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La déesse des petites victoires (edition 2012)

by Yannick Grannec

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Title:La déesse des petites victoires
Authors:Yannick Grannec
Info:Editions Anne Carrière (2012), Broché, 468 pages
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The Goddess of Small Victories by Yannick Grannec



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This novel is told in two interweaving strands. In 1980, shortly after famous mathematician Kurt Gödel's death, Anna Roth, daughter of two Princeton mathematicians, is given the difficult job of convincing Kurt's widow Adele to donate his papers to their institute. She visits her in the nursing home and gradually breaks through her skeptical shells. Through flashbacks, we learn more about Kurt Gödel's life through the eyes of his wife. Kurt and Adele came from different worlds, and she often felt left out of his life. He was a reclusive, troubled man, and Adele was often his connection to the real world. Their life together is made even more interesting by their cadre of friends - Einstein and Oppenheimer among them.

I listened to this book on audio, and because of that, I didn't progress through it very quickly. I occasionally lost the thread of the story. Although the topic was interesting, the characters were at time somewhat flat - especially Anna, whose story paled in comparison to that of the Gödels. It was Adele, with her matter-of-fact nature and her clear love for the difficult Kurt, who made the story pop. ( )
  porch_reader | Jun 9, 2015 |
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