Language: English . Brand New Book. In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves -- including one Jack Shaftoe, a.k.a. King of the Vagabonds, a.k.a. Half-Cocked Jack, lately and miraculously cured of the pox -- devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues, rife with battles, chases, hairbreadth escapes, swashbuckling, bloodletting, and danger -- a perilous race for an enormous prize of silver . nay, gold . nay, legendary gold that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.Meanwhile, back in Europe .The exquisite and resourceful Eliza, Countess de la Zeur, master of markets, pawn and confidante of enemy kings, onetime Turkish harem virgin, is stripped of her immense personal fortune by France s most dashing privateer. Penniless and at risk from those who desire either her or her head (or both), she is caught up in a web of international intrigue, even as she desperately seeks the return of her most precious possession -- her child.While .Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rivalry intensifies, stubborn alchemy does battle with the natural sciences, nobles are beheaded, dastardly plots are set in motion, coins are newly minted (or not) in enemy strongholds, father and sons reunite in faraway lands, priests rise from the dead . and Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the madness into which his world has descended. N° de réf. du libraire
Neal Stephenson continues his extraordinary Baroque Cycle in this sequel to his bestselling Quicksilver, bringing to life a cast of unforgettable characters in a time of breathtaking genius and discovery.
It is the late 1600s, on the high seas. A group of Barbary galley slaves plot as they ply the oars of a pirate ship, hatching a daring scheme to find an enormous cache of Spanish gold. Amazingly, they succeed - leaving some very unhappy men behind who vow to hunt down the vagabonds and bring them to justice, no matter the cost.
Meanwhile, back in France, the beautiful Eliza - toast of Versailles and spy extraordinaire - attempts to return to London with her baby, a child whose paternity is shrouded in mystery. Making her way home, her ship is stopped by a French privateer and she is returned to the Sun King's court. Thrown back into a web of international intrigue, Eliza must contend with all manner of characters, including buccaneers, poisoners, Jesuits, financial manipulators, and even a stray cryptographer or two...
"Ideas about currency and calculus become thrilling because of the way Stephenson incorporates them into his story... Huge in scope - rich in detail... This weird, wonderful collision of scholarship and storytelling has no peer" ( Time Out)
"A rip-roaring, swashbuckling Romance with a capital R ... A blood-soaked, silver-plated depiction of 17th-century life from both ends of the economic scale, and with enough headlong, balls-to-the-wall buccaneering and Machiavellian plotting to satiate the most jaded of palates" ( Ink)
"Stephenson excels in marrying geekspeak wtih riotous action. When he describes a battle or a duel, his prose acquires thrilling panache... Jack Shaftoe is magnificent, a swashbuckling hero with a foul mouth and few morals, and his adventures are most appealing" ( Guardian)
"The definitive historical-sci-fi-epic-pirate-comedy-punk-love story. No easy feat, that" ( Entertainment Weekly)
Titre : The Confusion Ltd (Hardback)
Éditeur : HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Date d'édition : 2005
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Limited.
Description du livre Harper Collins Publishers. État : New. Brand New. N° de réf. du libraire 0060599340
Description du livre William Morrow & Co, 2005. Hardcover. État : Brand New. limited edition. 816 pages. 12.60x7.90x2.90 inches. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire zk0060599340
Description du livre William Morrow 2005-02-01, 2005. Hardcover. État : Fair. Limited. 0060599340 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. N° de réf. du libraire POTM-0060599340
Description du livre William Morrow. Hardcover. État : VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. N° de réf. du libraire 2721179014
Description du livre William Morrow 2005-02-01, 2005. Hardcover. État : good. Limited. 0060599340. N° de réf. du libraire 581644
Description du livre William Morrow (in conjunction with Hill House Publishers) ., New York, 2004. Octavo, cloth. First limited edition. One of 1000 numbered copies signed by Stephenson. The second volume in "The Baroque Cycle." "Although couched as historical novels, spanning the emergence of the Enlightenment in Western thought, the books do have fantastical elements. Their central burden seems at first to be a minutely detailed exposition of how a particular strand of thought -- the scientific world-view -- came to understand and manipulate the world. In that sense, they are about the birth of the world of Cryptonomicon. One character, the possibly Immortal Enoch Root -- who may be a secret master tasked with monitoring the creation of modernity -- appears in both works; the Cycle also features ancestors of Cryptonomicon characters; John Wilkins plays a significant part, and his pioneering book on cryptography is here retitled Cryptonomicon. But these hints that an inner history of the world is unfolding do not survive long into the vastly detailed depiction of eighteenth-century life and thought, where the story of the awakening of men of science from their long slumber -- Arthur Koestler's THE SLEEPWALKERS: A HISTORY OF MAN'S CHANGING VISION OF THE UNIVERSE (1964) tells a similar story -- is depicted at sometimes alarming length. This exposition may not, however, be the heart of The Baroque Cycle; through the many alarms and excursions of the surface plot, including picaresque pirate adventures and alchemy, the sequence increasingly focuses on a single key to the transformation of the old world into modernity: the scientific and philosophical and mercantile shift from treating the world not in terms of substance but of exchange value: money, as the text makes clear, is no longer gold but currency. The Baroque Cycle surely has no rival in the density of its description of creation of modern capitalism." - John Clute, Graham Sleight and David Langford (SFE online). A fine copy in cloth slipcase without dust jacket as issued. (#155481). N° de réf. du libraire 155481
Description du livre William Morrow, New York, 2005. Hard Cover. État : As New. Etat de la jaquette : As New. Limited. Oversize slipcased, signed and numbered edition. Signed by Author. N° de réf. du libraire 010554
Description du livre William Morrow, 2005. Hardcover. État : Very Good. N° de réf. du libraire P020060599340
Description du livre William Morrow 2005-02-01, 2005. Hardcover. État : New. Limited. 0060599340 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. N° de réf. du libraire TM-0060599340
Description du livre William Morrow, 2005. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110060599340