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.


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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Customer Reviews

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Too Graphic for My Taste

I am by no means a prude and am certainly not put off by love affairs of any sort. Unfortunately, the story I eagerly looked forward to hearing in "The Indian Clerk" was frequently sidelined by graphic gay sex as well as extensive sexual detail that added nothing to characterization.The story's pace, not exactly brisk without the tiresome sexual themes, slows to an unbearable snail's pace that had me hitting "stop" on my iPod in order to google "Ramanujan." Although Leavitt is well within his right to embellish and imagine true events in this work of fiction, I can't help but feel that "The Indian Clerk" hits too many false notes in the name of "Look, we have sex scenes, get used to it." I'd post the same review of any "Literary Fiction" book featuring gratuitous heterosexual foolishness. It just doesn't ring true.
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- Susianna "Susianna"

Summary is somewhat misleading

Since the main characters were top mathematicians, I was expecting a book with a strong mathematical plot. This book is really about homosexual relationships and there is not really that much about mathematics. If gay oriented literature then this your thing then you will quite likely enjoy this book, if not you will probably find it quite tiresome.

I would like to suggest that the summary be changed to make at least some reference to the main thrust of the book.

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- Cdh Manning "Embedded Janitor"

Book Details

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