The Alchemist's Daughter
During the English Age of Reason, a woman cloistered since birth learns that knowledge is no substitute for experience.Raised by her father in near isolation in the English countryside, Emilie Selden is trained as a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist. In the spring of 1725, father and... show more
During the English Age of Reason, a woman cloistered since birth learns that knowledge is no substitute for experience.Raised by her father in near isolation in the English countryside, Emilie Selden is trained as a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist. In the spring of 1725, father and daughter embark upon their most daring alchemical experiment to date—attempting to breathe life into dead matter. But when Emilie—against her father’s wishes—experiences the passion of first love, she is banished to London, where she soon discovers she knows nothing about human nature—or her own family’s complicated past. So begins her shocking journey to enlightenment. Also available as a Random House Large Print edition and as an eBook
Publish date: October 24th 2006
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, 18th Century
Mogło być wspaniale, niestety tak nie było. Postępowanie głównej bohaterki strasznie działało mi na nerwy. Chociaż, jakby popatrzeć na to przez pryzmat tego, że cały czas siedziała w rezydencji ze swoim "ojcem", który uczył ją alchemii, jestem w stanie zrozumieć jej czyny. Jeżeli zaś chodzi o resztę...
"Ale zamiast tego wpatrywałam się w płomień świecy, płynny i ruchliwy niczym woda, lecz lżejszy od powietrza, w kształcie języczka, brązowego u podstawy, szarego i chłodnego na środku, w potem jaskrawożółtego, wyciągniętego w górę do najwyższego punktu, jakby opierał się sile grawitacji. Płomień, je...
I liked this story, it was a fast read, but somehow it missed being something special. It's the story of Emilie Seldon, who was raised during the time of Isaac Newton in the spirit of scientific inquiry, and, despite her sex, to be a natural philosopher--a scientist. But her father forgot to include...
I liked it...but I didn't LIKE it, like it. The characters were a bit to one dimensional to be really engaging, and the plot a bit predictable. That said, the way the author weaves the alchemy into both the surface story -- Emilie's activities, and into the psychological story -- Emilie's developmen...
The Alchemist's Daughter (by Katherine McMahon) is set in early eighteenth century, where Emilie Selden is an apprentice of her father John, a natural philosopher and alchemist. She herself is an experiment of his, her learning process, with all her successes and failures being documented in a noteb...