The Metaphysical Touch

The Metaphysical Touch A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the YearIn Emily Piper is a graduate student finishing her dissertation on metaphysics when her home and work are destroyed in the Berkeley Oakland fires With he

  • Title: The Metaphysical Touch
  • Author: Sylvia Brownrigg
  • ISBN: 9780312263577
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the YearIn 1991 Emily Piper is a graduate student finishing her dissertation on metaphysics, when her home and work are destroyed in the Berkeley Oakland fires With her life s work in cinders, she retreats in shock to the small coastal town of Mendocino It is here that Emily becomes hesitantly involved in the early days of Net chat rooms.A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the YearIn 1991 Emily Piper is a graduate student finishing her dissertation on metaphysics, when her home and work are destroyed in the Berkeley Oakland fires With her life s work in cinders, she retreats in shock to the small coastal town of Mendocino It is here that Emily becomes hesitantly involved in the early days of Net chat rooms Soon, Emily, dubbed Pi, wanders into the quixotic thoughts of JD, a mysterious figure living on America s opposite coast What develops is a tentative, stimulating and perilous relationship Who is JD, and further, who, now, is Pi This is the highly original, multilayered story of two lost souls whose charged connection gives new meaning to the mind body problem.

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    About Author

    1. Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of six books of fiction, including the novels Pages for You and The Delivery Room Her most recent novel, Pages for Her, was published in July 2017 by Counterpoint in the US and Picador in the UK Sylvia s work has been included on the NY Times Notable list and the LA Times Best Books of the Year Her reviews have appeared in the NY Times, The Guardian, and the TLS, and she has taught at the American University in Paris Her novel for children, Kepler s Dream published under the name Juliet Bell , has been turned into an independent feature film She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her family, and continues to spend time in London.

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    1. The plot of The Metaphysical Touch is pretty simple Two people in their 30s, each troubled in his her own way, meet online and establish a virtual friendship What makes it unusual is simply the fact that this novel was published in 1998 and takes place in late 1991 early 1992 In other words, something that seems very ordinary to many of us now was not really ordinary to a lot of people reading the book upon its initial publication, and it certainly was not ordinary to most of the characters in t [...]


    2. This took so long to get going that it almost spoilt it altogether.Overall I enjoyed being whisked back to a time where internet was new and, well, clunky all that plugging in, and it tying up your phone line so this book took me somewhere nostalgic I guess.I enjoy parallel storylines threads, and did really get into the groove when it all got a bit interesting in the 2nd half of the book.An overall good read I ve got a few books by this author, so will be keen to see how her writing develops [...]


    3. I loved this book a wonderful, creative, engrossing, and touching exploration of loss At the heart of the book is a series of e mail messages between the main character and a person she never met To see how such correspondence could so profoundly affect one s life was thought provoking and moving.


    4. Couldn t finish main character so absorbed in herself, it left no room for development of others Still think Sylvia Brownrigg is a very good writer.


    5. Originally published on my blog here in August 2002.How can one respond to a catastrophe which destroys the very centre of your life Emily Piper, Pi to her friends, is a philosopher at Berkeley until the 1991 fire wipes out her home, her books and her cat She stays with friends and relatives, unable to face anything to do with her former life including books Eventually, she moves in with a relative of a friend, a woman herself in the middle of a divorce and with an unhappy seven year old daughte [...]


    6. Picked up on a whim in a book clearance you know what they say about judging a book by its cover this contemporary piece had interesting parallel threads dealing with a student losing her belongings and by extension, her identity in a house fire, a diarist dealing with his depression, and the relationship that develops between them online Though I did very much enjoy the book, the ending confused and disappointed me, and some of the later bisexual wonderings of the various characters seemed a bi [...]


    7. this is one of those books where i loved it, but i don t think i could anyone to read it, much less love it while the internet guy chapters were less compelling to me than the main character s, i still just really liked the entire story and i think every writer would identify with the dissertation lost in a fire premise, i mean who among us doesn t have horrific nighmares of losing all our stories novel poems in some freak accident or, for that matter, walked through days like a shell shocked PO [...]


    8. It took me a while to get into this book but I started to enjoy it as it got further into the unorthodox, complex relationships I found the characters a bit hard to like but I did think the ending was great Left me feeling satisfied with the outcome of the story.





    9. I had to read this book for english and I disliked it very much It was very philosophical and the ending honestly just sucked.


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