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MR G: A Novel about the Creation
     

MR G: A Novel about the Creation

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by Alan P. Lightman
 

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With echoes of Calvino, Rushdie, and Saramago, this is a stunningly imaginative work that celebrates the tragic and joyous nature of existence on the grandest possible scale.

"As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe." So begins Alan Lightman's playful and profound new novel, Mr g, the story of Creation as

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With echoes of Calvino, Rushdie, and Saramago, this is a stunningly imaginative work that celebrates the tragic and joyous nature of existence on the grandest possible scale.

"As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe." So begins Alan Lightman's playful and profound new novel, Mr g, the story of Creation as narrated by God. Bored with living in the shimmering Void with his bickering Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope, Mr g creates time, space, and matter—then moves on to stars, planets, consciousness, and finally intelligent beings with moral dilemmas.

But even the best-laid plans can go awry, and Mr g discovers that with his creation of space and time come unforeseen consequences—especially in the form of the mysterious Belhor, a clever and devious rival. An intellectual equal to Mr g, Belhor delights in provocation: he demands an explanation for the inexplicable, requests that intelligent creatures not be subject to rational laws, and maintains the necessity of evil. As Mr g watches his favorite universe grow into maturity, he begins to understand how the act of creation can change the Creator himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780333786
Publisher:
Corsair
Publication date:
05/28/2012

Meet the Author

ALAN LIGHTMAN is the author of five previous novels, two collections of essays, and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. A theoretical physicist as well as a novelist, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, and was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment at MIT in science and the humanities.

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Mr G 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Suvorov More than 1 year ago
This book is the story of creation as told by The Maker and the unintended consequences of His creation and choices. There is a lot of science at the beginning as well as philosophical conversations. The beginning may be slow for some readers, but as the book progresses, the philosophical conversations become more frequent and the read picks up a bit. Lightman includes a little about other possible species and worlds which I found to be interesting. And I love the philosophical debates between The Maker and his adversary, Belhor, as well as some of the discussion He has with Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope. They discuss topics such as the meaning of life, the existence of absolutes (whether good can exist in the absence of evil), whether The Maker should give proof of his existence, and more. Alan Lightman is an atheist, although after reading an article he wrote, he is unlike any other atheist I have spoken with or read about. I am not an atheist and the fact that Lightman is, did not sway me from picking up this book or enjoying it. It is only 212 pages and in my opinion, well worth your time. At the very least, it will make you think and would give any book club or discussion group a plethora of discussion topics from which to choose.
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To begin "Mr. g"'s premise without the concept of time and yet introduce the protagonist's aunt and uncle within the same introduction led me to think the logic would be random, capricious and not very thoughtful. I very much enjoyed Einstein's Dreams and found this to be a great disappointment had trouble finishing it.
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