Personally, I really enjoy Cantor’s Dilemma by Carl Djerassi,  but I can see why it may not be a favorite of some. The story hinges on your interest in the characters and the moral dilemmas of science. If you are looking for a plot driven novel, this is not a good selection. Other than a minor twist, the plot is fairly predictable.

The characters, however, are complex and engaging. The discussions on their motives for decisions are fascinating. I was particularly interested in Celly, Jean, and Leah’s conversations about being a woman in academia.

It is interesting to see how human nature, greed, and pride factor into the “search for truth.” Driven by the Nobel Prize, greed and pressure begin to cause even the best to falter. I found these moral dilemmas compelling and enjoyed contemplating them.

I recommend English Breakfast Tea with Cantor’s Dilemma by Carl Djerassi, a straightforward drink for a straightforward novel. If you decide to read this novel, take the time to consider the motives, arguements, and ethics. These dilemmas are what make this worth reading.


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