The Mathematics of Love: A Novel

The Mathematics of Love: A Novel

by Emma Darwin
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The Mathematics of Love: A Novel by Emma Darwin

The Mathematics of Love is a poignant chronicle of two people, separated by centuries, whose lives—amazingly, impossibly—become interwoven in a brilliant tapestry of tragedy, memory, and time. Following alternate but intimately connected stories—of a curious, promiscuous teenager in her season of exile and awakening in the English countryside in 1976, and a nineteenth-century soldier damaged on the fields of Waterloo, struggling to find his way back to life with the help of a compassionate, extraordinary woman—Emma Darwin's breathtaking narrative brilliantly evokes the horrors of war, the pain of loss, the heat of passion, and the enduring power of love.

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ISBN-13: 9780061847424
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,196,221
File size: 658 KB

About the Author

Emma Darwin studied drama and theatre arts at Birmingham University and then worked in academic publishing before turning to photography and writing. A great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma Wedgwood, Emma now lives in London with her two children. The author of The Mathematics of Love, she is finishing a Ph.D. in creative writing at Goldsmiths College.

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Mathematics of Love 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reads as if it was written by a scientist, neutrally studying her specimens, the characters. Everything they say or do is recorded for possible future interest. After a while, you realise that much of what they say or do in this book has no point other than to pile on the detail. This wouldn't be so bad if the style had any kind of creativity to it, but it's interminably flat. It also doesn't help that the writing is uneven and full of errors: unintentional tense changes, unimaginative word choices (e.g. 'same' three times in one sentence), and sentences that are difficult to unpick. For instance:- 'I don't need it in front of me to believe what happened ¿ that I was there ¿ any more than I need my photographs, convincingly young and clumsy though they are.' I've not heard of photographs referred to as 'young' or 'clumsy' before, and it took me a while to work out that she means it's the people shown in the photographs that are young. At least, that's what I think she means. And, on the next page:- 'At first the road through London was the same as the one all the times we went to Southend for our holiday'. I had to read this several times, and I'm still not sure what she means. Does she mean it started as the same road, then changed into a different road? Or that at first they followed the road they would have followed if going to Southend, but then took a different one? But this implies she didn't know where she was being taken to. Indeed, she goes on to say she's 'quite lost', after the coach she's in leaves London. But this is completely irrelevant since she knows where the coach is going anyway. There are too many of these confusing or irrelevant statements. Here's another one, in the same section:- 'I sat down and took a bite of my sandwich. 'So, you've left school?' Belle said. My mouthful was difficult to get rid of. At last I said, 'Yeah.'' Why not just say, 'I nodded'? There is no point in her having a mouthful of sandwich that she can't get rid of. Also, it builds our anticipation about what she will finally say. Which is, 'Yeah'. If you like unengaging characters drifting through endless, irrelevant, details who we're not only told, for example, 'babble' but then are given hefty slabs of actual babble-speech, just to make sure we've got the point, even though there isn't one, you'll enjoy this book.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book and was very disappointed in it. The two story lines one in the present and one in the past never really meet. It was like reading two short stories at the same time. At the end when the author does try to tie them together it makes no sense. The author would have been better off focusing on either the current day or past story. Maybe the characters and the plot would have been better developed. The premise of the story was good, the author just doesn't pull it off. If you want to read a really great book where the author weaves the current day story with the past, read Judith Lennox' "Some Old Lover's Ghost".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend and I like to read the same books together. And with that we both agree on how pointless this book was. We agree with the previous review. There was way too many sentences left unfinished to be able to understand what happened at the end. For example on page 404, "And Idoia's in Stephen's letter.She must be my...I've never been bothered about relations and thimgs. But Theo must have--" So, how the heck is Idoia related? That's what we really want to know! Also Theo must of what? Been her grandfather? I mean how on earth are we suppose to figure that out? If anyone out there has read this book (unforunately for them too) and understands what we're suppose to get, please let us know. Because at this point, we both feel as if we have taken precious days away from our life that we can never get back! And to those who are considering buying this book, put the book down and never look back!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Having lost his leg during the Napoleonic War, British military officer Stephen Fairhurst also learns several years later the other cost as the widow he is to marry Hetty Greenshaw faints at the sight or lack of his leg. She begs off their engagement. However her unmarried sister photographer enthusiast Lucy Durward begins a correspondence with Stephen after he returned to his home Kersey Hall. He writes her informing her that he found a 'perfect' love on the Peninsular, but his Catalina was sent to an orphanage by her parents to become a nun. In 1976 with her mother running off to Spain with her lover, sixteen years old Anna Ware arrives at Kersey Hall to stay with her uncle, who for the most part neglects her. His neighbors, photographers Eva and Theo, are kind to the despondent teen, but Anna remains unhappy. She begins to slowly climb out of her depression when she receives and reads the letters between Stephen and Lucy. --- Though too many players get stage time, this is a fascinating character study especially when the story line focuses on the respective angst of Stephen, Lucy, and Anna. The links between 1819 and 1976 are cleverly designed so that Anna finds solace with photography and the letters, and learns what it truly means to be loved. Though the secondary cast makes too many appearances that intrude, fans will enjoy going back and forth (and occasionally into 2006) as Emma Darwin provides a warm drama that equates love in two generations as being the same mathematical formula. --- Harriet Klausner