In each of these three books, Singer has focused on one philosophical problem, as well as the period in his life when that problem was central. The first book, as do the others, ends with the restatement of the dominant problem, emphasizing the fact that although he may have learned more about it, Singer has not come any closer to a solution. In the succeeding book, he does not discard the theme of his previous book; instead, he simply subordinates it to his new preoccupation, hoping that new experiences will bring answers for his increasing burden of unsolved riddles. By the third book, then, he is dealing with an accumulation of increasingly complicated uncertainties; indeed, it is clear that in that confusion Singer has reached his definition of life.
The first book, A Little Boy in Search of God, focuses on the relationship between Isaac and his God, whose ways seem unjust, whose world seems to be dominated by cruelty and evil. In the introduction to the book, Singer speaks of himself as a mystic, not a member of a religious group—in other words, as a religious individualist. A mystic will ask hard questions of his God, and from his early childhood Singer has done so. It is appropriate that the first book deals with the search for God, for although other matters are often stressed in the latter two books of this series, there is never a time either in his fiction or in his autobiographical works when Singer is not at least subconsciously...
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