The Discovery of Heaven, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The internationally-renowned author of The Assault delivers a rich mosaic of 20th-century trauma in which many themes--loyalty, friendship, family, art, fate, good and evil--suffuse a suspenseful and resplendent narrative.




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Two Dutch friends, an astronomer and a philologist, each have a relationship with the same woman, leading to dubious parentage for the son she bears. Said son is apparently destined to fulfill a divine mission, as all events are being led by angels for that purpose...This started quite slowly but once it got going I enjoyed the first half. The dynamic between the friends and the woman they both love is affecting and there's a lot of interesting digressions into one subject or another. But after halfway the focus of the story shifts and I thought it dipped massively, before coming back at the end for the conclusion of the son's mission. Decent, although towards the end I kept thinking that Umberto Eco would have told the last quarter of the story far better.

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