"The book brims with pride. Mr. Giacchetti so obviously loves his characters, that the stories told draw one into the center of a world whose parameters are bounded by the concepts of loyalty and the deepest bonds."
- Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
The Chosen Ones is a warm, touching, thought-provoking, tongue-in-check fable about how science today can affect our lives - but in a positive way. As Aldous Huxley realized in his foreword to his Brave New World, "If I were now to rewrite the book, I would offer the Savage a third possibility...science and technology would be used as though, like the Sabbath, they had been made for man, not (as at present and still more so in the Brave New World) as though man were to be adapted and enslaved to them." And, as he also stated, "a book about the future can interest us only if its prophecies look as though they might come true." This novel hopes to enlarge on that third possibility and submits that the science espoused in this book is not only sound but on the periphery of a major breakthrough that will be of lasting medical benefit for all mankind.
The Chosen Ones also ponders the same question that the philosopher, Nietzsche, posed in 1872: "What does our consuming desire for knowledge signify, if not the loss of myth, of a mythic home, the mythic womb?"
Do we still need gods to make sense of the world around us, now that science has exposed the hand that nature holds? Are human beings the new gods? Though, this novel begs these questions, it never ceases to be a story about family and the kind of friendship that makes family of us all.
John Giacchetti is a poet, essayist, musician, and singer who has been "moonlighting" for the past twenty years as a CPA. He has written a screen adaptation of The Chosen Ones called The Second Time Around. Mr. Giacchetti lives in Weston, Connecticut.
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