On a languid midsummerâ€™s day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their mother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; and Petraâ€™s â€śyoung manâ€ťâ€”very likely more interested in the father than the daughterâ€”who has arrived for a superbly ill-timed visit.But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortalsâ€”among them, Zeus, who has his eye on young Adamâ€™s wife; Pan, who has taken the doughy, perspiring form of an old unwelcome acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator: â€śWe too are petty and vindictive,â€ť he tells us, â€śjust like you, when we are put to it.â€ť As old Adamâ€™s days on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up trouble, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. . . . Blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological insight and sensual detail, The Infinities is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being humanâ€”a dazzling novel from one of the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today.
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