By Ron Cooper
Legare’s undertaking is straightforward adequate: submit with the convention, convey a paper he by no means suggestion an individual would wish to listen to, obtain the tenure he isn’t definite he wishes, and go back, or no longer, to the spouse who approximately killed him ahead of he left. yet his plans are hijacked by way of a botched resort reservation and the all-too-convenient presence of the Southern kin Legare has labored very tough all his grownup lifestyles to avoid.
Circumstances—namely the inconvenient demise of a mentally challenged uncle— carry the full relatives jointly: Mama and the outdated guy, his backwards yet well-meaning mom and dad; too-religious Aunt Arlene and aggravating Uncle Spessard; and Uncle Rembert, whose shady goings-on could strength Legare to really take motion for as soon as in his passive existence. the one relatives he can tolerate are his brilliant sister Willie, and her endearing son Unitas, yet even family members there move south, to be able to communicate, whilst the introverted Saul falls head over heels for Willie.
Meanwhile, wrestlers within the guise of non secular figures enact the Apocalypse; wrestlers philosophize and philosophers combat; Southern kinfolk and western philosophy subscribe to forces as faith and made up our minds atheism turn out to not be all that a long way aside. The mind-body argument is solved, then unsolved, then solved back. Dismantled theories are defended at gunpoint. Philosophical celebrities are created via aggressive tic-tac-toe matches.
And via all of it, there’s Lucian, Legare’s overdue brother, who killed himself years in the past. What does his dying suggest? What’s the relations mystery Legare has been hiding from? What’s there to benefit from this rapid-fire collision of worlds, the place every kind of individuals and all types of perspectives are inherently and bizarrely attached? And what is going to it take for Legare to be either in and of the world?
Hume’s Fork is a brilliantly satirical and philosophical novel, each piece as humorous because it is intelligent—a actual unique. Legare’s conflict—Hume’s fork, should you will— turns into the reader’s, for all worlds are one, and not anything can actually be break free every little thing else.
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Hume’s Fork: A Novel by Ron Cooper