Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Started listening to Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Goldstein, and am liking it a lot. It’s an attempt of transposing Platonic dialogues to the present day, with Plato instead of Socrates as their main character. It is an unusual combination of very palatable prose (amusingly absurd due to the obvious anachronisms that the reader it openly invited to accept) and overtly philosophical topics, very much unlike either didactic fiction that too often is insufferably bad, or pure works of fiction with some alleged hidden symbolical depths that the reader is supposed to unearth. It is very accessible to the layman — but not to the degree of being offensively dumbed down. A very curious book indeed!

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