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Ron CharlesWhat elevates the novel beyond [the] lovely descriptions of how matter evolved…is the entrance of a mesmerizing stranger named Belhor…a philosophical sparring partner—something like Satan in the Book of Job. Going to and fro, he engages God in a series of unnerving debates about the purpose of creation, His responsibility for evil, and the limits of omniscience…If he's dogmatic about the nature of the physical universe, [Lightman is] evocative and playful about these philosophical questions, moving freely from Miltonic seriousness to harlequin absurdity. An atmosphere of melancholy eventually settles over this strange novel, as it must, I suppose, when God learns about sadness from his creation. But it remains aglow with wonder.
—The Washington Post