Travelling across the Atlantic on board the QE2, Alice - a bright, young physicist - meets Jove, short for Giovanni, one of the world's most respected experts on time travel and a confirmed lothario. By the time the pair land in New York, Alice has become Jove's mistress, an affair of the heart which is only complicated further when Alice meets ...
Travelling across the Atlantic on board the QE2, Alice - a bright, young physicist - meets Jove, short for Giovanni, one of the world's most respected experts on time travel and a confirmed lothario. By the time the pair land in New York, Alice has become Jove's mistress, an affair of the heart which is only complicated further when Alice meets Jove's, wife, Stella; a tempestuous beauty born with a diamond at the base of her spine. As this love triangle turns into a menage-a-trois, Alice, Stella and Jove struggle against the currents immersing them, while their romance pulls into its wake the stories of other generations, philosophies, quantum physics and time travel. A celebration of the human heart in all its frailty, confusion and excess, Gut Symmetries is a lyrical evocation of parallel lives, loves and universes, from one of Britain's best loved authors.
New in new dust jacket. Gift Quality. Brand New. Fast Arrival. Packaged in bubble wrap. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 225 p. Audience: General/trade. Gift Quality. Brand New. Fast Arrival. Packaged in bubble wrap.
Winterson pulls the reader along for the ride, charging headlong through entwining, compulsive, mythical entanglements of intense desire, lust and love. The pace never lets up as elements of theoretical physics and mystical symbolism are drawn into the spiraling chaos, enriching the experience as the story cascades towards its unexpected conclusion.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-03-17 Alchemy and astrology, their philosophical similarities to quantum physics and hyperspace and a love triangle turned m?nage-?-trois entwine in Winterson's acutely fascinating yet strained seventh novel (Art Objects, etc.). Though Winterson sets up the tale with a gorgeous, elusive promise (a "sister universe, contemplative, concealed, waits in our future... Can anyone deny that we are haunted?"), the basic plot is straightforward, even predictable. While giving lectures on the 15th-century alchemist Paracelsus aboard a cruise on the QE2, Alice, a bright young physicist, meets Jove, a married man and more established physicist also on the lecture-circuit whose crowd-pleasing specialty is time travel. The two fall breathlessly in love and begin an affair. Back in Manhattan, Jove's wife of 24 years, Stella, is heartbroken to learn of the liaison in a letter from Alice. She agrees to meet Alice at the Algonquin, however. There, after a self-conscious, elliptical conversation, the two women fall in love. They soon include Jove in their relationship. The finale involves Jove and Stella getting lost at sea on a solitary yacht-trip. Winterson's characters are more often mouthpieces for ideas than believable people. When Jove warns Alice,"I need time," Alice ponders Einstein's theory of time. Winterson's great talent and intellectual reach and originality are in evidence. but her crystalline prose is too icy for the passionate subject-matter. Awash in beautiful intellectual lights, like phosphorescence atop night waters, this love story drifts too far from the loamy shores of the heart and the gut. (Apr.)
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.