Saturday, May 14, 2016
Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin
The novel tells the story of Milo Andret's life, from a solitary 1950s childhood in the woods of northern Michigan through his academic years of feverish productivity and being awarded the prestigious Fields Medal. It also tracks his frustrations, thwarted in love at Berkeley and confounded by a devilishly difficult problem at Princeton before a disgraced return to the Midwest. The book covers a lot of points of view en route, and that is its strength, although inevitably I liked some view points better than others. A very thought provoking book that is well worth a read.