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Trinity

by Louisa Hall

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Trinity by Louisa Hall
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2018, 336 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 27, 2019, 288 pages

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Natalie Vaynberg
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In Trinity, Louise Hall explores the life of atomic bomb inventor J. Robert Oppenheimer through the eyes of seven fictional characters who purport to know him.

Trinity by Louise Hall is that rare book that delivers on expectations. It is innovative and intricate, full of detail and depth. The plot is well-structured, thoughtful, and beautifully brought to life. Hall set out to explore the limits of knowing another person, and she has very clearly done what she intended - her characters are both inscrutable and incredibly familiar, they are at once telling you too much and not enough.

The premise is simple - we are looking over the life and times of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb. The goal, at least on the surface, is to better understand who he is. Is he a communist or a Russian spy? A pacifist or a warmonger? Is he kind and remorseful or calculating and smug? Rather than offering conjecture on the man himself, the author narrates his life through seven testimonials from fictional characters and their imagined ...

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