The Mind-Body Problem

The Mind-Body Problem

Kobo ebook | April 25, 2014

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Renee's problem, according to her best friend, is that she thinks "the male sexual organ is the brain." Dissatisfied with her marriage to a mathematical genius, Renee Feuer struggles to reconcile her intellectual and physical desires in a startlingly sexy and mordantly funny tale about the life of the mind. 

This first novel by MacArthur "Genius" Fellow Rebecca Goldstein is a wonderful and rare thing—a novel of ideas that also happens to be hilarious, a story of sex and desire where Spinoza, Plato, and Einstein feel as alive on the page as Renee's many lovers. Renee's situation will be familiar to anyone who's grasped at something higher but felt pulled back toward the familiar, but rarely has the dilemma been made so accessible, so frankly funny, or so sexy. 

The book was a sensation when it first appeared, earning a spot on The New York Times bestseller list and a cult following that lasts to this day. And it's easy to see why: it's a pleasure to inhabit Renee's mind while she investigates the world around her. Her psychological acuity, frankness, and erudition are irresistible—from the way she skewers the pettiness of Princeton's academic elite to her account of growing up a repressed intellectual in an Orthodox Jewish community. And her brutally honest examination of women's sexuality and the struggle to matter are as powerful and true today as they were 30 years ago. 

“A terrific novel ... The first 50 pages or so are so clever and funny that I had to put the book down and go to the fridge to cool off.”—New York Times Book Review 

“Goldstein is intelligent and perceptive, bawdy and witty—an articulate writer of great talent. Will keep you turning pages to find out how it all turns out.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review 

“A confectionery of delight, laced with equal parts of wit, humor, and philosophical argument. Goldstein succeeds brilliantly in smuggling into her novel short courses on everything from the history of mathematics to the trouble with Talmudic logic.” —MS. Magazine 

“A considerable performance: witty, compassionate, and full of fascinating divagations.” —The London Observer 

“Goldstein’s ability to translate complex philosophical or mathematical problems to such basics as friendship and sexual desire leaves the reader giddy with inspiration." —Kansas City Star 

"Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is funny. Yes, she is exceedingly smart. Yes, she is inquisitive and daring. Yes, she is well-educated and thoughtful to a degree that few novelists share. . . .There are many reasons that this reprint of The Mind Body Problem is a gift, to be opened with pleasure and gratitude, but of all of them, this is the one that I appreciate most." —Jane Smiley, from the foreword to the digital edition 

Title:The Mind-Body ProblemFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 25, 2014Publisher:RoosterLanguage:English

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