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The Humans : [a novel]

The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel about alien abduction, mathematics and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves. Combine Douglas Adams' irreverent take on life, the universe and everything with a genuinely moving love story, and you have some idea of the humour, originality and poignancy of Matt Haig's latest novel. Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book even begins. As it turns out, though, he wasn't a very nice man'as the alien imposter who now occupies his body discovers. Sent to Earth to destroy evidence that Andrew had solved a major mathematical problem, the alien soon finds himself learning more about the professor, his family and "the humans" than he ever expected. When he begins to fall for his own wife and son'who have no idea he's not the real Andrew'he must choose between completing his mission and returning home, or finding a new home, right here on Earth. Praise for The Humans "A brilliant exploration of what it is to love, and to be human, THE HUMANS is both heartwarming and hilarious, weird, and utterly wonderful. One of the best books I've read in a very long time." 'S. J. Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP "The ever-imaginative Haig has created an extraordinary alien sensibility and, though writing with a serious purpose (the future is at stake), has great good fun with the being's various eyebrow-raising blunders as he struggles to emulate human behavior. Haig strikes exactly the right tone of bemusement, discovery, and wonder in creating what is ultimately a sweet-spirited celebration of humanity and the trials and triumphs of being human. The result is a thought-provoking, compulsively readable delight." 'Booklist.

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  • "The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel about alien abduction, mathematics and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves. Combine Douglas Adams' irreverent take on life, the universe and everything with a genuinely moving love story, and you have some idea of the humour, originality and poignancy of Matt Haig's latest novel. Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book even begins. As it turns out, though, he wasn't a very nice man'as the alien imposter who now occupies his body discovers. Sent to Earth to destroy evidence that Andrew had solved a major mathematical problem, the alien soon finds himself learning more about the professor, his family and "the humans" than he ever expected. When he begins to fall for his own wife and son'who have no idea he's not the real Andrew'he must choose between completing his mission and returning home, or finding a new home, right here on Earth. Praise for The Humans "A brilliant exploration of what it is to love, and to be human, THE HUMANS is both heartwarming and hilarious, weird, and utterly wonderful. One of the best books I've read in a very long time." 'S. J. Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP "The ever-imaginative Haig has created an extraordinary alien sensibility and, though writing with a serious purpose (the future is at stake), has great good fun with the being's various eyebrow-raising blunders as he struggles to emulate human behavior. Haig strikes exactly the right tone of bemusement, discovery, and wonder in creating what is ultimately a sweet-spirited celebration of humanity and the trials and triumphs of being human. The result is a thought-provoking, compulsively readable delight." 'Booklist."@en
  • ""One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog."--Back cover."@en
  • "Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there's more to the human race than he suspected."
  • "After an 'incident' one wet Friday night where he is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, Professor Andrew Martin is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confuse him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, exept Newton, and he's a dog. Who is he really? And what could make someone change their mind about the human race...?"
  • "In einer regnerischen Freitagnacht wird Andrew Martin, Professor für Mathematik in Cambridge, aufgegriffen, als er nackt eine Autobahn entlangwandert. Professor Martin ist nicht mehr er selbst. Ein Wesen mit überlegener Intelligenz und von einem weit entfernten Stern hat von ihm Besitz ergriffen. Dieser neue Andrew ist nicht begeistert von seiner neuen Existenz. Er hat eine denkbar negative Meinung von den Menschen. Jeder weiss schliesslich, dass sie zu Egoismus, übermässigem Ehrgeiz und Gewalttätigkeit neigen. Doch andererseits: Kann eine Lebensform, die Dinge wie Weisswein und Erdnussbutter erfunden hat, wirklich grundschlecht und böse sein? Und was sind das für seltsame Gefühle, die ihn überkommen, wenn er Debussy hört oder Isobel, der Frau des Professors, in die Augen blickt? Matt Haig, geboren 1975 in Sheffield, hat bereits einige Romane und Kinderbücher veröffentlicht, die mit verschiedenen literarischen Preisen ausgezeichnet und in über zwanzig Sprachen übersetzt wurden. Er lebt in York und London."
  • ""It's hardest to belong when you're closest to home...One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog. Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder? Can the species which invented cheap white wine and peanut butter sandwiches be all that bad? And what is the warm feeling he gets when he looks into his wife's eyes?"--Publisher's description."@en
  • ""Un húmedo viernes por la noche el profesor Andrew Martin de la Universidad de Cambridge resuelve uno de los más grandes enigmas matemáticos de todos los tiempos: el secreto de los números primos, la clave que dará respuesta a los misterios del universo y garantizará el fin de la enfermedad y la muerte. Y entonces desaparece. Cuando finalmente lo encuentran, desnudo y desorientado en medio de una transitada carretera, el profesor Martin parece diferente. Además de la ausencia de ropa, parece que ahora encuentra el día a día un sinsentido. Su cariñosa mujer y su hijo le parecen repulsivos como, en realidad, todo el mundo sobre la faz de la Tierra. Se trata de una fea especie; sus costumbres, incomprensibles; su alimentación insípida; su necesidad de contacto, aprobación y afecto, patéticos; sus secretos y mentiras, su sonrisa y sus lágrimas, un galimatías. Lo que no sabe este profesor Martin de otro planeta es que podría ser que un poco de Debussy y Emily Dickinson le disuadieran de cometer un asesinato. Y qué es ese sentimiento extraño y cálido que le invade cada vez que mira a su esposa a los ojos forma parte de la humanidad que se le escapa. Y es que, ser humano resulta contagioso..."--B&N."
  • "Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there is more to the human race than he suspected."@en
  • "When an extraterrestrial arrives on Earth, his first impressions of humans are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete his task and hurry back to his own utopian planet. Disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, he is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to reconsider."

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  • "Large print books"@en
  • "Cuentos humorísticos"
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  • "Ciencia-ficción"
  • "Fiction"@en
  • "Fiction"
  • "Erzählende Literatur: Gegenwartsliteratur ab 1945"
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  • "Humorous fiction"@en
  • "Humorous fiction"
  • "Science fiction"@en
  • "Science fiction"

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  • "The Humans : [a novel]"@en
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  • "The humans"
  • "The Humans"
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  • "The humans : a Novel"
  • "Ich und die Menschen Roman"
  • "The humans : a novel"@en
  • "The humans : a novel"
  • "Ich und die Menschen"
  • "Ich und die Menschen : Roman"
  • "Gli umani"@it
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