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James Morrow: The Philosopher's Apprentice


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March 11, 2008

A brilliant philosopher with a talent for self-destruction, Mason Ambrose gratefully accepts an offer no starving ethicist could refuse. He must travel to a private tropical island and tutor Londa Sabacthani, a beautiful, brilliant adolescent who has lost both her memory and her moral sense in a freak accident. Londa's soul is an empty vessel—and Mason's job will be to fill it.

But all is not as it seems on Isla de Sangre. Londa's reclusive mother is secretly sheltering a second child whose conscience is a blank slate. Even as the mystery deepens, Mason confronts a frightening question: What will happen when Londa, her head crammed with lofty ideals and her bank account filled to bursting, ventures out to remake our fallen world in her own image?


I was impressed and absorbed with the fantastic story yet I expected more in-depth philosophical treatments. Mostly, ideas and schools are just touched and no explicit details about their basics and implications are conveyed. This is a bit disappointing and sorts the book into the level of an intelligent and creative novel. Anyway, it's worth reading it and maybe one feels like reading more about certain philosophical topics afterwards. One point is definitely captivating: It's the relentless revelation of cynism and inconsistency amongst post-rational Christian fundamentalists betraying not only their claimed values but also crushing against the facts and findings of modern science and ethics. Intriguing the story about the "artificially" built ethics of the heroine, breaking apart in the third part with wild efforts to "re-educate" the fundamentalist conservatives.



21.8.11 11:57


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