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The Indian Clerk

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The Indian Clerk

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
David Leavitt
publisher:
Bloomsbury
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

The fictionalized story of math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, as told by G.H. Hardy, the shy, closeted Cambridge prof who befriended him at the turn of the 20th century.

Vérité Moment?
Cameos by Bertrand Russell, D.H. Lawrence, and lots of complicated formulas (composite numbers, anyone?).

Lowdown
David Leavitt’s The Indian Clerk is a profoundly moving tale that illuminates the agony of repressed feelings and the thrill of intellectual discovery. Think Remains of the Day meets Good Will Hunting. B+