The Philosopher's Apprentice: A Novel

By James Morrow

A amazing thinker with a expertise for self-destruction, Mason Ambrose gratefully accepts a suggestion no ravenous ethicist may well refuse. He needs to shuttle to a personal tropical island and show Londa Sabacthani, a gorgeous, superb adolescent who has misplaced either her reminiscence and her judgment of right and wrong in a freak twist of fate. Londa's soul is an empty vessel—and Mason's task can be to fill it.

But all isn't really because it turns out on Isla de Sangre. Londa's reclusive mom is secretly sheltering a moment baby whose sense of right and wrong is a clean slate. whilst the secret deepens, Mason confronts a daunting query: what is going to ensue while Londa, her head filled with lofty beliefs and her checking account stuffed to bursting, ventures out to remake our fallen international in her personal image?

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Why had she bisected the island with a wall? Why did her daughters desire separate estates? I questioned no matter if the girl within the photo may really be Edwina’s dual sister, likewise a molecular geneticist and in addition attending a neural-network convention in Chicago—a fanciful thought, yet no longer unbelievable. I tired my Hawaiian Punch. “Donya, i need to say whatever. this can be very important. in the event you question me, a five-year-old woman shouldn't be out flying a kite by way of herself. ” “Mommy says that so long as I remain contained in the wall, not anything undesirable will ever take place to me. ” “I think that an grownup could be observing over you continually. ” Donya gestured towards the rear window. “Henry’s taking a look at me at once. ” My opinion of parenting criteria at Donya’s villa enhanced significantly as my gaze alighted at the optimum tower. A cumbersome human determine, backlit by way of the descending solar, scrutinized the scrub via a brass telescope. The software appeared concentrated at once on me. I puzzled if it used to be robust adequate to teach Henry my puzzled expression. “Would you love to understand the identify of my condo? ” Donya requested. “My genuine condominium, I suggest, no longer my tree condominium. It’s Casa de los Huesos. that suggests the home of Bones. ” “What forms of issues do Henry and Brock train you? ” She bit into Deedee’s vanilla wafer. “You ask loads of questions, Mason. It’s getting on my nerves. ” “That’s no longer a really great factor to claim, Donya. ” immediately her forehead and cheeks grew to become pink, and that i braced myself for a squall of tears, yet as a substitute she took a deep breath. “I’m…I’m sorry. ” “I settle for your apology. ” “I’m so sorry. ” “It’s very well. ” “I say undesirable such things as that simply because I don’t have my rectitude but. ” “‘Rectitude. ’ That’s an extraordinarily significant notice. ” “Like the time I smashed Mommy’s cellphone and stated I didn’t, and that different time whilst I threw Chen Lee’s watch within the bay, and as soon as I dug up all of Mommy’s hyacinths. Henry and Brock are instructing me the 3 R’s. analyzing, writing, and rectitude. ” “I see. ” “After i am getting my rectitude, I won’t dig up any longer hyacinths. Are you instructing Londa her rectitude, too? ” “That’s a method to place it. ” Over the subsequent 30 minutes, I ate up 3 extra cups of punch, peanut-butter sandwiches, and 4 cookies like nobody’s grandmother used to make: disks of impossibly wet cake studded with delicious chunks of chocolate. while no longer consuming, Donya and that i performed sweet Land, sang nursery rhymes, and mentioned no matter if Christopher Robin may have came across a extra thoughtful approach to shipping Winnie-the-Pooh downstairs. it might be a greater international, i made a decision, if tree-house tea events happened with better frequency. At 4 o’clock Donya introduced that Henry and Brock anticipated her to be domestic quickly, so we descended to the scrub. Omar sniffed my knees, thighs, and ankles, speedy figuring out I’d got no unacceptable aromas considering the fact that his earlier inspection. Donya made me promise to go to her back. I scrambled again into the kapok tree. As I lower back to the jungle and retrieved my pack, I questioned no matter if Edwina, by way of using her significant financial and fabric assets to Donya’s area, had certainly made it a very shelter.

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