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The Falling Sky [Format Kindle]

Pippa Goldschmidt
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A blackly comic campus satire combined with a heart-breaking family mystery, The Falling Sky brilliantly mixes fiction and astronomy into a fascinating, compelling and moving narrative. Jeanette is a young, solitary post-doctoral researcher who has dedicated her life to studying astronomy. Struggling to compete in a prestigious university department dominated by egos and incompetents, and caught in a cycle of brief and unsatisfying affairs, she travels to a mountain-top observatory in Chile to focus on her research. There Jeanette stumbles upon evidence that will challenge the fundamentals of the universe, drawing her into conflict with her colleagues and the scientific establishment, but also casting her back to the tragic loss that defined her childhood. As the implications of her discovery gather momentum, and her relationships spiral out of control, Jeanette’s own grip on reality is threatened, finally forcing her to confront the hidden past. Pippa Goldschmidt’s bittersweet debut novel blends black comedy, heart-breaking tragedy and fascinatingly accessible science, in this intricate and beautiful examination of one woman’s disintegration and journey to redemption.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 502 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 264 pages
  • Editeur : Freight Books (8 avril 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BU3LLZ4
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great read! I did not want it to end! 1 juillet 2013
Par Cat
Set on the unusual background of astronomy, Pippa Goldschmidt delivers a cleverly crafted first novel with a truly believable cast of characters. Quite unexpectedly, she leaves you wanting to know more about the mysteries of the cosmos whilts her imaginative and even poetic use of words gives you a special insight into the mind and demons of her main character. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Like all good books, I did not want it to end!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exquisite writing. Wonderful twists and turns. 16 mai 2014
Par Chanticleer Book Reviews - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
What would it be like to discover two connected galaxies that The Big Bang theory says are impossible? Not many people have even imagined facing this question, but in "The Falling Sky" Pippa Goldschmidt takes readers into the mind of an astronomer who not only observes the connected galaxies but can’t find anything wrong with her own work—no matter how hard she tries to refute her findings. This conundrum creates a human drama as fraught with turmoil and heartache as any found in the best novels of any genre.

Only half of Goldschmidt’s novel is about astronomy, however. The chapter titles alternate between “Now,” in which Jeanette is a young scientist, and “Then,” which focus on her early childhood. Reflections on “Then” are also woven into the fabric of chapters on “Now,” so the reader can understand how Jeanette’s tragic and disturbing childhood has shaped her ambivalent present. This, by the way, is not a story of childhood sexual abuse. Nor does it in any obvious way tie her early childhood experiences to her present sexuality, although I’m sure some readers will find connections.

In an exquisite scene on a Chilean mountaintop in the first “Now” chapter, Jeanette escapes the windowless control room of the telescope to gaze at the night sky the way she did as a child.

“She quickly gets her sea legs as she navigates her way from the jewels of the Southern Cross to the fragile puff of the Large Magellanic Cloud, and on to the crowded centre of the Milky Way. There is a rhythm involved in moving from star to star that she can match to her breathing, so at the peak of each breath she arrives at a star and then swings herself onto the next one, spanning the darkness.”

A paleontologist who finds a fossil inconsistent with the theory of evolution and a climate scientist who discovers a declining temperature trend contrary to global warming are in exactly the same predicament. The controversies surrounding “negative results” in science should make serious readers want to experience the thoughts and feelings of a realistic scientist confronted with a discovery that doesn't fit the explanation accepted by nearly all trained scientists in their field.

For readers who aren’t scientists, the most important feature of this part of the story, and the most surprising to many, will be the doubt, even disbelief, that follows such a discovery. Back in Edinburgh, Jeanette tackles head on the possible reasons why her observation might have some explanation that is completely consistent with the Big Bang. The average person may even find Jeanette’s tenacious refusal to accept her own painstaking work pathologically perverse. Experienced scientists, however, will empathize completely.

And when Jeanette finally decides to publish her finding, hoping someone else will figure out what’s wrong, the reader sees from the inside what it is like to defend research that is inconsistent with a major theory. Her personal stakes are high because her reputation is sure to be questioned. Her job and long-term future could be on the line, too. Several nicely described scenes of in-house seminars and conference papers add weight to the readers’ understanding of Jeanette’s skepticism and her ambivalence about publishing the observation.

