Mr g: A Novel About the Creation by Alan Lightman

Mr g: A Novel About the Creation

byAlan Lightman

Kobo ebook | January 24, 2012

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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.

Title:Mr g: A Novel About the CreationFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 24, 2012Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030790704X

ISBN - 13:9780307907042

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from A big bang of nothing I’m finally working through the books I’ve read but neglected to review, and this one comes in 9 months after. Alan Lightman has interesting ideas, as seen in his short story collection, “Einstein’s Dreams,” that I read a couple of years ago. “Mr g” similarly shows his creativity, but at the same time, he drones on on some of the more technical aspects involved in creating the universe. I’m more of a Biology person, so the sciences of Chemistry and Physics bore me tremendously, and these play a huge part in how molecules are formed and how the stars are borne and therefore are prominently written about by Lightman. The nice moments of this novel are when Mr g’s relationship with the few characters in a place before life, his uncle and aunt, and a shady character by the name of Belhor, are in the forefront. “Mr g” is a short read but it felt like a hefty, lengthy one. I’m sure it has an audience, as it found one in me when I got an advanced reader’s copy from its publisher, but a fan has it not turned me into.
Date published: 2012-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mr. g A very interesting book! It is all about how universes can come to be and on one in particular. With only three rules governing a universe we get to see it from beginning to end. I'm not a religious type but I did still find this book very interesting!
Date published: 2012-01-28