By Ethan Canin
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this spell binding novel, Ethan Canin, the author of America America and The Palace Thief, explores the character of genius, competition, ambition, and love between a number of generations of a talented family.
Milo Andret is born with an strange brain. A lonely baby starting to be up within the woods of northern Michigan within the Nineteen Fifties, he offers little proposal to his personal expertise. yet together with his popularity at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the level, and the dangers, of his singular presents. California within the seventies is a seduction, commencing Milo’s eyes to the attract of either ambition and indulgence. The learn he starts there'll make him a legend; the girl he meets there—and the rival he meets along her—will hang-out him for the remainder of his existence. For Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dismal want that quickly grows to threaten his paintings, his kinfolk, even his existence.
Spanning seven a long time because it strikes from California to Princeton to the Midwest to manhattan, A Doubter’s Almanac tells the tale of a kin because it explores the way in which ambition lives along destructiveness, obsession along torment, love along grief. it's a tale of ways the flame of genius either lighting and scorches each iteration it touches. Graced by means of beautiful prose and fantastic storytelling, A Doubter’s Almanac is a shocking, suspenseful, and deeply relocating novel, an immense paintings through a author who has been hailed as “the so much mature and comprehensive novelist of his generation.”
Praise for A Doubter’s Almanac
“[Canin] is on the best of his shape, fluent, immersive, convinced. it's possible you'll now not recognize the place he’s taking you, however the characters are so vibrant, Hans’s voice rendered so accurately, that it’s most unlikely to not belief within the tale. . . . the fragile networks of emotion and connection that make up a kin are illuminated, as though by means of magic, through his prose.”—Slate
“Alternately explosive and deeply interior.”—New York (“Eight Books you must Read”)
“A blazingly clever novel.”—Los Angeles Times
“Math made attractive . . . Canin writes with such luxuriant good looks and smooth sympathy that even sufferers of Algebra II will stick to his calculations of the center with rapt comprehension.”—The Washington Post
“A masterful author at his transcendent best.”—BBC
“Elegant and devastating . . . A Doubter’s Almanac is exquisitely crafted. Canin takes us readers deep into the unusual international of his afflicted characters with out ever making us conscious of the hassle concerned. . . . a wierd and entirely attractive novel.”—NPR’s Fresh Air
“There is a shimmering loveliness to Canin’s glimpses of upper arithmetic. . . . A Doubter’s Almanac is a unique whose success is totally equivalent to the . . . tragedy it portrays. Ethan Canin knows either the attract of significant highbrow accomplishment and the associated fee it exacts from those that pursue it. not like his protagonist, his personal prodigious attempt has produced a piece of beautiful and enduring beauty.”—Bookreporter
“Ethan Canin writes approximately arithmetic as brilliantly as T. S. Eliot writes approximately poetry. With this impressive novel, Ethan Canin now takes his position at the excessive cord with the easiest writers of his time.”[b]—Pat Conroy
“A e-book that increases the bar for novelists.”[b]—Literary Hub
“Staggeringly formidable . . . a narrative of majestic sweep.”—Paste
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Because we’ve claimed to interpret His will? Perhaps because we’ve killed, because the rage of the humble was treated the wicked agents of starvation so mercilessly? Is that what you wrote, Magister? Is that what you were thinking during those final moments, as the army of the princes marched to the siege of heroic Mühlhausen? One single reason. Not one reason, not even the unfathomable will of the Lord our God, is enough to banish our despair. Because it is still a cry of despair, uttered from the depths of a dark cell.
His name is Elias, he’s followed Müntzer from Zwickau, never leaving him, like a great protecting shadow. A glance to weigh up what he has before him: a few kilos of raw meat, for a stone-cutter from the Erzgebirge. A little student with his head full of conjectures in Latin, asking to speak to Magister Thomas, as he calls him. ’ he asked me straight away. I told him about the time when Müntzer’s voice petrified Melanchthon, and about my meeting with the prophet Stübner. ’ he exclaimed with a laugh.
Meanwhile we’ve challenged Melanchthon. But as far as Müntzer’s concerned they’re both dead already. ’ Abandon the dead: get back to life. Get out of this marshland. ’ Luther Blissett – Q – 26th September 2002 Page 40 of 477 ‘Travelling around Thuringia, preaching,’ My expression tells him all he needs to know. ‘It isn’t hard to track him down. ’ I get up and pay for his beers. ‘Thanks. ’ Luther Blissett – Q – 26th September 2002 Page 41 of 477 Chapter 10 Wittenberg, March 1522 I rush along, almost slipping in the mud, my breath ahead of me cutting through the morning frost.
A Doubter's Almanac: A Novel by Ethan Canin