The professor of light
Megan adores her father, a charming, befuddled professor of philosophy from Guyana whose lifetime pursuit is to resolve the dual nature of light as particle and wave. To further his obsessive quest, the professor trains his daughter in Socratic reasoning and the principles of physics. Even as a child, she organizes his notes, types his theories, and engages him in debates.At the root of their intense father-daughter bond is the legacy of Indian-Caribbean storytelling he passes on. She drinks in the obeah tales and myths, the stories that illuminate the lost history of her family that scattered over many continents and cultures. And so Megan absorbs her past, while struggling to remain afloat between the undertow of family and the riptide of the larger world.As she nears adulthood, Megan's relationship with her father grows more ominous as he is overtaken by a haunting past and a fear that Megan, like all children, will one day eclipse him. Each time she tries to step outside his world ofideas and old stories, she is pulled back in. All the while, the professor descends deeper into madness and Megan must choose how far her devotion will take her.A novel of logic, passion, and cultural lore, The Professor of Light gets at the heart of what it means to grow up and to grow apart.
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The professor of lightUser Review - Book Verdict
Meggie Singh's world revolves around her father, a brilliant philosophy professor who fled the poverty of Guyana for the United States, just as his father left India for work in South America. But as Meggie grows into womanhood, she must choose between leading a normal teenager's life and being drawn into her father's increasing obsession with the nature of light, an obsession that borders on insanity. More than a coming-of-age tale, this is a portrait of a family in crisis. As Meggie matures, she tries to save her parents from the past, a distant culture, and their own unhappiness. There are no villains here, only ordinary people trying to discover their own paths. With her gentle style, Budhos (House of Waiting, Global City, 1995) has effectively captured both a young girl's pain in growing up and a father's descent into madness. Recommended for all libraries.--Ellen Flexman, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L.
Review: The Professor of LightUser Review - Goodreads
Beautiful for its eclectic blend of philosophy, quirky family matters and theoretical physics, 'The Professor of Light' was one of my favourite YA reads (meaning that I read it as a young adult, not that it's necessarily targeted towards that audience, though it might be.)