Popular Books The Human Script release A captivating intelligent and deeply affecting exploration of science lit
Popular Books The Human Script release A captivating, intelligent and deeply affecting exploration of science, literature and ideas Tom McCarthy, Man Booker nominee and author of C, Remainder and Satin IslandTHE HUMAN SCRIPT A NOVEL IN 23 CHROMOSOMESLondon in the spring of 2000 Chris Putnam, a young scientist working on the Human Genome Project, is grieving for the end of his first relationship and for A captivating, intelligent and deeply affecting exploration of science, literature and ideas Tom McCarthy, Man Booker nominee and author of C, Remainder and Satin IslandTHE HUMAN SCRIPT A NOVEL IN 23 CHROMOSOMESLondon in the spring of 2000 Chris Putnam, a young scientist working on the Human Genome Project, is grieving for the end of his first relationship and for the loss of his deeply religious and estranged father Then Chris falls in love and his twin brother goes missing Events take Chris on a journey from the hallowed halls of scientific research via decadent art scene parties and London s Theatreland to the cold loneliness of a psychiatric hospital and ultimately to a desperate decision What Chris discovers about himself and his world forces him to address his own nature, his own beliefs and his own reality.The Human Script is a cryptic parable, in which popular science, philosophy, literary theory and religion intertwine in a poignant and tragic love story that asks the question what is it to be human As well as Tom McCarthy s praise, extracts have been widely lauded by such writers as Ian McEwan, Andrew Motion, W G Sebald and Lorna Sage and compared to David Mitchell Cloud Atlas , Dave Eggers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and Bernard Schlink The Reader.An Kindle top 100 literary fiction title The Booksmoke team reads a lot of books but so far nothing has beaten Johnny Rich s The Human Script Hands down my book of the year Brave, intelligent and gloriously unsettling Tackling the big, beautiful, murky questions of science and genetics, nature nurture , love, life, death There are few books I finish and have to start at the beginning again but this was one of them Alex Masters, BookSmoke The Human Script is an engaging novel brimming with ideas, so much so I feel it would stand up to multiple re readings within a short space of time To say I enjoyed The Human Script would be an understatement It provided me with the long forgotten thrill of not knowing how a novel will conclude, and for that I am grateful I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys clever, well written fiction BookemStevo Incredibly clever and smart, and really made me think, while keeping me entertained to the end The characters were engaging, and the plot was gripping If you want to try something truly different and unique, I would highly recommend this book Stephanie Cox, Words are my Craft Johnny Rich is a lover of literature and this is clear in his clever use of motifs and themes within The Human Script His writing is reminiscent of Tom McCarthy and David Mitchell readers may find that upon reading the last page they will want to start all over again Intelligent, thought provoking and profoundly moving, The Human Script is a book that will start conversations and will linger in your mind for a long time Justine Solomons, Byte the Book The Human Script is an ambitious and intriguing novel Johnny Rich s voice is one I hope we will all become familiar with Rebekah Lattin Rawstrone, author of Home The cutting edge of literature I was pulled in for the ride until the very last page The Human Script is almost pulsating with ideas and than that with questions it s impossible not to ask yourself after reading.Unique Plastic Rosaries A fascinating book A real thought provoker Intelligent, complex and surprising reviews. Good Book The Human Script The Human Script, by Johnny Rich, looks at life and what that means. It asks big questions within the context of a fictional tale, pondering how much of what matters to an individual is a construct and how much is real. It explores cause and effect, nature and nurture. It demonstrates that the course of an individual’s life is largely beyond his control.The protagonist, Chris Putnam, is a biologist working on the Human Genome Project. He is still coming to terms with the break up of his first long term relationship when his brother phones to tell him that their father has died. Chris had not spoken to the old man in many months. He reluctantly returns to the family home for the funeral but is then eager to get away. Over the coming months, as his grief works its way to the surface, Chris encounters problems at work, dabbles in drugs, and neglects a good friend who wishes to help. He also falls in love.The story is told in 23 chapters, a novel in 23 chromosomes. It offers up the science of what makes a person unique alongside the emotional issues he must face. It took me a few chapters to find the narrator’s voice but I was then hooked on what is a compelling and intelligent read.A little over halfway through the book Chris reaches crisis point in a number of areas of his life. The reader shares in his thought processes as he struggles with an accelerating downward spiral. Chris is a scientist, a realist who has rejected the religion of his upbringing. He finds the idea that he is unable to determine the direction his life will take an anathema.The final third of the book is dark in tone. In refusing to be what others want Chris finds himself questioning his very essence. His problems are exacerbated as the science he has relied upon fails him, and the freedom he has fought for becomes his prison. Reality becomes muddied as his perception of life shifts.The denouement does not offer answers; such answers would be as facile as Douglas Adam’s 42. Instead the reader is left to consider all that has gone before. Chris’s actions influenced events, allowed him to change course, but he could not control the future. Likewise, an author does not control what his reader takes from a book; such perceptions are determined by the reader’s life experiences as much as by what is written down.My copy of this book was provided gratis by the publisher, Red Button Publishing.