I kind of feel that I've been fooled by the author or in some unusual way I'm too disappointed by what I've read near the end of this novel. I feel so stupid to think that the setup of the novel is about the 3 person family, Ethan, Claire and Mark, getting back together. At the beginning, I thought or had the hope that that at the end, Mark would be cleared of whatever he's been accused of doing. Obviously, I was so wrong and the book is probably more about shaken baby syndrome (SBS) which for me is a surprise towards the end of the book. I've been so pleased when I read all those physics stuff and felt that the author was probably a physicist. But at the end, I felt that physics is just like my emotion, namely something being exploited by the author !
Ethan is lovely and I thought he had 'special power' especially after reading the 2nd paragraph on p.136 when Ethan seemed to have created "an atomic tsunami". Though I don't usually like novels involving superpower and should like the doctor's (hallucination) explanation, I somehow felt very disappointed and cheated by the author when I was told that all those waves that Ethan have seen were just his hallucination. I even thought, when I was reading over the explanation, that Dr. Saunders could be wrong in his "temporal lobe seizure" diagnosis when he said what Ethan saw was all due to seizure :-(
As somebody who doesn't care to get married, not to mention having children, I somehow am more sympathetic with Mark. He and Claire would be better off if they didn't have their child. In all the stories 12 years ago, the strongest feeling that I've got is that it's too hard and troublesome to raise a baby. Why would any parents be stupid enough to go through all that ?! Probably more people should just avoid being sucked into the baby-making business ! Hehehe ...
p.334 (4th- 5th lines from the bottom): I think "She didn't think he wasn't capable of it" should probably be "She didn't think he was capable of it"....Continua
Ethan is a bright young boy obsessed with physics and astronomy who lives with his mother, Claire. Claire has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he's becoming increasingly curious about his father's absence in his life, wanting to fill in the gaps. Claire's life is centred on Ethan; she is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son, and of her own feelings. When Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event from when he was a baby, Claire's tightly held world is split open. On the other side of the country, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart. Then a sudden and unexpected call home forces him to confront his past, and the hole in his life that was once filled with his wife Claire and his son Ethan. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that like gravity pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness. Heart-wrenching, absorbing and magical, Relativity is an irresistible novel about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts....Continua