There’s a risk that this review will lead some readers to think "The Falling Sky" is a cautionary tale about how scientists who deviate from orthodoxy are punished by the scientific establishment. Goldschmidt will quickly disabuse them of this popular misconception.

Jeanette, the protagonist, is very much part of the scientific establishment and fiercely committed to its standards, goals and theories. She wants exactly what her colleagues want: more evidence and evidence from different lines of investigation. The latter is nicely embodied is a space telescope project going on in Edinburgh, as well as a lovely subplot involving a galaxy survey. In these details, Jeanette perfectly embodies how almost every young scientist would behave.

In an important scene Jeanette is pushed into a television appearance that quickly turns into a nightmare that will ring true for any scientist interviewed by the media. Two television “celebrities” misunderstand and ridicule her, and then, ignoring all the qualifications of careful science, they insist on the simpleminded conclusion that one negative finding demolishes a theory that explains tens of thousands of equally careful observations.

"The Falling Sky" resolves some of Jeanette’s personal conflicts but leaves the scientific mysteries open to further investigation. No other ending could be more appropriate and authentic. To say more about the story would give away the wonderful twists and turns of the plot. Lay readers and scientists alike will find Goldschmidt’s novel entertaining and discover in Jeanette a thoroughly captivating and charming person, one who will resonate in memory long after they have read the last page of the book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 loved it 1 octobre 2013
Par Oana A. - Publié sur
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I am an astronomy postdoc and so I related strongly to her story, especially the career struggles. However I wish she made something more plausible in terms of the astronomical finding on which a lot of the plot turns. My eyes were rolling painfully in my head at a couple of passages describing her paradigm-shifting discovery. Also I was a bit disappointed about her description of observing and observing trips. I think most astronomers really love this part of their jobs. There seems to be a great deal of disconnect between her telescope usage as a little girl, she often talks about enjoying the quiet wander of the night sky as a child and the "grunge" of observing that she experiences during her professional use of telescopes. Finally we've all met some "Richards" in astronomy or any other field for that matter, the people who are not grandiose thinkers, who are obsessed about ingratiating themselves to their superiors and who are not happy about the success of their colleagues. Still the Richard character in this book is very two-dimensional. The scorn dripping from the author's pen when describing Richard is not dissimilar to the scorn she experiences from the male hierarchy in her profession.

What the author does beautifully is a dream like astronomical poem at the end of each chapter. Also I was moved by the very powerful writing dissecting the loss of her sister and the impact that had on her family, her childhood, and current relationships. Also the love chapters are very well done, delicate, spicy and the needed spoon of bitterness.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Academic Drama 23 juillet 2013
Par Syriat - Publié sur
I read The Falling Sky in three days, it has a momentum to its first person narrative which drives you to read more. It tells the story of an astronomer (Jeanette) who discovers something that puts into question one of the key theories of the universe. The fall out from this and her personal life are interspersed with chapters from the past which depict the fall out of a family disaster. It's set in Edinburgh and has enough detail for you to understand the scientific details of the book but not too much to make it a stodgy read. This balance is key to the success of the book. The main character is likeable and you feel invested in her happiness.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It detailed the politics and issues concerning academia and blowing holes in theories as well as the intimate family details. It's balancing act is well worked and I couldn't help but want to find out the resolution to both the academic drama and the family one. After finishing the book I feel I can't quite award five stars as this investment isn't rewarded in the final chapters, for me at least. I enjoyed them but didn't quite love the ending. However, as a piece of writing it is very good and is highly recommended
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An Unusual Point of View 4 octobre 2013
Par Carol J. Manka - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book requires a commitment from the reader to actually read the entire thing, which means "reading through" some emotionally difficult events that the main character has to cope with. In the end, nearly all the central issues are resolved to a point. The backdrop and environment for the action is all things academic and research in Astronomy. That is why I started reading this book--I am very interested in our space exploration (she and most of the story are in Scotland). Turns out, she is critical of academia and of the practices of Astronomy and that underscores the development of the protagonist. It all adds up to a dark sort of story. The reason I liked it is that Pippa writes well and clearly knows her subjects very well.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 13 juillet 2014
Par Pan - Publié sur
I love the story. I will recommend it to all my colleages in the lab.
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