An epic adventure, entwining twentieth-century science and technology into the bizarrely linked stories of three characters and a space dog. Funny, complex, readable, moving -- Habitus is a first novel of extraordinary scope and achievement. With lightly worn erudtion and a natural gift for storytelling, James Flint entwines the troubled lives of Joel, Hasidic Jew and mathematical genius; Judd, misfit Hollywood gambler and victim of psychoanalysis; and Jennifer, precocious schoolgirl. Through their bizarrely linked searches for meaning in a cacophonous late twentieth-century universe, Flint shows the development of the 'digital revolution' over the past 50 years and its effect on humanity. Ultimately, Habitus offers a philosophical vision of our relationship with the machines we create as well as with the history which created us. 'Alongside perhaps only Richard Powers, Flint has managed to find an enthralling fictional world in the contemporary technological maze.' Time Out
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In 1973, affection-starved Jennifer Several takes two lovers: Judd Axelrod, shy prepubescent son of a Hollywood starlet, and Joel Kluge, an ex-Hasidic math genius. As Judd becomes a supernaturally gifted gambler, escaping the bungling of his psychoanalyst, Joel's search for meaning leads him to create a computerized golem, to repair the world of evil. Meanwhile, in Jennifer's womb a genetic anomaly takes root--a child bearing the DNA of its two fathers. Above them all circles the serenely conscious figure of Laika, first dog in space, feeding on the outpourings of the digital age.
Habitus teems with ideas. As if in mimicry of the global village, we spark from one location to another, as the author boldly captures their essence: L.A., Cambridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, even Dachau and Sobibor. The prose leads stimulating forays into a wealth of disparate subjects, deftly illuminating their connections. There's a smattering of kabbalah, some advanced mathematics, even a tract on gambling. Unfortunately, this often occurs at the expense of story. Complex scientific segues frequently force us to disengage and switch drives from "audience" to "student," just as we begin to care about Flint's characters. A book with humor and heart, certainly, but one slightly too concerned about proving its cleverness. --Matthew Baylis, Amazon.co.ukFrom the Publisher:
This astonishingly inventive first novel is in part a satire on the digital age, in part a surreal comedy iwth a fantastical cast of absurd characters and some brilliant writing." The Observer (London)
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Buchbeschreibung Fourth Estate, 1999. Paperback. Buchzustand: Near Fine. | B Format (Approx. 5¼" x 7¾"). | First in this edition. For more photos or information, use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I'll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the rustic nirvana of Peasedown St. John, near Bath, England from a long-established bookseller - guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! BUYING THIS BOOK means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition :: Artikel-Nr. 155832
Buchbeschreibung Fourth Estate Ltd, 03.06.1999., 1999. Buchzustand: Gut. Auflage: New edition. 560 Seiten in gutem Zustand B4528 ISBN 9781857028324 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 450 19,1 x 13,0 x 3,3 cm, Taschenbuch. Artikel-Nr. 2171981