the end. Don't bother. There are far more original, interesting, well-written books about crime or house-sharing or student-life.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
H.R. McGregor has produced nothing short of a small masterpiece in her first novel. I could not put this book down and read it at one breathless session. She manages to convey the inner struggle in all of us through her two central female characters. If only more writing was as good as this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Mind full of Schrodinger 13 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Schrodingers Cat. Schrodingers Book. Upon entering this book you will either discover a worthy piece of fiction or you will words that are strung together to produce far less. The problem is that even after reading it you still aren't really sure. Something within the story of Kerry intrigues you, but there is that overwhelming sense of feeling cheated. Lies spoken in story are as infuriating as lies in reality. One wonders where the real mystery is in characters' repeated 'acting' until the later scenes where the truth unfolds. At the same time; however, it is the looking into the box of these characters with a feeling of "knowledge" that urges you to continue... Perhaps the single biggest flaw in the story is that the sense of realism is lost in the overanalysis of life and overuse of the Schrodinger allusion. Schrodingers cat is subtle, and had it remained subtle within the book its effect would have been less obvious (I am a physics major so perhaps I am harsh). I would stay in the box, neither recommending or discouraging this book. It is interesting in a pop-culture student way, but disappointing in a stylistic Oscar Wilde kind of way. Depends on your poison.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hey, man, nice shot! 24 Jan. 2000
By S. Schell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For a debut novel, this is a pretty good attempt at writing a story where the characters are so self-involved you feel like you've met them and gossiped behind their backs. The most arrogant character of all, Kerry, was so irritating that I loved it. I like when a writer can arouse that type of reaction in me just by writing about someone. And Kerry doesn't even exist! However, the applied theory of Schrodinger's cat is a poor attempt at being poetic, and poetic McGregor is not. What I do like about her is that her writing is straight-forward and lacks the frilly detail that so many authors think makes a book worthy. I do recommend this one if you're into a slight who-dunnit concept and story-telling that is for the most part to the point.
compelling and arbitrary 2 Jun. 2001
By Christian Nutt - Published on
Format: Hardcover
well, the other reviews have some point to them, except perhaps the first review's (imo) ludicrious assertion that one shouldn't allude to incredibly famous theories if the book isn't about them (and beyond that -- it is, to a degree, so it's a moot argument on that level, anyway) ... at any rate, this is basically a contemporary mystery novel, in a large way. there's definitely the payoff scene, albeit without angela lansbury cornering a defiant heiress. so don't expect a novel that's about grand themes, although its emotional landscape is compelling and realistic.
what makes this book so compelling is the way it captures the arbitrary nature of life. how the strange chances add up to the whole and illustrate the random meaninglessness of every day existance. its characters felt very real to me, the main character's inability to function, obsession, lack of direction -- it all worked, very well. true, too, was kerry, a secondary character important to the plot. the way she acted, without a thought ... with philosophy conveniently applied but no over-arching plan to her life... it struck me as particularly real. i really related, which is something you may not be able to do if you don't have a bunch of strange, intelligent but utterly insane friends to make you believe in these characters like i do. =)
at any rate, i definitely enjoyed it, and would wholeheartedly recommend it as an entertaining (not deeply meaningful, mind you, but extremely well-executed and gripping) read, to any of my friends. check this one out.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Screenplay Masked in a Metaphor 24 Nov. 1999
By "slimchicken" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The central metaphor of this debut novel surrounds the theories of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose name makes up the title. Unfortunately, the metaphor harldy works and serves only as a vain attempt to add meaning to an otherwise mundane, if mildly compelling, mystery that would work better as a screenplay than a piece of literature.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
bizarre 20 Sept. 2000
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If one word could sum the essence of McGregor's novel, it is bizarre. The plot, the characters, all of it.
Kerry, a college aged bisexual woman, finds herself falling in love with her somewhat twisted, beautiful, female roommate. But after finding a dead body in the closet one morning, and its mysterious disappearance, their relationship evolves into something that is difficult for even the characters to understand.
The worst part of this book is that, as a reader, you can see the conclusion of the novel surfacing way, way, way before it does, and you are left to drag through the material until the story catches up to you, instead of the other way around.
It is, however, very interesting, liberal, and new wave. I would suggest it to anyone looking for something different to read.
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