Mendel's Dwarf

Mendel's Dwarf

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Dr. Benedict Lambert is an acclaimed British geneticist. His great-great-great uncle was Gregor Mendel, the reclusive Austrian monk who pioneered modern genetics. Ironically, Ben is the victim of one of nature's crueler jokes, a genetic mutation called achondroplasia. In other words, he is a dwarf. It has been his life's work to decode the gene that has made him how he is. Clever, sardonic, and vulnerable, he has another Jean in his life, Miss Jean Piercey, the woman with whom he hopes to find normal, reciprocated human love. But when rejection looms, Ben has to confront the ultimate temptation. Will he use science to seek revenge--and play God?
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c1998.
ISBN: 9780609601068
0609601067
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,22 cm.

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brianreynolds Mar 23, 2014

Simon Mawer’s grotesque novel, Mendel’s Dwarf found me both entertained and intrigued in spite of a slow start and a TMI wander into the biography and research of Gregor Mendel. Lovers of the literary archetype Irony as well as those who relish the fickle finger of ironic fate should delight in the mad science of Mawer’s protagonist. He has a poignant and unsettling message as well as a massage for any brave reader who is not too put off by the occasional mathematical equation.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

1990s genetic science. I was unable to read to the the end.

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genfloss
Jun 13, 2011

Don't be daunted by the scientific lingo. A slow start but a blockbuster ending. A poignant, but cynical and realistic picture of what it is like to feel trapped inside a malformed body.

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