The Discovery of Heaven
A NovelBook - 1996
In a philosophical novel, two friends--a cynical, cerebral blue blood obsessed by the future Onno Quist and the hedonistic astronomer haunted by the past Max Delius--are caught up in an angelic emissary' plan to clone one crucial person by the year 2000. 15,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
On a cold night in Holland, Max Delius - a hedonist, yet a rhetorically brilliant astronomer who loves fast cars, nice clothes, and women - picks up a hitchhiker, Onno Quist, a cerebral, chaotic philologist who cannot bear the banalities of everyday life. They are like fire and water. But soon after they learn that they were conceived on the same day in 1933, it is clear that something special, even extraordinary, is about to happen.
At the center of their relationship lies the battle between humanistic values and technological progress ... and an especially radiant child, Onno's son, Quinten. Quinten's sublimity - in his beauty, intelligence, and demeanor - becomes even more apparent when, after the heavens conspire against Onno and Max, Quinten embarks on a journey that can only be completed by a child with his incredible gifts.
Abounding in philosophical, psychological, and theological inquires, yet laced with humor that is as infectious as it is wilful, The Discovery of Heaven lingers in the mind long after it has been read, offering itself up to many interpretations over time.
In a philosophical novel, two friends--a cynical, cerebral, blueblood obsessed by the future, and a hedonistic astronomer haunted by the past--are caught up in an angelic emissary's plan to clone one crucial person by the year 2000
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Disillusioned with humankind, God has ordered his angels to mastermind a plan to annul his contract with humans by retrieving the Stone Tablets. The plan the angels come up with involves the creation, education and inspiration of a new "Messiah." But for it to work in this day and age, the plan must be orchestrated in such a way as to be undetectable by any of the humans it involves.
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