Today, I’m back with another book review and this time it’s a book on the Booker Prize long-list this year, Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward.
Firstly, the long-list of the Booker Prize 2020 is out! And I think it’s a great list with a great diverse list and some books I can’t wait to get into. You will be seeing a lot of reviews on my blog on the books on the list over the coming weeks so keep an eye out for them! And this book was the first one on the list that I haven’t read before, but first… what’s it about? Here’s the blurb:
Rachel and Eliza are hoping to have a baby. The couple spend many happy evenings together planning for the future.
One night Rachel wakes up screaming and tells Eliza that an ant has crawled into her eye and is stuck there. She knows it sounds mad – but she also knows it’s true. As a scientist, Eliza won’t take Rachel’s fear seriously and they have a bitter fight. Suddenly their entire relationship is called into question.
Inspired by some of the best-known thought experiments in philosophy, particularly philosophy of mind, Love and Other Thought Experiments is a story of love lost and found across the universe.
To be honest, I don’t know how to describe or write a review for this book but… I loved it. As soon as I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the plot because I feel like it’s a book you just need to get lost in and go along for the ride. I’ve seen this book on social media but wasn’t sure it would be my cup of tea (or book) so I kept putting it to one side but with the Booker, I thought I would give it a shot and I’m so glad I did.
I think Sophie Ward is a great insightful writer. What I loved most about the book is she tells a lot without saying anything at all, if that makes sense. Some times the language is sparse but has a big emotional pull right at the centre of it. The characters are brilliantly written, well-drawn, well-observed and you just want to carry on reading to see where Ward takes you next.
A big part of this book is thought experiments in philosophy – something I have no interest in whatsoever but I loved how she weaved them into the book and the overall story and made it interesting! This is a brilliant, original, weird, strange, beautiful marvel of a book. For me, it’s the little moments that speak the loudest. The unsaid.
Overall, I’m really glad I read this book and so glad to see it on the Booker. Queer relationships, philosophy, the use of language is exquisite and keeps your mind ticking, like an ant… I couldn’t stop turning the page and I can’t wait to read more from Sophie Ward in the future. A great start to reading the Booker long-list this year.
Have you read Love and Other Thought Experiments? What did you think? What do you think of the Booker long-list this year? Let me know in the comments!