Strange Attractors: Stories

Strange Attractors: Stories

by Rebecca Goldstein
     
 

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A collection of seven short stories that explore the labyrinths of consciousness, the fragile mysteries of love, and the forces that--like the mathematical notion of "strange attractors"--bring a secret order to the chaotic randomness of life.

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A collection of seven short stories that explore the labyrinths of consciousness, the fragile mysteries of love, and the forces that--like the mathematical notion of "strange attractors"--bring a secret order to the chaotic randomness of life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nine somewhat cumbersome short stories continue the philosophical musings earlier sounded in Goldstein's novels The Dark Sister and The Mind-Body Problem (see Paperback Forecasts this issue). Here, a predominantly intellectual cast explores the relationships between art and experience, intellect and passion, tradition and ambition. Peripheral links among the various entries, meanwhile, reinforce Goldstein's suggestion of discernible patterns within a world of mysteries. Goldstein adopts playful tactics--a hostile academic audience listens as a character from Vanity Fair delivers a paper on fictional realism in ``The Predicate of Existence''; a 19th-century governess fashions her own gothic romance in ``From Dreams of the Dangerous Duke.'' Another favored subject--a younger generation's response to its Jewish heritage--is explored from opposing points of view in ``Mindel Gittel,'' told by a refugee from the Holocaust, and ``Rabbinical Eyes,'' related by a rabbi's daughter. In general, however, Goldstein subordinates plot, pacing and character development to exposition of her themes; although she tries out different narrative voices , she achieves spontaneity rarely. Pleasure, for the reader as well as the protagonists, is chiefly cerebral. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140172461
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,252,773
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.65(d)

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