Review of Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise

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Yamini mathur
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Review of Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise" by John K Danenbarger.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Entanglement–Quantum and Otherwise by John K Danenbarger is a book that comes along once in a while, so overwhelming that one picks up and puts it down repeatedly not able to get a hold of or unable to give a word to the thought or emotion one feels at that moment of reading. This murder crime thriller emphasizes a greater understanding of the human spirit reflecting the entirety of our living life. The reader sees every chapter of the book from the perspective of strongly developed characters, allowing the reader to understand the situation from all aspects and to experience their emotion along the way. A time in life always comes when we question the reason for life and living.

This literary crime novel is a gripping suspense story spread over sixty years, i.e. three generations of events taking place. It begins with Geena sitting in the year 2044, and then a flashback in which the author takes us to the journey of her parents Beth Sturgess who survived through prostitution, drugs, and Kevin Nuss, a crime detective carrying a complex past of his own. Geena, the protagonist, is doing her best in reconnecting the broken ties with her brother Davis and even with Joe Tinker, with who she has no biological relation. The narrative of the story captivates the core of our imagination that we are in awe, left to wonder what will happen next. The lives of a strong cast of characters also including Martin Case, a professor researcher in quantum physics, and Ellen McKinnon are so well interlinked and connected that the reader is forced to think, yes, the world is indeed very small. Thinking that life has a meaning and that the law of physics or quantum has some answers to it? Or sometimes we just know that this is all a myth. The author through his characters allures the readers to think more deeply and observe that whatever life is or brings with it, we still experience the warmth of the sun, the cool breath of the moon, and feel the freshness of nature surrounding us.

Davis’s take on confronting his views about how he lived his life, in guilt, shame, and deep love, was a realization that I did not expect, but he did this without any sort of hesitation. The way the author has portrayed the gay homosexual behavior or the disrepute vocation is not done in a wallowing way or giving suffering an identity. It is done plainly with feelings deep and touching, wondering while understanding the beauty of the characters inside their tragedy and loneliness, the power of acceptance to live on their own terms. The author has shown that the beauty of the world is never painted in black or white but in the hues of colors portraying the world as sacred and mysterious.

What made me feel good or what I liked best was the letter by Fredrik to Joe. It shows that love is the only essence and a necessary ingredient that keeps us all sane and the only emotion capable of taking away everything else we love. Living a fulfilling life is about the love we get and give. The book has unforgettable characters and is a great crime thriller with excellent original mystery.

There is nothing I did not like, but the book does come out hard while the characters unfold the complicated emotions with each event of murder and death. There is that dark side of the story that I would understand why some people would not like it. The book is professionally edited and an excellent ‘literary’, true to its word crime novel. I, therefore, rate the Entanglement–Quantum and Otherwise a full four out of four stars.

Personally, I would recommend this book to students and practitioners of psychology, and anyone in the age group fifteen plus open to the ideas of life and death.

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