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Double Blind: A Novel Kindle Edition
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“Double Blind is always interesting because St. Aubyn is exacting. He takes all of this book’s topics seriously; he distills them and gives them all a good shake . . . [Ian McEwan] isn’t the only novelist unafraid of serious thinking about technology and science. A.S. Byatt, Richard Powers, Rivka Galchen, Martin Amis, Barbara Kingsolver and the playwrights Tom Stoppard and Michael Frayn are among the others. With Double Blind, St. Aubyn joins their company.” ―Dwight Garner, The New York Times
"[St. Aubyn] has a way of dealing with heavyweight themes with bantam agility . . . [Double Blind] jabs and dances and dazzles as it manages the neat trick of turning such weighty topics as neuroscience, ecology, psychoanalysis, theology, oncology, and genetics into a sparkling entertainment that challenges as it delights . . . In this devourable novel, St. Aubyn is a wielder of diamond-sharp sentences that cut to the essences of family and love, friendship and rivalry, ambition and mortality.” ―Mark Rozzo, Air Mail
"If, as Henry James said, the first duty of the novelist is to be interesting, he would be happy in St. Aubyn’s company. Double Blind is emotionally cogent and intellectually fascinating. There are reflections and conversations here which adroitly evoke those important intersections where science and our urgent contemporary concerns meet. I was gripped by it." ―Ian McEwan
"A rollicking tale of love and science in a world increasingly hostile toward both . . . Hectic―but very funny." ―Amy Brady, Scientific American
"St. Aubyn expounds on epigenetics, rewilding, art, neuroscience, and philosophy in this sublime character-driven novel. With his usual elegant prose, St. Aubyn follows three friends―Francis, Olivia, and Lucy―through a transformative year . . . St. Aubyn brings off a seemingly effortless and provocative examination of the mind and its refractions. This one’s not to be missed." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[An] elegant, carefully plotted tale . . . More humorous but just as intellectually inclined as Richard Powers . . . St. Aubyn explores human foibles even as he brilliantly takes up headier issues of the human brain in sickness and in health . . . Thought-provoking, [and] smartly told.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Double Blind is a book of big ideas, in which the characters experiment with medicine, psychology, narcotics, religion and meditation to understand themselves and find peace. But as cerebral as the book is, it is also deeply felt, because St Aubyn has been thinking about these issues for decades." ―Hadley Freeman, The Guardian
"This is a novel with heart . . . Double Blind is both clever and compassionate, confirming St Aubyn as among the brightest lights of contemporary British literature." ―Alex Preston, The Spectator
"Shakespearean in scope and tone, moving from the intimate to the universal within paragraphs and providing tragedy, comedy and human frailty . . . A less practised author would run the risk of over-saturating all the disparate strands, but St Aubyn offers comment on the natural world, genetics, family dynamics, philosophy, psychiatry and ecology without forgetting the tapestry-like threads of the story itself-and provides a satisfying resolution to boot . . . Brimful of energy, this novel asks big questions―'How could one ever truly enter into another subjectivity?'―without giving us all the answers." ―Zoe Apostolides, Prospect
"Likeable and rounded characters and a celebration of the best things in life: the wilderness of Knepp and a touching but complex love story . . . St Aubyn's reinvention as a writer is heroic and astonishing. He has emerged from the 'very difficult truth' of this childhood to write brilliantly about that and, now, about a lot more." ―Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
"There is in Double Blind a compassion that St Aubyn has elsewhere tended to either eschew or keep implicit. Despite the novel's acerbic edge, St Aubyn is attentive to his characters' suffering and vulnerability whatever their privileges . . . St Aubyn's prose is as elegant as anybody familiar with his previous work might expect." ―Luke Warde, Irish Independent
"This is the best kind of novel of ideas, as entertaining as it is chewy, not to mention immensely pleasurable on the sentence level." ―Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
"St Aubyn has lost none of his ability to create rounded characters . . . and the witty dialogue is well up to the standard of the Melrose books." ―Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph
About the Author
- ASIN : B08FGTH5T7
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 1, 2021)
- Publication date : June 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1978 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 258 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1787300250
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,794 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have always enjoyed the Patrick Melrose novels. Double Bind is exceptional in it subject matter. Read it!
However, for me, there is a weakness here -- the timing of this engrossing novel's publication cannot be ignored as it seems to be set in an alternative present, one that would exist if there weren't a worldwide lockdown. Since the book is so strong, my mind kept going back to that fact and wondering what St. Aubyn would have written if he had incorporated today's realities in his book.
Top reviews from other countries
I appreciated the science background of the book and enjoyed how the relationships between the main characters developed.
There is too much superfluous and flowery prose. A shame.