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Chemical Philosophy: A Novel of Discovery

Apathy is death, and to find passion is to live. However, what of the maddening passions of amorous love and the love of oneself, aspiring toward the zenith of insanity and reckless abandon? Is there a gray area, perhaps foretold of by Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha? Is this abode of peace worth fighting for, and is it attainable? As this topsy-turvy tale of spirituality and discovery unfolds, we follow the lives of people resigned to live in the black and white, and we follow the utter destruction of the ego by heavenly fire—proof enough, perhaps, that to burden oneself with the attachments of the world can indeed lead to antithetical nirvana.

--James Tobin

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