The Indian Clerk

  • by David Leavitt
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcom
  • 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This critically acclaimed and emotionally charged novel about the strange and ultimately tragic relationship between an esteemed British mathematician and an unknown and unschooled mathematical genius is historical fiction at its best: ambitious, profound, and absorbing.
Based on the remarkable true story of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, and populated with such luminaries such as D. H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Indian Clerk takes this extraordinary slice of history and transforms it into an emotional and spellbinding story about the fragility of human connection and our need to find order in the world. A literary masterpiece, it appeared on four best seller lists, including the Los Angeles Times, and received dazzling reviews from every major publication in the country.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of David Leavitt's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.

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What the Critics Say

"Mathematics and its paradoxes provide a deep vein of metaphor that Leavitt uses to superb effect, demonstrating how the most meaningful relationships can defy both logic and imagination." (The New Yorker)
"Ambitious, meaty, extensively researched...[a] richly layered, rueful portrait...Leavitt has tapped into marvelous material...stimulating and refreshingly original." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"This novel is brilliant. It is a beautiful and creative work that manages to portray a melange of the literary, historical, romantic and academic, with breathtaking prose and deeply nuanced characters." (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)

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Buy Leavitt, but not this one.

I'm a fan of David Leavitt's writing and had already bought 'The Indian Clerk' in paperback. But I really struggled with it, and started reading it twice, never getting more than a quarter way through. So when I saw it on Audible I decided to buy it thinking that perhaps I could get into the book this way. But although I did finish both parts, it was a bit of a hard slog. The narration is really tedious. The reader's downward inflection is irritating within minutes, so imagine seven hours of this weary narration. I did feel there was a great story in there somewhere, but the book needs a brutal edit. Way too long. Too many mathematical equations are fleshed out at the expense of the potentially far more interesting human relationships, which somehow you never really get your teeth into. I only suffered this audiobook out of respect for Leavitt's other work, but despite my optimism, it never really got going.
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- Michele

A book more based on gay love than science

I was excited at the prospect of a book based on this intriguing
character but was disappointed. If you want a book about a gay love you wont be.
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios