Triumphant . . . With beautiful specificity and nuance, Hall interrogates such major issues as ethics in scientific discovery and breaching the chasm between public and private selves.
Much has been written about [J. Robert Oppenheimer] . . . but in this boldly imagined, multilayered novel, author Hall takes a new approach. Through her invented narrators, she explores themes of guilt and betrayal as well as the fallout from lies and self-delusion - in the process bringing Oppenheimer, an often aloof, conflicted man, to vivid life . . . Lushly written, this is an ambitious, unsettling novel that takes on big issues in a passionate, personal way.
Lushly written, this is an ambitious, unsettling novel that takes on big issues in a passionate, personal way
Triumphant . . . Compelling . . . With beautiful specificity and nuance, Hall interrogates such major issues as this in scientific discovery and breaching the chasm between public and private selves
Ingeniously structured . . . Hall excels at creating distinct characters whose voices illuminate their own lives and challenges, as well as the historical period that saw Oppenheimer's fall from grace
Trinity is a dizzying, kaleidoscopic marvel of a book, and a beautiful reflection on the impossibility of creating a truly accurate narrative of any person's life
[An] elegant novel . . . It leaves you with the dazed feeling that trying to understand a person, to really know them, is an impossible task.
Louisa Hall understands the words we don't write can be just as important as the ones we do . . . Few words go to waste in her new book, Trinity, a brilliant imagining of how the details omitted from one notorious man's story might define him more fully than the broad strokes we already know . . . Trinity sounds a wake-up call to those who have failed to ease the threat of planetary destruction . . . Oppenheimer changed course in his own life - and through Hall's imagined reading of his mind, she shows us that we still can too
A boldly imagined scenario that explores themes of guilt and betrayal.
Hall excels at creating distinct characters whose voices illuminate their own lives and challenges, as well as the historical period that saw Oppenheimer's fall from grace. Taken together, they only burnish the endlessly fascinating enigma of the flawed genius who became known as the father of the atomic bomb.
Trinity is an intelligent and sweeping account of the characters - some real, some fictional - swirling around the testing of the first atomic bomb. It is also an affecting meditation on the ways in which we betray others and, in the process, ourselves.
Louisa Hall's intelligent, elegant and yet strangely elusive novel about the father of the atomic bomb . . . [is] elegant and true
History, Hall insists, happens on the human scale and the narratives in which we find ourselves caught up often blind us to larger truths. This is an intelligent, serious novel saved from ponderousness by an abundance of sharp-edged details and the intensity of its characters need to speak
Louisa Hall has created a splintered and intriguing portrait of this brilliant and conflicted man . . . Hall's explosive fragmentation of Oppenheimer's life makes for an original book, a novel of the unseen and finally, the unknowable
Trinity is a very clever novel, both intimate and enormous in scope, as it explores how a man who created one of the most terrifying weapons in history can continue to move through a world he changed forever
Brilliant . . . Hall has shaped a richly imagined, tremendously moving fictional work. Its genius is not to explain but to embody the science and politics that shaped Oppenheimer's life . . . True and dazzlingly unfamiliar