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The Chemistry of Tears - Peter Carey
The Chemistry of Tears
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An automaton, a man and a woman who can never meet, two stories of love—all are brought to incandescent life in this hauntingly moving novel from one of the finest writers of our time. London 2010: Catherine Gehrig, conservator at the Swinburne museum, learns of the sudden death of her colleague... show more
An automaton, a man and a woman who can never meet, two stories of love—all are brought to incandescent life in this hauntingly moving novel from one of the finest writers of our time. London 2010: Catherine Gehrig, conservator at the Swinburne museum, learns of the sudden death of her colleague and lover of thirteen years. As the mistress of a married man, she must struggle to keep the depth of her anguish to herself. The one other person who knows Catherine’s secret—her boss—arranges for her to be given a special project away from prying eyes in the museum’s Annexe. Usually controlled and rational, but now mad with grief, Catherine reluctantly unpacks an extraordinary, eerie automaton that she has been charged with bringing back to life. As she begins to piece together the clockwork puzzle, she also uncovers a series of notebooks written by the mechanical creature’s original owner: a nineteenth-century Englishman, Henry Brandling, who traveled to Germany to commission it as a magical amusement for his consumptive son. But it is Catherine, nearly two hundred years later, who will find comfort and wonder in Henry’s story. And it is the automaton, in its beautiful, uncanny imitation of life, that will link two strangers confronted with the mysteries of creation, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention, and the body’s astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307592712 (0307592715)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 232
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
2.5 The Chemistry of Tears
bookshelves: spring-2014 Read from March 11 to 30, 2014 description: When Catherine Gehrig, a museum conservator in London, falls into grief after her lover's sudden death, her boss gives her a special project. She will bring back to 'life' a nineteenth-century mechanical bird. As she begins to p...
daisyq
daisyq rated it
This was fascinating. I loved the chapters from Catherine's perspective: the operation of the museum and the restoration process, how she deals with grief that largely stays hidden, her relationships with her colleagues, and the way it is so firmly anchored in time.The Henry chapters started out gre...
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3.0 The Chemistry of Tears
I loved the premise of this. And I did enjoy reading it, but sometimes there was a disconnect and I found myself having to go back because I felt like I'd missed something. I wanted to know more at the ending, like I wanted an absolute answer to the "mystery". I know why it wasn't spelled out, but ...
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