Quicksilver: Volume One of the Baroque Cycle

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9780060593087: Quicksilver: Volume One of the Baroque Cycle

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Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox.

And it is the tale of Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of finance.

A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life, Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time.

And it's just the beginning ...

Revue de presse :

“Genius . . . You’ll wish it were longer.” (Time magazine)

“[QUICKSILVER] explores the philosophical concerns of today . . . through thrillingly clever, suspenseful and amusing plot twists.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Sprawling, irreverent, and ultimately profound.” (Newsweek)

“A sprawling, engrossing tale.” (Seattle Times)

“Stephenson’s new machine is a wonderment to behold. A-” (Entertainment Weekly)

“An astonishing achievement.” (Sunday Telegraph)

“[QUICKSILVER] is a rare thing: a 1,000-page book that you don’t want to end. (San Antonio Express-News)

“[O]ften brilliant and occassionally astonishing ...[QUICKSILVER] has wit, ambition and ... moments of real genius.” (Book World)

“[A]n awe-inspiring book, stuffed with heart-stopping action scenes ... and a treasure trove of forgotten historical lore.” (Book)

“Dense, witty, erudite ... and gripping ... a far more impressive literary endeavor than most so-called “serious” fiction.” (Independent)

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Description du livre État : New. Publisher/Verlag: HarperCollins US | The New York Times bestselling first installment in Neal Stephenson s grand new multi-volume epic, The Baroque Cycle. | Daniel Waterhouse is a brilliant thinker, yet knows that his genius is dwarfed by that of his friends Isaac Newton, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and Robert Hooke. An adherent to "pure" science, he rejects the arcane tradition of alchemy, even as it gives birth to new ways of understanding the world . Jack Shaftoe began his life as a London street urchin and is now a reckless adventurer in search of great fortune. The exploits of Half-Cocked Jack, King of the Vagabonds, are quickly becoming legendary throughout Europe . Eliza is a young woman whose ingenuity keeps her alive after being set adrift from the Turkish harem in which she was imprisoned as a child. Her great beauty, bravery, and intelligence will take her all the way to the inner sancta of Europe s royal courts . Set against the backdrop of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Quicksilver plays out during a singular nexus point in history, when humanity was transformed as rationality triumphed over mysticism, monarchy was overthrown, markets become free, and religious tolerance gained ground over harsh oppression. It is, simply, a masterpiece, and establishes Neal Stephenson as one of the preeminent talents of our -- or any -- age. | Format: Paperback | Language/Sprache: english | 787 gr | 960 pp. N° de réf. du libraire K9780060593087

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