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Publisher's Summary

Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. Both mentors and supervisors of their young postdoctoral proteges, Glass and Mendelssohn demand dedication and obedience in a competitive environment where funding is scarce and results elusive. So when the experiments of Cliff Bannaker, a young postdoc in a rut, begin to work, the entire lab becomes giddy with newfound expectations. But Cliff's rigorous colleague and girlfriend, Robin Decker, suspects the unthinkable: that his findings are fraudulent. As Robin makes her private doubts public and Cliff maintains his innocence, a life-changing controversy engulfs the lab and everyone in it.
©2006 Allegra Goodman (P)2006 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"Extremely engaging....A truly humanist novel from the supposedly antiseptic halls of science." (Publishers Weekly)
"Goodman's sympathetic yet floundering characters are compelling, their conflicts provocative, and her writing spellbinding....Vivid, incisive, and funny." (Booklist)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Baby on 10-11-06


I had been looking forward to this book, as I had heard good things about Allegra Goodman. As a former "lab rat", I was especially interested in this story. I had read that even as Goodman got the science right, her strong characterization was the true delight of the book. Unfortunately, that's not my experience with it. The science sounds right, but not much else does. Maybe this book is better read than listened to, but to me the prose sounds flat and mundane. The characters remain 2-dimensional, because too much is explicitly told instead of shown through the characters' actions. In many parts of it I felt that Goodman really belabors her point and used 5 sentences when 1 would do. Maybe my problem with it is that it reminds me too much of my experience in the lab: a lot of slogging through repeated experiments, with not much to show for at the end.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Haleyana on 06-26-06

Don't waste your time

I really hated this book. I listened to all of it, hoping it would get better; but it just dragged on and on. Characters called "flawed", "human" and "sympathic" in critic's reviews were, to me, just whiny, morose and utterly unsympathetic. I bought this book aftet reading an article comparing Goodman's style to Jane Austen. Goodman may admire Austen, but Intuition contains none of Austen's subtle wit and incisive characterization. I was alternately boerd and annoyed by Intuition; in fact, I was only ever interested at moments when I thought some interesting tragedy might befall one of the characters. Its a sad state of affairs where you find yourself hoping the main character will be diagonsed with cancer, struck by a car or fall through the ice to drown. Yet, despite some well crafted suspense, nothing ever comes of it; the build up leads nowhere. I can't get back the 14 hours I invested in Intuition, but perhaps I can spare you the time I lost.

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