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Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 Hardcover – 6 February 2020

3.9 out of 5 stars 553 ratings

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Sophie Ward is a dazzling talent who writes like a modern-day F Scott Fitzgerald -- Elizabeth Day

a genuinely affective family narrative that is emotionally compelling as well as intellectually stimulating. Surely not since Jostein Gaarder's 1991 novel Sophie's World, has an author produced such an imaginative and original synthesis of fiction and philosophy -- Becky Long ― Irish Times

In Love and Other Thought Experiments, Ward proposes to alter the colour of her readers' minds . . . But the success of Ward's venture inevitably depends on the quality of the writing. This is often moving, exuberant and sensitive. We care about her characters and share their hopes and fears. Ward's investigation and practice of empathy is easily the best thing in the book. ― the Guardian

Brimming with close observation . . . the sheer literary ambition on show is impressive, with Ward producing a highly original first novel that echoes European experimentalists such as Kundera and Krasznahorkai ― Spectator

Ward has achieved something quite extraordinary: a super-smart metaphysical romp that's also warm, wistful and heartfelt. A book that declares, winningly, that just because it's all in your head, it doesn't mean it's not real. ― the Daily Telegraph

It is an act of such breath-taking imagination, daring and detail that the journey we are on is believable and the debate in the mind non-stop. There are elements of Doris Lessing in the writing - a huge emerging talent here

Ward's ingenious fiction debut stands in a tradition of philosophical fiction: Voltaire's Candide, Sartre's Nausea . . . [Her] writing is often moving, exuberant and sensitive . . . gifts of bravura wit and imagination -- Stevie Davies ― Guardian

Love and Other Thought Experiments is a towering literary achievement. Sophie's prose is exquisite and her storytelling powerful, poignant and utterly gripping. An astonishing debut ― Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

Philosophy meets fiction in this beguiling and intriguing novel of minds, hearts, other worlds, love, death and everything in between. It's a book that dances and dazzles with ideas and left me thinking long after I finished it
Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Ward's writing is as clear as a knife sounded against a glass and just as attention-grabbing. Fiction, fable and philosophy combined together with real human folly and fate at its heart. This book is as hard to pin down as it's impossible to forget

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This impressive literary debut takes as its premise and inspiration ten of the best-known thought experiments in philosophy - the 'what ifs' of philosophical investigation - and uses them to talk about love in a wholly unique way.

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  • Publisher : Corsair (6 February 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1472154592
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1472154590
  • Item Weight : 382 g
  • Dimensions : 13.8 x 2.6 x 21.8 cm
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Reviewed in India on 6 October 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic philosophical fiction!
By Mayavie on 6 October 2020
Rachel wakes up one night, terrified that an ant has crawled into her eye and is stuck there. Her partner, Eliza, is sceptical. Their entire relationship is precariously hinged on one question that Rachel asks Eliza - Do you believe me?

This is a fascinating philosophical fiction novel with an interesting premise - each of the 10 chapters begin with a classic thought experiment, which are like writing prompts that take the book forward.

Ward is a writer with a brilliant and a beautiful mind. However, while the first half (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) had me hooked and blew my mind, especially the chapter from the ant’s PoV where the above quote is from, I had trouble suspending my disbelief in the last 4 chapters (⭐️⭐️⭐️) that take the story into the outer space, and had to skim through some bits I found boring, even though Ward managed to neatly tie it all together in the end.
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