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Inventing God

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Hafiz is a twenty-five year old Muslim doing post-graduate work in genetics at the University of Beirut. He is one of a team working on the possibility of fashioning a biological weapon that would be effective against some ethnic groups and not others. This project seems to him impossible, but still highly dangerous. Lisa is a sixteen year old Israeli girl who feels threat ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Vintage (first published 2003)
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Sep 23, 2015 Genna rated it did not like it
I chose this book as fancied trying something a little bit more intellectual but was hoping for a good read as well. I'm not sure if I got either! Undoubtedly there was plenty of philosophical food-for-thought, much consideration on the purpose of life, the need for religion,the condition of humanity etc. Most of this was displayed in a riddle-like, semi-conscious state as in most (if not all) of the characters were in a constant state of deep-thinking intellectualism leaving no room for an actu ...more
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Feb 22, 2013 Marc Nash rated it liked it
This book starts off really well, considering the question of whether there is a god, or whether it's necessary for human beings to invent Him. Both to stop us destroying ourselves and yet to set us at each other's throats claiming Him as our own. But then the book just doubles and trebles back on itself, never developing its themes beyond glib philosophical syllogism; if god doesn't exist, we had to invent him, but because he knew this, therefore it's proof he does exist. A series of characters ...more
Jul 21, 2008 Erica rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I don't remember how exactly I made my way to this book -- probably a review, or a mention in something else I read. Eh. I was less than enthralled.
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Beautifully written characters, who lead meandering lives and struggle to make sense of the world around them.
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Nicholas Mosley was born in London on June 25, 1923 and was educated at Eton and Oxford. He served in Italy during World War II, and published his first novel, Spaces of the Dark, in 1951. His book Hopeful Monsters won the 1990 Whitbread Award.

Mosley is also the author of several works of nonfiction, most notably the autobiography Efforts at Truth and a biography of his father, Sir Oswald Mosley,
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