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Theory of Bastards av Audrey Schulman
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Theory of Bastards (utgåvan 2018)

av Audrey Schulman (Författare)

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"Stage four. Surgery. Recovering." While those are the simple words that once described Dr. Francine Burk's situation, the reality is much more complex. Her new reality is feeling unduly thrilled by her increasing ability to walk across a room without assistance. And it's being offered a placement at a prestigious research institute where she can put to good use her recent award money. With the Foundation's advanced technological resources and a group of fascinating primates, Francine can begin to verify her subversive scientific discovery, which has challenged the foundations of history--her Theory of Bastards. Frankie finds that the bonobos she's studying are as complex as the humans she's working alongside. Their personalities are strong and distinct, and reigning over it all is Mama, the commanding matriarchal leader of the group. Frankie comes to know the bonobos and to further develop her groundbreaking theory with the help of her research partner, a man with a complicated past and perhaps a place in her future. And then something changes everything, and the lines that divide them--between subject and scientist, between colleague and companion--begin to blur.… (mer)
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Titel:Theory of Bastards
Författare:Audrey Schulman (Författare)
Info:Europa Editions (2019), 416 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
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Theory of Bastards av Audrey Schulman

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…each important moment in life has about it a stillness, an extra beat, and awareness of the edges.”
This 397-page slightly futuristic novel, followed by a five page research appendix, begins as interesting and gradually become dangerous in that the reader becomes very emotionally invested in its characters and their fates: Dr. Francine (Frankie) Burk recovering from surgery to correct a life-long illness; David Stotts , the caretaker at an animal research facility not far from Kansas City; and 14 bonobo apes.
We get to know all of them quite well. The detailed mating habits of the bonobos initially may be TMI for some readers, but necessary to understanding them. Schulman is quite good (this is her 5th novel) at ratcheting up tension and what little violence does occur is all the more intense due to her skilled manipulation of us readers into investing our humanity into all of the characters.
Whether you are a science nerd, a lover of a well-told story, or a reader who likes to be grabbed by the wet-wear between your ears, this novel is for you.
May Audrey Schulman continue writing books that remind us of our humanity, tug at our heartstrings, illuminate the creatures we cohabitate with on this lone planet, and emphatically state the wonders and appreciation that science can bring into our lives. ( )
  DanTheReader | Jul 4, 2019 |
4.5 stars

First, this book is unique and hard to describe, but I loved every minute of it. Second, I am truly baffled by the cover which bears little relation to the story; book covers that do not properly depict what is inside the book are a huge pet peeve of mine. Theory of Bastards is set in the near future when resources are scarce and technology controls virtually everything. Schulman’s prose is crisp, compelling, and lyrical, and she crafts characters who are complex, thoughtful, and clever. Her depiction of the future is chilling and unforgiving. I do not want to spoil anything about the book by saying much about the plot, but I loved the book and finished it in less than two days. Highly recommended! ( )
  cburnett5 | May 19, 2018 |
Francine (Frankie) is finally able to live her life the way she’d like to. Up until now, her life has been full of pain due to an undiagnosed disease but now she’s pain free. She’s well known for her scientific discovery, “The Theory of Bastards”, and has been given a grant to study bonobos. When a dust storm is expected and mandatory evacuation is imposed, she makes a decision to stay and care for the bonobos, along with the man she loves.

This was an unexpected joy of a book. It takes place in a futuristic world, full of human computer implants and driverless cars. The story jumps back and forth from Frankie’s life when she struggles with her pain and present day. I would have given it five stars except for the fact that there were parts of the book that I felt dragged a bit, especially when Frankie first comes to the Foundation to start work with the bonobos. The slow parts are not completely without merit, though, as they include real-life studies of the bonobos that I found to be quite interesting.

The story really picks up when the dust storm hits. I hadn’t realized up until that point how much I had grown to care about each of the bonobos and Frankie. The last quarter of the book was very suspenseful and I clung to every word. There’s quite a lesson on the dangers of a society so dependent on technology.

Ms. Schulman has given us a well-written book with true heart. It’s a very original look at humanity and mankind’s relationship to the animal world. Recommended.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review. ( )
  hubblegal | Apr 9, 2018 |
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(starred review) Schulman’s vision of the future is powerful and strange, but it is less a commentary on society’s dependence on technology than a propulsive story rooted in a future that feels possible. The incorporation of research into the narrative is seamless, and the result is an astute, impeccable page-turner readers will savor.
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"Stage four. Surgery. Recovering." While those are the simple words that once described Dr. Francine Burk's situation, the reality is much more complex. Her new reality is feeling unduly thrilled by her increasing ability to walk across a room without assistance. And it's being offered a placement at a prestigious research institute where she can put to good use her recent award money. With the Foundation's advanced technological resources and a group of fascinating primates, Francine can begin to verify her subversive scientific discovery, which has challenged the foundations of history--her Theory of Bastards. Frankie finds that the bonobos she's studying are as complex as the humans she's working alongside. Their personalities are strong and distinct, and reigning over it all is Mama, the commanding matriarchal leader of the group. Frankie comes to know the bonobos and to further develop her groundbreaking theory with the help of her research partner, a man with a complicated past and perhaps a place in her future. And then something changes everything, and the lines that divide them--between subject and scientist, between colleague and companion--begin to blur.

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