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Lydia Millet






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Soft Skull Press; First Edition edition (June 2005)





Oh Pure and Radiant Heart e-book

by Lydia Millet

Praise for oh pure and radiant heart.

Praise for oh pure and radiant heart. Though Oh Pure and Radiant Heart possesses the nervy irreverence of Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, Millet makes the subject matter her own, capturing the essence of these geniuses in a way that can only be described as, well, genius. In her brilliant and fearless novel. From the Back Cover.

Oh pure and radiant heart. Enrico Fermi died in 1954. Leo Szilard died in 1964. Robert Oppenheimer died in 1967. Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. Didn't they?It is Millet's (George Bush, Dark Prince of Love, 2000) happy conceit that they did, but, by some.

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Someone from Booklist has read Lydia Millet's Oh Pure And Radiant Heart and encourages would-be readers to think Twain, Vonnegut, Murakami, and DeLillo. Since I enjoyed the novel enough to finish it, I think I'm qualified to amend that list. Twain: do not think Twain. It's beautifully written, smart, filled with the sense of the impermanence of existence, the frailty of our species, the beautiful foolishness of our attempts to tamper with Nature. It will make you think differently; it might make you weep.

Lydia Millet is da bomb. Literall. hough Oh Pure and Radiant Heart possesses the nervy irreverence of Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, Millet makes the subject matter her own, capturing the essence of these geniuses in a way that can only be described as, well, genius. Brilliant and fearles. illet takes a headlong run at the subject of nuclear annihilation, weaving together black comedy, science, history, and time travel to produce, against stiff odds, a shattering and beautiful work. Entertainment Weekly. unique and wide-reaching book.

Millet, Lydia, 1968-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Gutierres on October 17, 2011. Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967, Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954, Szilard, Leo, Nuclear physicists, Women librarians, Celebrities, Atomic bomb, Time travel. Publisher Books to Borrow. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).

After reading Lydia Millet's latest book, "Oh Pure and Radiant Heart," I bought all her books. In a week I devoured "George Bush, Dark Prince of Love" and "Everyone's Pretty. Sadly, I have just finished "My Happy Life" and am down to the last, "Omnivores. I admit I am obsessed with Millet's writing: It is exquisite, flowing, the subject matter jarring, disturbing, crazy-ass weird and captivating

Lydia Millet (born December 5, 1968) is an American novelist.

Lydia Millet (born December 5, 1968) is an American novelist. Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It brings three of the physicists responsible for creating the atomic bomb to life in modern-day New Mexico, where they acquire a cult following and embark on a crusade for redemption.

New York Times & New Yorker reader. Millet is a witty and very weird writer. In a whose button is bigger era, Oppenheimer, Szilard, and Fermi coming back to campaign for disarmament, especially after their campaign is taken over by violent Christian fundamentalist was just a timely as when I read it the first time. 0 ответов 0 ретвитов 0 отметок Нравится.

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart plucks the three scientists who were key to the invention of the atom bomb—Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard and Enrico Fermi—as they watch history's first mushroom cloud rise over the desert on July 16th, 1945...and places them down in modern-day Santa Fe. One by one, the scientists are spotted by a shy librarian who becomes convinced of their authenticity. Entranced, bewildered, overwhelmed by their significance as historical markers on the one hand, and their peculiar personalities on the other, she, to the dismay of her husband, devotes herself to them. Soon the scientists acquire a sugar daddy—a young pothead millionaire from Tokyo who bankrolls them. Heroes to some, lunatics or con artists to others, the scientists finally become messianic religious figureheads to fanatics, who believe Oppenheimer to be the Second Coming. As the ever-growing convoy traverses the country in a fleet of RV's on a pilgrimage to the UN, the scientists wrestle with the legacy of their invention and their growing celebrity, while Ann and her husband struggle with the strain on their marriage, a personal journey married to a history of thermonuclear weapons.
I was hooked on the first page when I read words that to this day resonate and remind me of how profound reading can be. Her first paragraph, where she states, "It was their job to rend asunder the smallest unit of being known to be separable from itself; out of a particle so modest there are billions in a single tear, in a moment so brief it could not be perceived, they would make the finite infinite" gave me goosebumps as I imagined exactly what she wanted me to...the beginning of the nuclear age. Then I was committed to the book at the bottom of that first page when she talks about success in splitting the atom. "And it should be admitted, the concession must be gracefully made; in the moment when a speck of dust acquires the power to engulf the world in fire, suddenly, all bets are off." Goosebumps. Truth. I have never forgotten these phrases. The rest of the story is eloquently told with powerful moments and images. I've begun writing again myself after many years of not doing so...this book reminded me how beautiful the written word is when done right. This is done very right. Thanks, Lydia. I hope you make it available in e-format so many younger readers can discover a subject which is, sadly, so timely in current world events.
reads like a deconstructed (or notes & drafts toward a) Pynchon novel, but w/ its occasional Pynchonian irreverence undercut by a generally earnest tone, a key if superficially superfluous kitchen sink realist(ish) plot, plus a hefty dose of humanist warmth, a passion that's alternately outraged & wearily resigned, Millet's narrative voice avoids direct judgement, channeling her indignation, sorrow, disbelief through characters, but is subtly but clearly, movingly incapable of detachment from the book's content, themes; at times infuriating for various reasons including but not exclusive to plotting, w/ an ending that is either irrelevant to the rest of the book or despairingly on-the-nose w/r/t its themes, the book it seems to me has grown scarily increasingly relevant over the years since its publication - while the technology described per se might be dated, the book's anthropological ruminations on historical & cultural truths have frightening implications on contemporary military technology vis-a-vis U.S. foreign policy in particular - & humins & human nature in general.
I did receive a hard copy of the book but it has the name of a library stamped on the edge of the pages. I did not appreciate receiving a stolen book.
This should not be the first Millet book you read. Read something shorter first, and if you really enjoy her writing, try this. There are many shining moments in the book, there is a lot of humor, and the character study of the 3 physicists is wonderful. (Imagine the assault on the senses of being whisked from 1945 to 2003! Millet imagines it very convincingly.) But as many other reviewers have stated, the road trip across the USA is drawn out much too long.

This passage near the end of the book encapsulates the main theme of the book. The Oppenheimer character is being quoted by another, minor character: "He once told me he did not think the end would come from bombs because there was not time. He thought it would come earlier than that, from all the changing of the world and the destruction of it. He said to me once: it is the mind that made the bombs that is killing the world. For that purpose bombs are not needed." There you have it: the book is an indictment of the human mind.
I read about Oh Pure and Radiant Heart in a blog that is on my regular reading list. The blog writer was more enthusiastic about this book than I have ever heard him be about any other book he discussed. On that basis, I thought it was worth giving it a try.

I *loved* the book for the first 150 pages. I could not believe how much I loved the writing, and how connected I felt to the characters. It is really magical how Millet is able to make the surreal situation so very real. I really dreaded the moment when the book would end.

Be careful what you wish for, right? The second half of the book is unfortunately nowhere near as compelling as the first. It had a little bit the feel of a book where the author had painted herself into the corner. It felt as though Millet did not really know where to go with the wonderful premise that she had imagined. I may be wrong about that, but I can at least say that as a reader it was very difficult to hold on to the thread. I cannot help but wonder if a little bit more help from an editor would have prevented the problem.

In any case, Millet is hugely impressive as a writer. I certainly will not be giving up on her work. Recommended (with my caveats above) for fans of smart speculative fiction. If you like a lyrical tone to your prose, Millet should appeal to your taste.

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