One of my first stops was to an old favorite. It has been several years since I have read
From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz. One of the very few benefits of my checkered past is that my memory for books and movies is just not what it should be and so if I don’t watch a movie or read a book for a couple of years it is almost like reading it for the first time.
Sometimes when you love a book the first time and can’t wait to read it again, it just isn’t the same the next time around. I think that this might be due to the frame of mind you are in when you read it. Books resonate with us due to the context that we place them in in our own lives and sometimes we hit and sometimes we miss.
From the Corner of His Eye, I loved even more the second time around. Now, this is not a book for everyone. I have loaned it out to several people who just couldn’t get into it, even those who love Dean Koontz. This book intertwines the stories of several characters, who all end up having profound impacts on each others lives, even though the connections between them started out quite remote.
It examines and intertwines several of the Quantum theories from which physicists and philosophers alike are looking at our understanding of reality. This book always inspires to me to learn more about quantum theory, so now I am reading Quantum Reality by Nick Herbert to learn more about it. Although dense, it is quite fascinating.
Dean Koontz himself admits that he takes giant leaps from the truth of quantum theory for the sake of the story, but he does present a new way to look at our reality that I find hopeful and enthralling.
One of the theories intertwined into this story is the many worlds interpretation, where for each place that their exists multiple outcomes a new parallel universe, identical in every way to this one is created where the other choice was made. Does this mean that in the other places I am, that I am an Olympic equestrian? an engineer? a single mother on welfare? Hmm. Makes you look at all the choices we’ve made in our lives in an entirely new way huh?
This is definitely one of the more out their of the quantum theories, but it is backed by science and gaining recognition as something to look into more as it answers one of the major unanswered questions in quantum theory, the quantum measurement problem. Exactly what this means is still way our of my realm of understanding, but I am working on it.
This is a book that inspires that imagination and the scientist in all of us, but it also contains a great story filled with murder, psychosis, family, generosity, loss, grief and love.
If this review has peaked your interest at all, then I highly recommend you suspend your current understanding of reality and plunge into this great novel.
I don’t want to talk about the book itself too much because it would spoil things for a new reader and I hate spoilers. What I will say is that our discussion at book club was great and moved on from the book to religion, politics and other intriguing topics. Everyone has a different perspective on this book and how they view the underlying path of the plot.
A definite book club must read.