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Posted August 24, 2006
THE FIRST THIRD OF THE BOOK WAS CAPTIVATING. THE NEXT THIRD MADE ME SEARCH HARD FOR THE MEANING. THE LAST THIRD HELD ALL EXPECTATIONS FOR A PROFOUND ENDING THAT WAS NEVER THERE.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2006
Worst book under Lightman's belt
So much promise in my heart that this would amaze me like his two previous fictional novels. I read 'Diagnosis' to the end, and though I love the flashbacks to Socrates, I was immediately depressed when I was back in the world of a man with a self-inflicted illness that was obviously caused by the worn out 'people are not machines' theme. It never made real sense. It was as if Kafka came back from the dead but found himself composing a novel while mentally splintered. I am sure there was some deep connection here, but it missed me. I still can't figure out what Socrates had to do with this whiney business man whose wife is so bored with him she starts a computer affair to have some relief. Terrible in the talent Lightman usually shows. I will read his new novel to give him another chance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.