The Infinities

The Infinities

Book - 2009
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On a languid midsummer's day, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their stepmother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; Petra's "young man"--perhaps more interested in the father than the daughter--who has arrived for an untimely visit. But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortals--among them, Zues, who has his eye on young Adam's wife; Pan, who has taken the doughy, perspiring form of an unwelcome acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2009
ISBN: 9780307272799
Branch Call Number: BANVILL
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm

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shapjul
Sep 11, 2010

I enjoyed this book, which is much more about character and writing than it is about action. There were touches that bothered me (why does this need to be in an age where there is cold fusion?) but for the most part, I read it eagerly, if at a leisurely pace. I wouldn't say it would be a good travel book--it's not engrossing that way. But for a few pages before bed, unlikely to keep you awake, I'd recommend it.

A truly trivial point: Both library journal and the book jacket have it wrong, I think. Ursula is not a step-mother. Someone here (it could be me?) didn't read carefully enough.

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