By Alan Lightman
“As I consider, I had simply woken up from a sleep while i made a decision to create the universe.”
So starts off Alan Lightman’s playful and profound new novel, Mr g, the tale of construction as advised via God. Barraged by way of the consistent advisements and bickerings of Aunt Penelope and Uncle Deva, who dwell with their nephew within the shimmering Void, Mr g proceeds to create time, area, and topic. Then come stars, planets, animate subject, awareness, and, ultimately, clever beings with ethical dilemmas. Mr g is all robust yet now not all understanding and does a lot of his invention by way of trial and error.
Even the best-laid plans can pass awry, and Mr g discovers that together with his construction of house and time come a few unexpected consequences—especially within the type of the mysterious Belhor, a shrewdpermanent and devious rival. An highbrow equivalent to Mr g, Belhor delights in scary him: Belhor calls for an evidence for the inexplicable, requests that the newly created clever creatures now not be topic to rational legislation, and keeps the need of evil. As Mr g watches his favourite universe develop into adulthood, he starts off to appreciate how the act of construction can switch himself, the Creator.
With echoes of Calvino, Rushdie, and Saramago, combining technology, theology, and ethical philosophy, Mr g is a stunningly innovative paintings that celebrates the tragic and joyous nature of life at the grandest attainable scale.