Chemistry of Tears

Author:   Fellow and Tutor in Modern History Peter Carey (Trinity College, Oxford Trinity College, University of Oxford Trinity College, Oxford Trinity College, University of Oxford)
Publisher:   Faber & Faber
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9781322365992


Publication Date:   01 January 2012
Format:   Electronic book text
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An automaton, a man and a woman who can never meet, a secret love story, and the fate of the warming world are all brought to incandescent life in this hauntingly moving novel from one of the finest writers of our time. London 2011, Catherine Gehrig, conservator at the Swinburne museum, learns of the unexpected death of her colleague and lover of thirteen years. As the mistress of a married man she has to grieve in private. One other person knows their secret, the director of the museum, who arranges for Catherine to be given a special project away from prying eyes. Mad with grief, the usually controlled and rational Catherine discovers a series of handwritten notebooks telling the story of the man who originally commissioned the extraordinary and eerie automata she has been asked to bring back to life. With a precocious new assistant, Amanda, at her side, she starts to piece together both the clockwork puzzle and the story of the mechanical creature which was commissioned in 19th century Germany by an English man, Henry Brandling, as a 'magical amusement' for his consumptive son. Having been asked to leave his home by his wife, Henry turns his hurtful departure into an adventure that he records for his young child. But it is Catherine Gehrig, in a strangely stormy and overheated London nearly two hundred years later, who will find comfort and wonder in reading Henry's story. And it is the automata, in its beautiful, uncanny imitation of life, that will link two strangers confronted with the mysteries of life and death, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention and the body's astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.

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Author:   Fellow and Tutor in Modern History Peter Carey (Trinity College, Oxford Trinity College, University of Oxford Trinity College, Oxford Trinity College, University of Oxford)
Publisher:   Faber & Faber
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
ISBN:  

9781322365992


ISBN 10:   1322365997
Publication Date:   01 January 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Electronic book text
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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