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Oscar and Lucinda

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The Book
Winner, 1988 Man Booker Prize, Peter Carey's novel of the undeclared love between clergyman Oscar Hopkins and the heiress Lucinda Leplastrier is both a moving and beautiful love story and a historical tour de force set in Victorian times. Made for each other, the two are gamblers - one obsessive, the other compulsive - incapable of winning at the game of love.

Oscar and Lucinda

by Peter Carey
About
The Book
Winner, 1988 Man Booker Prize, Peter Carey's novel of the undeclared love between clergyman Oscar Hopkins and the heiress Lucinda Leplastrier is both a moving and beautiful love story and a historical tour de force set in Victorian times. Made for each other, the two are gamblers - one obsessive, the other compulsive - incapable of winning at the game of love.
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What Atul Gawande says

This is the best love story I’ve ever read. I love virtually everything Carey writes. His books are full of eccentrics and cranks and a distinctively Australian mythology and humor.  The story — he is an English clergyman, she is the Australian owner of a glassworks, and they are both secretly inveterate gamblers — is beautifully strange and tender, even though they are doomed. Carey provides some of the best evidence I know that it is possible to be both serious and funny.

Family Life

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The Book
Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2014 by NYT Book Review, Family Life is a wrenching and darkly funny, universal story exploring the twin themes of the Indian immigrant experience, and a family beset by a heart-breaking tragedy.

Family Life

by Akhil Sharma
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The Book
Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2014 by NYT Book Review, Family Life is a wrenching and darkly funny, universal story exploring the twin themes of the Indian immigrant experience, and a family beset by a heart-breaking tragedy.
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What Dan Pink says

One of the best novels I’ve read in a long while.

I Think, Therefore I Laugh

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The Book
Paulos originally wrote this charming little book on analytic logic, its mathematics, and its puzzles in 1985. He uses jokes, stories, parables, and anecdotes to elucidate difficult concepts, and in this case, some of the fundamental problems in modern philosophy.

I Think, Therefore I Laugh

by John Allen Paulos
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The Book
Paulos originally wrote this charming little book on analytic logic, its mathematics, and its puzzles in 1985. He uses jokes, stories, parables, and anecdotes to elucidate difficult concepts, and in this case, some of the fundamental problems in modern philosophy.
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What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

A great book for a refresher in analytical philosophy: pleasant, clear. Go buy this book!