The Philosopher's Apprentice


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Harper Perennial
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5.44 X 8.0 X 1.11 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

James Morrow was born in Philadelphia in 1947. Besides writing, he plays with Lionel electric trains and collects videocassettes of vulgar biblical spectacles.


"This novel [is] one of Morrow's best . . . the creative exuberances of THE PHILOSOPHER'S APPRENTICE are easily justified by the wisdom they support. For a wise novel, then, wittier and better proportioned than most of its predecessors, due praise."--Nick Gevers, Locus
"Morrow is a good as anybody at dramatizing the notion that ideas can both kill us and save us, and THE PHILOSOPHER'S APPRENTICE may well offer about as many provocative ideas per chapter as we'll see in any novel this year."--Gary K. Wolfe, Locus
"One of America's premier comic novelists and satirists. . . . Morrow is long overdue for a mainstream audience."--Denver Post
"[James Morrow] is an original--stylistically ingenious, savagely funny, always unpredictable."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Morrow addresses controversial topics without being heavy-handed, and infuses the narrative with a wit that pragmatists and idealists alike will appreciate. A-"--Entertainment Weekly
"Morrow's world is one where ideas matter so much they come lurching to life as intellectual Frankenstein creatures. In The Philosopher's Apprentice, they are wickedly hilarious - and then they can break our hearts and scare us silly."--Denver Post
"[Morrow's] valorization of reason together with his acute sense of comic absurdity have long made him a favorite of intellectuals . . . who see him in the tradition of Twain and Vonnegut."--Locus
"In some ways, [Morrow] reminds me of Mark Twain after the mid-1880s, and even more of Kurt Vonnegut. Like them, Morrow writes with a penetrating moral vision."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"James Morrow is a wildly imaginative and generous novelist who plays hilarious games with grand ideas."--New York Times Book Review
"[I]nventive, entertaining . . . fantastic images and ideas . . . Morrow's inventiveness is beguiling, as are his delight in Western philosophy and his concern for the sorry state of the world."--New York Times Book Review
"[A] hyperkinetic mishmash of horror story, sci-fi yarn, Renaissance allegory, Greek myth and modern morality's the fiction equivalent of a roller coaster ride, where readers are meant to hold on tight and enjoy the giddy thrills of an over-the-top and overeducated plot."--Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air on THE PHILOSOPHER'S APPRENTICE
"[A] tumultuous take on humanity, philosophy and ethics that is as hilarious as it is outlandish . .. [a] wildly ambitious morality play, a shrewd amalgamation of the sacred and the profane. Tips its hat with style to Mary Shelley and George Bernard Shaw."--Kirkus Reviews
"Morrow has produced an exemplary novel, one that explores a question central to the human understanding of self...THE PHILOSOPHER'S APPRENTICE is thought experiment as heartbreaking drama-this is what science fiction at its best does."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch on THE PHILOSOPHER'S APPRENTICE
"Morrow may not mention Diderot, but in many ways Morrow is a successor to that finest of Enlightenment thinkers, a man who believed that literature and philosophy marched hand in hand and who was not afraid to discuss serious matters in a comic tone. Enthusiastically recommended for all libraries."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Morrow is an inventive writer possessing a fine comic sensibility; the story is infused with wit and brio."--Library Journal (starred review)