Machines Like Me

A Novel

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Publisher Description

From the Booker Prize winner and bestselling author of Atonement—”a sharply intelligent novel of ideas” (The New York Times) that asks whether a machine can understand the human heart, or whether we are the ones who lack understanding.

Set in an uncanny alternative 1982 London—where Britain has lost the Falklands War, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power, and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence—Machines Like Me powerfully portrays two lovers who will be tested beyond their understanding. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first generation of synthetic humans. With Miranda's assistance, he codesigns Adam's personality. The near-perfect human that emerges is beautiful, strong, and smart—and a love triangle soon forms. Ian McEwan's subversive, gripping novel poses fundamental questions: What makes us human—our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns against the power to invent things beyond our control.

Don’t miss Ian McEwan’s new novel, Lessons, coming in September!

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
April 23
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
3.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Nick is my Dog ,

Machines like Me

Once again a story filled with moral insights with every page asking questions of us as to who we are and why we believe as we do. Magically thought provoking but then all of Ian McEwan’s books are. I carry his stories with me and marvel at his imagination and writing skills.

S82_ ,

Average

Not a terribly engaging read. I kept waiting for something that never arrived in this book. It did not impress and came across, in the end, as being preachy.

ot Take ,

Machines like me

Weird stuff but interesting

Not sure why political history was changed

You have to like Adam, but he lacked compassion

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