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Title: The Professor of Light (Signed First Edition...
Publication Date: 1999
Book Condition: New
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Edition: 1st Edition....
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"As my father told it, Heraclitus believed that the world was always in flux. Everything I knew--the grass and trees, the sky arching overhead, even my own mother and father--was always changing. This was the principle of things that stayed put and things that moved, the stone and the river, home and travel. And out of the strife of opposites, like fire and water, would come a perfect, eternal harmony."
In one paragraph, Marina Budhos sets out the central themes of her novel: flux, change, strife, and eventual transformation. The narrator of The Professor of Light is young Meggie Singh, the daughter of a Guyanese-born physicist and his Jewish American wife. Each summer the Singhs travel to England to stay with Singh's sister, Inez, and her British husband, Tom. Within the context of this veritable united nations of a family, Budhas finds wide scope for her "scientific romance." Professor Warren Singh is obsessed with the nature of light, both particle and wave, and his single-minded devotion to the topic is wreaking gradual havoc on his marriage and his sanity--a fact that Meggie doesn't immediately realize. For she is seduced by the Caribbean myths and folktales her father tells her in between work on the book in which he attempts to explain the paradox of light. But what are simply delightful stories to Meggie carry frightening significance for her father. A little science, a lot of myth, and a stiff dose of dysfunctional-family drama make The Professor of Light ideal for philosophical readers. --Margaret Prior
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