A Home at the End of the World: A Novel by Michael Cunningham

By Michael Cunningham

From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Hours, comes this largely praised novel of 2 boyhood neighbors: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and uncertain of himself; and Bobby, hip, darkish, and inarticulate. In big apple after collage, Bobby strikes in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who's homosexual, to father Clare's baby. Then, whilst Clare and Bobby have a toddler, the 3 circulation to a small condominium upstate to elevate "their" baby jointly and, with a wierd good friend, Alice, create a brand new type of relatives. A domestic on the finish of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of city lifestyles today.

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Reactions to this picture varied. 3 Some saw it as proof of God’s design; others saw it as detrimental to religious ideas. 4 This was proof that the universe was created (it had a definite beginning) and that it was moving toward an inevitable end. ” Smith and Wise point to the “depth of his belief that irremediable losses must occur,” pointing to Thomson’s quoting Psalm 102:5 The material world could not come back to any previous state without a violation of the laws which have been manifested to man .

13–15, 72. 32 MASON TATTERSALL 18. Stewart and Tait justify this invention with what they call “the principle of continuity,” which they do not adequately define or justify, yet, which trumps all other arguments and scientific laws (including the second law of thermodynamics). Their definitions of this principle (which later in the text is referred to as a “law”) are as follows: “It thus appears that, assuming the existence of a Supreme Governor of the universe, the principle of Continuity may be said to be the definite expression in words of our trust that He will not put us to permanent intellectual confusion” And “The great scientific principle which we have made use of has been the Law of Continuity.

These are familiar images for us. Margot Louis notes that Swinburne uses the passage of time with its alternations of light and dark to point to time’s ultimate meaninglessness that makes us yearn for some sort of transcendence or resolution (Louis 1990, 167–68). Yet the tension between this yearning and the inevitability that the entropic passage of time presents leaves resolution unattainable. “But,” Swinburne asks, “thou, dost thou hear? Stars too but abide for a span, / Gods too but endure for a season” (Swinburne 1904, 6:141).

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