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Generosity by Richard Powers
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Jul 19, 2010

it was ok
Read in July, 2010

What would happen if a person was genetically endowed to be perpetually happy? This is the premise of this book and it explores the scientific, religious, sociological, etc aspects. As a scientist I liked how the author used science in the plot. The book can be most appreciated by someone with a science background since Powers almost never explains the science he introduces in layman's terms. The plot centers around a perpetually happy person but there is very little joy throughout the book. None of the characters are particularly easy to identify with. The author does have a way with words as expected from someone who was a Pulitzer prize finalist. A statement from the book I liked "Joy does little to increase one's judgment. Happiness is not the condition you want to be in when you need to be at your most competent".

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