Enjoyably readable, simple and unpretentious storytelling. A thoughtful, well-written, good-humoured and emotional tale that never dips into sentimentality. I did wonder how he was going to resolve or put a big twist in this tale, but, without spoilers, ultimately, it's about love and redemption. I ended my reading happy.
Bit of a predictable start but soon had me gripped. Touches on some of the worse traits of mankind but also opens the door and gives us an insight of what is and isn't important or too often missing in our day to day lives. Bit of a roller coaster ride that had me totally absorbed. Hope is not lost
This isn’t a science fiction book. It is a book about being human. The main character is an alien (a Vonnagon) who takes the body of brilliant mathematician Andrew Martin who has solved the puzzle of prime numbers (the Reimann Hypothesis). This solution according to the Vonnagons will have disastrous consequences upon the Cosmos in general. Martin’s breakthrough must remain out of harm’s way.
This is an odd and sensitively written book that takes a distant standpoint of what it really means to be human. The alien who takes the human form is from an advanced race, yet his thoughts are crippled by logic, his narrative a little stilted, almost like that of an adolescent boy. I first thought him as like Data from Star Trek pushed into a human body slowly learning about what being human feels like. Of course, it is overwhelming and not always pleasant. Logic takes second place when subjected to hormones, food cravings, hangovers and facing mortality. Poetry and love would seem to be the only way of bringing everything together.
There are some funny moments like Andrew’s first experience of earth walking down a road naked, when he is spat at for this offence. Andrew not understanding thinks that spitting is an earth greeting and so he spits at other people. He also struggles with the concept of infidelity and teenage suicide, both which he gets disastrously wrong, yet also right in a naive way. The chapter ‘Advice for a Human’, would seem obvious, only it isn’t when being human every day.
A read that poses questions about what being human means, it made me think for days afterwards.