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Preview — Intuition by Allegra Goodman
In the beginning, I found the story compelling and the plot interesting. It is not for the fainthearted, though, or for animal lovers. I am no lover of rodents, but even I had difficulties reading about the experiments on the tiny mice that were given cancer and other ailments and then "sacrificed" at the end. (I do believe that animal research is necessary for scientific advances, but I had never r ...more
The story of a cancer research lab and what happens when one researcher calls shenanigans on the extraordinary results of her colleague. An intensely interpersonal web, where it's not about the conflict and who is right and what the truth is, but instead about these personalities in this high-pressure mixing bowl. It's a book abo ...more
Cliff Bannaker is a postdoc struggling with his research. It's not going well, and the two directors of his lab are contemplating letting him go, when his third run of experiments (a virus to attack cancer ce ...more
The author of the National Book Award finalist Kaaterskill Falls (1998) and the critically acclaimed Total Immersion (1989) and The Family Markowitz (1996) has written another gripping novel. In this issue-driven drama told through multiple perspectives, Goodman probes the commitment to scientific discovery and the desire for success. Keeping situations morally ambiguous, Goodman introduces characters whose intuitions guide them through all-too-plausible dilemmas. A few critics disagreed about R...more
(with profuse apologies to my one Goodreads friend who gave this 5 stars, and with whom I just explained how loath I am to give 1-star reviews)
Intuition, a story about several scientists in search of a cure for cancer, reads like it has much loftier intentions, but somehow comes off like a Michael Crichton/Jodi Picoult in vitro love child experiment gone frightfully, yet boringly, awry. Lots of handwringing, and very little substance; you almost root for the lab rats to bite one ...more
The book seems to be modeled off of an infamous case of scientific misconduct that occurred during the time I was in graduate school. In the story, an average post-doctoral researcher at a mildly prestigious lab ...more
It was a page turner with interesting plot and character, but not completely filling - although I just finished reading the book and will perhaps reflect back on this book in the future - which is ultimately my standard for a good book!
The story centers on a laboratory in Boston where ...more
Also, the action is subtle; there are no cheap shots. At various times I was *sure* there would be a fatefully misplaced chemical reagent, or a tragic swimm ...more
I think I'd like to own a copy.
"Harmonious in their enthusiasms, they abhorred together beautifully as well, detesting religions, superstitions, condominiums, and corporations."
"For years Ann had contemplated the way that weakness became strength. More than once as she ran her busy household, and organized her husband's and her children's lives, she'd wished that she, too could come down with some mysterious but non-life-threatening ailment ...more
The other thing to recommend this novel is the spotlight on high s ...more
The author also has a baffling habit of changing POV several times throughout a chapter, essentially hopping to every character in the room. I had always heard/thought that if you are going to swit ...more