By James Morrow
An excellent thinker with a expertise for self-destruction, Mason Ambrose gratefully accepts a suggestion no ravenous ethicist may well refuse. He needs to shuttle to a personal tropical island and train Londa Sabacthani, a gorgeous, fantastic adolescent who has misplaced either her reminiscence and her sense of right and wrong in a freak twist of fate. Londa's soul is an empty vessel—and Mason's task may be to fill it. yet all isn't really because it turns out on Isla de Sangre. Londa's reclusive mom is secretly sheltering a moment baby whose moral sense is a clean slate. while the secret deepens, Mason confronts a daunting query: what is going to take place whilst Londa, her head full of lofty beliefs and her checking account crammed to bursting, ventures out to remake our fallen international in her personal picture?
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She flipped a pair of gold-framed polarized lenses into place over her eyeglasses, then set her book atop a wheeled cart holding a coffee urn, 24 The Philosopher’s Apprentice its shiny convex surface elongating Proserpine’s reflection into an El Greco figure. “Forgive me for not rising to greet you, Mason, but I’ve not been well lately, and etiquette would only aggravate my condition. Call me Edwina. ” “The food of philosophers,” I said, though a better case could be made for beer. Javier gestured me into a second fan-back chair and, approaching the urn, released an ebony stream into a mug bearing the Odradek Pharmaceuticals logo.
It was a glib answer, and we both knew it. Although her polarized lenses mitigated Edwina’s scowl, I still felt its impact. “In any event,” she said, “from the moment of my daughter’s birth, I contrived to give her a sheltered existence, educating her entirely at home. ” She took my hand and pressed the strange fruit into my palm. ’ Charnock prefers the term ‘mummy kumquats’—‘mumquats’—for they can make the consumer imagine he’s immortal. Be careful where you eat your mumquat, Mason. ” “Thanks for the warning,” I said, nesting the fruit in my shirt pocket.
Edwina led me to a round table swathed in white linen and arrayed with porcelain bowls from which rose fragrant twists of steam. Sliding into the nearest chair, I saw that we’d be dining on calamari stew, and I wondered whether before turning them over to the kitchen staff Charnock had given the little squids fins or wings or some other capricious enhancement. ” Javier asked Edwina as she assumed her chair. “Our guest will decide,” she replied, presenting me with a blank stare. ” “The chardonnay is fine,” I said, inhaling the perfume of the hibiscus.
The Philosopher's Apprentice: A Novel by James Morrow