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  • Written by Alan Lightman
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GOOD BENITO

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On Sale: March 23, 2011
Pages: 224 | ISBN: 978-0-307-78863-4
Published by : Pantheon Knopf
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From the author of the best-selling Einstein’s Dreams comes a wonderfully original, deeply moving, and wryly funny novel about the clash between the absolutes of science and the vagaries of human experience.
 
Bennett always knew he would live a life of science. From the homemade rockets and experiments of his childhood to the complex equations he solved as a professor of physics, his vision has transformed the uncertainty and frailty of life into an order and beauty that he inhabits with deep satisfaction. But his vision betrays him, revealing a profound incompleteness, an inadequacy to confront the contradictions his life: the black maid who raises him and loves him but cannot welcome him into her own house, the mentally absent father who wishes he’d died a hero in World War II, the self-destructive wife who invites Bennett’s cruelty. As Bennett struggles between reason and intuition, he slowly learns to allow the imperfections of daily life—the chaos he has worked so hard to control—to broaden his understanding of the world and his place in it.
 
Written with lyrical sparseness, hilarity mixed with sadness, the story of Bennett’s struggle becomes both a beautifully rendered portrait of the emotional life of a scientist and a resonant tale of the disillusionment that haunts us all.


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Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including the international best seller Einstein’s Dreams and The Diagnosis, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of two collections of essays and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities. He lives in the Boston area.

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“Whimsical and meditative, playful and provocative . . . pulls the reader into a dream world like a powerful magnet. As in Calvino’s work, fantastical elements are grounded in precise, crystalline prose.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“A dazzling first novel . . . taking us further than we are used to being taken . . . entirely original, cool, languid, intelligent.”
—John Melmoth, Sunday Times (London)
 
“A brilliant novel of time in its in marvelous flight . . . gorgeous in its writing, spellbinding and profound in its effects.”
—Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Chicago Sunday Times
 
“Delightful . . . [Lightman] is an artist who paints with the notion of time . . . a provocative exploration of time’s illusive nature.”
—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times


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