The Diagnosis: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 13, 2001 - Fiction - 384 pages
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From the bestselling author of Einstein’s Dreams comes this harrowing tale of one man's struggle to cope in a wired world, even as his own biological wiring short-circuits. As Boston’s Red Line shuttles Bill Chalmers to work one summer morning, something extraordinary happens. Suddenly, he can't remember which stop is his, where he works, or even who he is. The only thing he can remember is his corporate motto: the maximum information in the minimum time.

Bill’s memory returns, but a strange numbness afflicts him. As he attempts to find a diagnosis for his deteriorating illness, he descends into a nightmarish tangle of inconclusive results, his company’s manic frenzy, and his family’s disbelief. Ultimately, Bill discovers that he is fighting not just for his body but also for his soul.


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User Review  - Clare.Davitt - LibraryThing

I read this after having loved "Einstein's Dreams" for years. This did not live up to my hopes at all. The story was intriguing at first and as always Lightman's descriptive skills are pretty ... Read full review

THE DIAGNOSIS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

From the author of Einstein's Dreams (1993), a haunting if ultimately unsatisfying metafiction.Bill Chalmers is an eager and, as far as he knows, happy participant in what was once quaintly called the ... Read full review

Contents

ON THE SUBWAY
IN THE HOSPITAL
EARLIER THAT AFTERNOON
ESCAPE
CHURCH
HOMECOMING
A DAY OF REST
ANYTUS
SPERRY
CIDER BARN ANTIQUES
NIGHT OFFICE
BAY WINDOWS
NATIONAL PARALYSIS ASSOCIATION
PLASMAPHERESIS
THE ATTORNEYS
DRAWINGS

RED WANT
WAITING ROOM
TAXI
AT THE OFFICE
BATH
THE TANNERY
THE MURDER
FIRST TESTS
THE PSYCHIATRIST
THE FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER
MARCELLOS
LIFEIMAGES
DUCKS
VISITS
NURSE
POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY PET
SICILY
THE EXECUTION
THE JOB OFFER
THE MALL
NEWS FROM MR BAKER
CALONICE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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About the author (2001)

Alan Lightman lives in Boston.


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