Mr G

Mr G

A Novel About the Creation

Book - 2011
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"As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe."
 
So begins Alan Lightman's playful and profound new novel, Mr g, the story of Creation as told by God. Barraged by the constant advisements and bickerings of Aunt Penelope and Uncle Deva, who live with their nephew in the shimmering Void, Mr g proceeds to create time, space, and matter. Then come stars, planets, animate matter, consciousness, and, finally, intelligent beings with moral dilemmas. Mr g is all powerful but not all knowing and does much of his invention by trial and error.

Even the best-laid plans can go awry, and Mr g discovers that with his creation of space and time come some unforeseen consequences--especially in the form of the mysterious Belhor, a clever and devious rival. An intellectual equal to Mr g, Belhor delights in provoking him: Belhor demands an explanation for the inexplicable, requests that the newly created intelligent creatures not be subject to rational laws, and maintains the necessity of evil. As Mr g watches his favorite universe grow into maturity, he begins to understand how the act of creation can change himself, the Creator.

With echoes of Calvino, Rushdie, and Saramago, combining science, theology, and moral philosophy, Mr g is a stunningly imaginative work that celebrates the tragic and joyous nature of existence on the grandest possible scale.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780307379993
030737999X
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 20 cm

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AndrewNKawam
Jun 27, 2016

The premise of this little novel may sound bloated and religious, but in reality it is beautifully scientific. It supports evolution without supernatural intervention and delves deep poetically into the fields of chemistry and physics.The descriptions of the basic processes that determine the nature of existence are thought-provoking and awe-inspiring. Every sentence transports you across space and time and into brand new realms of the imagination. I highly recommend it.

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damation
Apr 11, 2013

God his aunt and uncle live inthe void and decide to shake things up by developing matter, time and seeing what happens.
Interesting way to understand the the universe but fell a little flat.

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