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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349000050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349000053
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Benedict Lambert, the hero of Mendel's Dwarf, is very much a leg man when it comes to the ladies. Not that he has much choice in the matter, for the celebrated geneticist is a dwarf, a man resigned to being stared at for a little too long from some way up, and inured to bromides about inner beauty and outward bravery. As far as he's concerned, bravery requires choice--something he never had, since his father's sperm lacked "the command for height, for normality, for happiness and contentment". The beautiful swimmer did, however, pass on the genes for irony, sharp observation and love, all of which Ben has in abundance in Simon Mawer's superb novel of academic twists and emotional turns.

A distant relative of the first geneticist, pea-pollinating Gregor Mendel, Ben has long used libraries as a refuge and education as a way out (if not up). Still in his 20s, he's determined to identify the gene that made him "one of nature's practical jokes". Offered a post at the Royal Institute for Genetics, he immediately puts achondroplasia on the agenda. The director may well consider research into dwarfdom commercially unviable, but Ben knows better. His height will finally be of help: "There are lots of organizations interested," he insists. "The Little People of America, groups like that. When they see me coming they reach for their covenant forms."

Mawer intersperses Ben's research with the story of his affair (a "menage à une et demi") with the Institute's ill-fated assistant librarian, Jeane Piercey: "Mousy, of course. I feel that all librarians ought to be mousy. It should be a necessary (but not sufficient) qualification for the job. Mousy? Agouti? What, I wonder, is its genetic control? Perhaps it is tightly linked to the gene for tidiness." Mawer also juxtaposes Ben's passion with that of his legume-obsessed ancestor. Mendel, it turns out, pined for Frau Rotway, a married woman in the inevitable company of her own achondroplastic, a dachshund.

Mendel's Dwarf wears its considerable learning lightly (the author is a biologist) and readers will be alternately moved, charmed and shocked by Ben's "astringent kiss of irony". Because the hero makes several difficult choices in the course of this fine novel, we admire his bravery, along with his resilience, at every turn. For Ben, the smallest gesture can become the largest: for him, nods become "big absurd things, my head being about the same size as my body. You can't miss them. They are the gestural equivalent of screaming." And alas, such acts are often poignantly beyond Ben's grasp: "I wanted to put my arm around her, of course, to bring her that fragile thing that we call comfort. But of course I couldn't reach." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a rare read: a scientifically informed, passionately intelligent novel which is also deeply moving (Telegraph)

A serious novel shot through with laugher, it is also a love story . . . Impressive (The Times)

Dark, funny and bitter . . . the ethical dilemmas of modern genetic research in a love story that lurches from sharp humour to jaw-dropping sadness . . . Marvellous (Independent)

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