Jesse Kellerman’s “The Executor”

The Executor has everything that appeals to me in a novel: beautiful language, a gripping plot that keeps you in suspense from start to finish, and a very interesting protagonist, Joseph Geist, a graduate philosophy student. There’s an extraordinary friendship between him and an eighty-year-old woman philosopher. There’s their fascinating discourse that made me think that the author himself majored in philosophy (he didn’t, so more points for him). And there’s this disconcerting idea that we humans sometimes don’t really know what we can be capable of doing—both good and bad—and that demons, dormant in a deep niche of our mind, can actually win. Which is a scary thing.

I hope I haven’t revealed too much, in case you haven’t read the book. I’ll end with a quote that I liked: “Excellence can be achieved only through tolerance of tediousness.” It rings so true, doesn’t it?

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