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This is the story of a single mother, Sibylla, who comes from a long line of frustrated talents, and her son Ludo, who just happens to be a genius. Obsessed with the film The Seventh Samurai, she makes it a running backdrop to Ludo's childhood. At five Ludo learns ancient Greek, reading Homer as they travel round and round on the London Underground, teaches himself Hebrew, Arabic, Inuit, probability theory, astronomy, and is moving on to Japanese when he decides to embark on the search for his fatherpreferably the perfect father in the heroic mould, or at the very least, one with samurai virtues. He is bound for disappointment, and to find out more than he needs about his mother's shaky past. And at the heart of this completely delightful, captivating novel is the boy's changing relationship with his mothercontradictory, touching, and tender.

Full of linguistic pyrotechnics, fabulous learning, philosophy, science, and the workings of a brilliant mind, this is a must-read novel for everyone who relishes language, extravagant ideas, game theory, science, parenthood, not to mention Kurosawa's cinematic masterpiece.

About the Author

Born in Maryland, Helen DeWitt grew up mainly in South America, and now lives in England. She reads Classics at Oxford, where she also gained a DPhil. Published in fourteen countries, this is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780676973266
Author:
Dewitt, Helen
Publisher:
Vintage Canada
Author:
DeWitt, Helen
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mothers and sons
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
Vintage Canada ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2001s-27
Publication Date:
20011113
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.00x6.38x1.30 in. 1.10 lbs.

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