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A Living Soul

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  226 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The protagonist of this mild satire - is a human brain floating in an aquarium - The bodiless Ypsilon, expected to be an unemotional intellect, feels lonely. Beause he is lovesick over a pretty lab assistant, Ypsilon chooses not to respond to elaborate educational regiments - With the aid of a chimpanzee and a detached human hand, he makes detailed plans for an impractical ...more
Published 1988 by Norvik Press (first published 1980)
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It is a really extraordinary book. It’s bizarre, and it’s awesome! The main character is a brain in an aquarium. The novel takes place in a near future. A person, man or woman is never revealed, lying in a respirator, agreed to have his or her body amputated. Now, the brain is the property of a scientific company and seems to have lost its human rights. It is subjected to experiments and doesn’t get to know what is going on.

The book is very uncomfortable and thought-provoking, and I really liked
Phoebe Flesch
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Phoebe by: Read for a Scandinavian Literature course
"A Living Soul" is narrated by a human brain, called Ypsilon, suspended in water. The science is flawed, which can be forgiven, as the novel is a product of the 1980s, but what can't be is the greasy feeling leftover from its observations. Is this the future of science? Breaking down the human body into parts to observe, examine, and then harvest? Moreover, does this future of science mean leaving behind emotion and passion, as indicated by the final experiment on Ypsilon?
The novel is uncomforta
S.M.M. Lindström
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book gave me chills. Especially the ending. The story pulls you in and has you suspending your disbelief at roof level, which gives it impact. Or maybe that's just me. This was my first ever "brain in a jar"-book (I found it among my mother's books when I was about 12) so that probably a huge part of why it struck such a cord with me.

That said, the fact that this story revolves around and explores the consequences of being a body-less brain - instead of most works where they tend to be util
Moa Nyman
Skoluppgift. Jag tycker att den är långtråkig men tror det är för att jag inte läser den här typen av böcker. Hela boken är skriven ur en hjärnas perspektiv och den här hjärnan ligger i ett akvarium.

Jag vet inte riktigt vad jag ska säga om slutet men det funkar väll, men hade definitivt kunnat varit intressantare. Det var däremot en ganska intressant bakrund till hur hjärnan hamnade där.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it

Decidedly odd, this book is the first person narrative of a brain who has had his body amputated except for one eye and two ears. Wonderfully imaginative, slightly cynical and strangely compelling overall.
A disembodied brain tells its story in first person.
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
moves at a good pace, concise.
Vasil Kolev
Oct 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Доста странна книга. Има интересни идеи в нея, малко остарели, но си струва да се прочете.
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Per Christian Jersild, better known as P. C. Jersild, is a Swedish author and physician. He also holds an honorary doctorate in medicine from Uppsala University, and another one in engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology.
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