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Ghost: A Novel by Alan Lightman 0375421696 9780375421693
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Alan Lightmans first novel, Einsteins Dreams, became an international best seller and was hailed by Salman Rushdie as at once intellectually provocative and touching and comic and so very beautifully written. His novel The Diagnosis, called highly original and imaginative by the New York Times, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Now comes a stunning and disturbing new novel about a mans encounter with the unfathomable. David is a person of modest ambitions who works in a bank, lives in a rooming house, enjoys books and quiet walks by the lake. Three months after unexpectedly being fired from his job, he takes a temporary position at a mortuary. And there, sitting alone in the slumber room one afternoon at dusk, he sees something that he cannot comprehend, something that no science can explain, something that will force him to question everything he believes in, including himself. After his metaphysical experience, all his relationships change---with his estranged wife, his girlfriend, his mother--and he grudgingly finds himself at the center of a bitter public controversy over the existence of the supernatural. As David struggles to understand what has happened to him, we embark on a provocative exploration of the delicate divide between the physical world and the spiritual world, between skepticism and faith, between the natural and the supernatural, and between science and religion. Combining a dramatic story with compelling characters and provocative ideas, Ghost investigates timeless questions that continue to challenge contemporary society.

Author: Alan Lightman

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 244

Publisher: Pantheon

Publication Date: 2007-10-23

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