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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind and body, 21 Mar. 2007
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The Quick has the feel and pace of a thriller, but is in fact a book of ideas. The plot centres on two women, Sarah, a neurobiologist whose life is almost entirely cerebral and Diane, a beautiful amateur artist who has been in a persistent vegetative state for a decade. As the woman who is all mind becomes obsessed with the other who is apparently little more than a body, their fates become intertwined. During her increasingly desperate efforts to coax a sign of consciousness from her patient, you begin to see Sarah herself as a disembodied mind trapped inside the outdated carcass of the old hospital in which she works. As the story unfolds she is forced to confront the circumstances that have shaped her. Meanwhile, Diane remains inert almost to the end - a window in which other characters see reflections of themselves - until finally and dramatically she makes herself known, giving a life-affirming vision of the powers of imagination.

Elegantly written and with remarkable insight into the intriguing world of neuroscience, The Quick is an unusual and fascinating piece of fiction.
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