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Riassunto: 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.
Review: In Quicksilver, the first volume of the "Baroque Cycle," Neal Stephenson launches his most ambitious work to date. The novel, divided into three books, opens in 1713 with the ageless Enoch Root seeking Daniel Waterhouse on the campus of what passes for MIT in eighteenth-century Massachusetts. Daniel, Enoch's message conveys, is key to resolving an explosive scientific battle of preeminence between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz over the development of calculus. As Daniel returns to London aboard the Minerva, readers are catapulted back half a century to recall his years at Cambridge with young Isaac. Daniel is a perfect historical witness. Privy to Robert Hooke's early drawings of microscope images and with associates among the English nobility, religious radicals, and the Royal Society, he also befriends Samuel Pepys, risks a cup of coffee, and enjoys a lecture on Belgian waffles and cleavage-—all before the year 1700.
In the second book, Stephenson introduces Jack Shaftoe and Eliza. "Half-Cocked" Jack (also know as the "King of the Vagabonds") recovers the English Eliza from a Turkish harem. Fleeing the siege of Vienna, the two journey across Europe driven by Eliza's lust for fame, fortune, and nobility. Gradually, their circle intertwines with that of Daniel in the third book of the novel.
The book courses with Stephenson's scholarship but is rarely bogged down in its historical detail. Stephenson is especially impressive in his ability to represent dialogue over the evolving worldview of seventeenth-century scientists and enliven the most abstruse explanation of theory. Though replete with science, the novel is as much about the complex struggles for political ascendancy and the workings of financial markets. Further, the novel's literary ambitions match its physical size. Stephenson narrates through epistolary chapters, fragments of plays and poems, journal entries, maps, drawings, genealogic tables, and copious contemporary epigrams. But, caught in this richness, the prose is occasionally neglected and wants editing. Further, anticipating a cycle, the book does not provide a satisfying conclusion to its 900 pages. These are minor quibbles, though. Stephenson has matched ambition to execution, and his faithful, durable readers will be both entertained and richly rewarded with a practicum in Baroque science, cypher, culture, and politics. --Patrick O'Kelley
Titolo: QUICKSILVER (BAROQUE CYCLE 1)
Casa editrice: WILLIAM HEINEMANN LTD
Data di pubblicazione: 2003
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro William Morrow & Co, 2003. Condizione libro: Good. First Edition. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP95399971
Descrizione libro William Heinemann Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Acceptable. This book may include some defects such moderate highlighting and notes. Cover and some pages may be creased and show discolouration. Ex-library. However the book is still readable. we ship books from UK within 1 working day. Codice libro della libreria mon0000485098
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Codice libro della libreria GOR002421058
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Codice libro della libreria GOR001603662
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Codice libro della libreria GOR000925080
Descrizione libro William Morrow & Co. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 0434008176 Very Good Condition. Has minor tearing. Five star seller - Buy with confidence!. Codice libro della libreria Z0434008176Z2
Descrizione libro William Heinemann,, London, 2003. Pappband mit Schutzumschlag, 2nd printing,. x/927 Seiten, 24x16 cm (=Gr.-8°), guter Zustand, g. Codice libro della libreria 41706
Descrizione libro MORROW., 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Acceptable. Codice libro della libreria SONG0434008176
Descrizione libro William Heinemann Ltd, London, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition second printing. Book is tight and clean. Boards sharp and clean, couple of pressure marks to upper board, gilt perfect. Feels read. Bumping to head and foot of spine, Light toning to text block edges, common with this tome, near fine. Jacket some minor crimping to top edge. Light handling marks to the gloss. Overall near fine. Please note : this book is very heavy (1450g) all overseas purchasers will be charged additional shipping. Please contact bookseller for exact price. This book is fitted with a non adhesive archival quality book protector to make a quality addition to your collection. Note we do not use stock images, the book pictured is the book described. A great example of this great title. Codice libro della libreria 002255
Descrizione libro William Heinemann, 2003. Paperback. fine TRADE PAPERBACK uncorrected proof copy 1st edition. The stories of Daniel Waterhouse and Enoch Root, the ancestors of his central characters in the previous book, following them from their childhoods in London, to education at Cambridge. Codice libro della libreria FX16.239