Saving St. Germ Hardcover – 25 Feb 1993
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Lyrical and heartbreaking
5 October 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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Carol Muske-Dukes writes clearly and poetically about the challenges of being extremely different, of deviating far from societal norms. She writes truth about the problems women in science face, and even more particularly, the problems of a genius with a potentially genius young child. When the three circumstances of female, genius and mother come together, it promises nothing but tragedy. All scientists struggle with the balance between personal and professional lives, yet it is far more acceptable, even expected, for men to favor their work over family. Men who are not scientists often have trouble understanding how driven scientists are, especially if that scientist is wife and mother of their children. The novel is beautifully written, even the "lectures" and "letters" chapters in long spans of italics seem part and parcel of the protagonist's agonizing inner life. The description of Michael Faraday is gorgeous and highly relevant. There are minor errors of science, more often just an off-key expression of scientific concepts, but much of the science is right on target. These slight errors are easy to forgive because of the gift of her prose. I would rather have a poet than a scientist write about the life of a scientist. Carol Muske-Dukes does so in a style both lyrical and heartbreaking, yet hopeful.
29 January 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
The main character did not interest me at all. The "dream sequences" are frustrating.