Mortals by Norman Rush

"Mortals" is a complex narrative about a Milton scholar and CIA operative named Ray Finch stationed in Botswana. The story explores his personal struggles with his marriage, his brother's death, and his professional life. The narrative also delves into his philosophical and psychological musings, providing a deep exploration of his character. The book presents a rich tapestry of African politics, CIA covert operations, and the human condition, all set against the backdrop of Botswana.

The 2850th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 236

Since this book was first published in 2003, there is a penalty of 46.4%. The age adjusted score is 126.5.

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