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Hating Perfection (Revised Edition): A Subtle Search for the Best Possible World Paperback – May 14, 2013
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
"Astonishing!...Lively, highly original, tightly argued, and a joy to read....An electrifying achievement." -- Hubert Dreyfus, professor of philosophy, University of California, Berkeley
"Illustrates Leonardo's idea that details make perfection, but perfection is not a detail."
-- Dagfinn Føllesdal, Stanford University
"Original, fascinating, highly ingenious, ... and inspiring." -- Gualtiero Piccinini, University of Missouri, St. Louis
"You have added an argument to those used by Leibniz for the claim that this is the best of all possible worlds and one that is more persuasive than his." -- Nelson Pole, Cleveland State University
About the Author
John F. Williams, now retired, is a successful, independent venture capitalist. He has traveled widely and lived for ten years in the Far East.
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Top customer reviews
I must say, it goes from oddity to oddity. the back cover lists "Twelve Great Reasons to Read This Book"--contains such helpful phrases as "If you're trying to lead a life, you need to read this book." Well then.
Or how about this: "New, accurate mathematical ideas about physical law....Wonderful and highly original." This about a book which contains NO mathematical formulae at all (unless they were included in code, or perhaps inscribed into the two color illustrations of sexy vampires in some hidden way).
The book is "Astonishing" as the blurb on the front cover suggests. I am myself thoroughly astonished that someone published this. This is the work of someone highly confused at the very least. Banality has a new champion.
I love his feel for the zany and unexpected in life, because life really is like that so much of the time. I feel the skeleton of this book is the deep pain embedded in this book about being adopted, his siblings, and the wounds of the couples infertility. I think the stories should have touched so much more on this. I wonder where he gets his money from, but hippies without kids can live on very little. Why I give this a 3 and not a 1 though is because the guy is as hopeful as anyone can be without religion, without the knowledge of an after-life, with this sort of "whatever works for you " Californian rag-bag philosophy. He closes the book by saying life is short and he is 61. I would say, find your genre and keep on writing.