The Philosopher's Apprentice Philosopher Mason Ambrose goes to a remote island to teach ethics to a girl who lacks a conscience. Edwina Sabacthani claims her daughter, Londa, lost… 2008-03-11 Fiction History William Morrow
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The Philosopher's Apprentice (2008)

The Philosopher's Apprentice | ISLAND OF LOST SOULS James Morrow's novel follows a philosopher to an island where he's engaged to teach ethics to a conscience-less girl
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS James Morrow's novel follows a philosopher to an island where he's engaged to teach ethics to a conscience-less girl

Details Release Date: Mar 11, 2008; Writer: James Morrow; Genres: Fiction, History; Publisher: William Morrow

Philosopher Mason Ambrose goes to a remote island to teach ethics to a girl who lacks a conscience. Edwina Sabacthani claims her daughter, Londa, lost her ''moral center'' after a head injury, but Mason discovers the truth: Edwina's island is a laboratory, and Londa is one of her creations. The girl learns right from wrong, but once off the island, her morality falters. Londa's intentions (curing cancer, fighting fascism) are honorable, but not her means (cloning, hijacking). Novelist James Morrow addresses controversial topics in The Philosopher's Apprentice without being heavy-handed, and infuses the narrative with a wit that pragmatists and idealists alike will appreciate. A-

Originally posted Mar 07, 2008 Published in issue #982 Mar 14, 2008 Order article reprints
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