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A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I bought this one because I had read "The Semantics of Murder" by Aifric Campbell and was interested in reading other novels about the Vienna Circle. Brilliant and eccentric scientists are perfect hunting ground for novelists but the difference is that Levin is a professor of physics and this is her first novel. The book has some serious structural flaws - the first person narrator who intrudes upon the story is completely superfluous to requirements. But as character study of genius and obsession the portraits of Kurt Godel and Alan Turing are compelling and lovingly done. There are wonderful vignettes - Wittgenstein for example - and pre-war Vienna is powerfully re-created.
Trauma by Patrick McGrath
Trauma by Patrick McGrath
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trauma, 14 Aug 2008
TRAUMA by Partrick McGrath (2 STARS)

A damaged psychiatrist, sibling rivalry and a mother who fails to love her son: these are the powerful themes of two new novels - the much-hyped "Trauma" by Patrick McGrath and "The Semantics of Murder" a debut by Aifric Campbell. "Trauma" gets off to a promising start. Charlie - the New York shrink - has an alcoholic mother, an absent father, a brother who he despises and wife who divorced him after he failed to save her Vietnam vet brother from suicide. The problem is that Charlie ultimately fails to convince as a psychiatrist. His obsessive watchfulness rarely leads to insights that are illuminating about the people in his life. His hatred… Read more
Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Set in a large American advertising company just after the Tech Stock crash this book draws a fantastic picture of office life. There are few things in life better than a book that makes you laugh out loud, and this one lives up to the hype. At 384 pages its a bit too long, this might be because Ferris spent 7 years writng it, but that is easy to forgive for the poignant wit. Unusually for a first novel the book gets better as it goes along. The second half contains some of the best writing you will find in contemporary American fiction. In places it is almost as good as A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. If you havent read that classic yet you must buy it now!