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This review is from: A Scientific Romance (Paperback)
This novel's attraction is summarised by its title: the notion of a 'scientific romance' is superficially perhaps oxymoronic, but invites exploration of the multiple meanings of both these words. Wright is hardly writing 'science fiction' as such; rather, the strange future landscape he creates serves as an arena in which David Lambert is forced to confront the role in his life of both 'scientia' and 'romance' - acquired knowledge, and the narratives of emotion. David's oddysey is moving, thought-provoking and often comic (such as in the incongruous notion that Scotland lives on only in Gaelic-speaking Episcopalians!). His journey of learning and reflection, however, is probably closer to Dante's than Odysseus's - albeit a mournful, aimless, secular Dante, if such a thing can be imagined. No ascent from an earthly to a true paradise here.
It is perhaps unfortunate that readers of SF may well be disappointed, while readers who think they dislike SF may well not bother picking it up. This book deserves a broad readership!