The Tenth Muse: A Novel (English Edition) Kindle电子书
A RECOMMENDED BOOK FROM:
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The cliché that boys are better at math collapses before the diamond-hard mind of a grad student whose relentless attempt to prove a legendary hypothesis exposes a deeper algorithm about herself....Chung spins her captivating novel from stories of actual women who, in her words, "posed as schoolboys, married tutors, and moved across continents, all to study and excel at mathematics (O, the Oprah Magazine)
A page-turning intellectual thriller, a family romance, an alternative history of twentieth-century math - I couldn't put it down (Elif Batuman)
The Tenth Muse is as ambitious and intriguing as the complex math problems Katherine, the protagonist of this remarkable novel, aims to solve. In this novel -the scope of which is staggering - Chung has crafted a story that is moving, elegant and richly written. Her prose, as it unfolds, becomes an elusive equation readers will yearn to solve (Roxane Gay)
Ambitious, mesmerizing, and immersive, The Tenth Muse gives us a character we'd follow anywhere, and journeys well worth following her on. This novel dazzles (Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers)
Catherine Chung has written a deft, spellbinding emotional puzzle-box of a book, rich and intricately layered. The Tenth Muse slowly, carefully builds to turn your every expectation on its head, and reading it feels like a glimpse of what mathematics might be in the eyes of its ablest practitioners--both secret and sublime (Téa Obreht)
The Tenth Muse is a must-read. This beautiful, captivating novel has it all: A riveting family secret; a heroine ahead of her time; and a brilliant historical narrative that sheds light on the way we live now (J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Saints for All Occasions)
A sweeping tale of betrayal, legacy, brilliant women and WWII (USA Today)
Two great enigmas form the center of this elegant novel, in which a brilliant mathematician attempts to solve the impenetrable Riemann hypothesis and learn the truth of her family history. Katherine is the daughter of an American G.I. and a Chinese immigrant who disappears when Katherine is a girl. During her childhood, in the nineteen-fifties, in Michigan, her intelligence and mixed heritage alienate many people, and lead her to wonder 'in each situation whether this time it was my femaleness or my Asianness or the combination of both that branded me different'...In the novel's portrait of her perseverance, it pays moving homage to all the 'unhailed, unnamed' women in history whose talents were dismissed (New Yorker)
The Tenth Muse centers on Katherine, an aspiring mathematician whose studies take her deep into her family history, and a legacy of genius and empowerment which probes compelling questions about her identity (Entertainment Weekly) --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
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Just an aside … as a woman I’ve never “felt” victimized nor have I let myself feel prejudiced against. When I was in an MBA program (in 1964) which had internships in NYC with the Big 8 accounting firms, a representative from each came to the school to make a presentation to our class and to interview students. I was one of two women students in the class. One interviewer clearly stated, “We don’t hire girls.”
I neither felt victimized nor prejudiced against. I simply knew that was somewhere I didn’t want to work! And I moved on.
Chung couldn’t seem to let her protagonist move on.
It was a beautifully written book and was very interesting, but I had a hard time reconciling her worth with the problems Katherine forced on herself because of her feelings of being victimized. This certainly echoes what one hears from modern malcontents. So maybe Chung was writing for them.
The family saga was quite convoluted – unnecessarily so, in my opinion. Lies and secrets were rife in this area of the book.
This was a very complex book and I found it difficult to review. However, I enjoyed it and I will try another by Ms. Chung.
I received an ARC of this from NetGalley and the publisher, HarperCollins, in exchange for an honest review.