By Allen Kurzweil
In France, at the eve of the Revolution, a tender guy named Claude web page units out to turn into the main creative and bold inventor of his time. during a occupation full of violence and fervour, Claude learns the humanities of enameling and watchmaking from an irascible, defrocked abbé, apprentices himself to a pornographic bookseller, and applies his erotic erudition to the seduction of the spouse of an impotent wigmaker. however it is Claude's maximum device-a conversing mechanical head-that either crowns his occupation and results in an execution as tragic as that of Marie Antoinette, and much extra bizarre.
Hailed via critics for the shimmering brilliance of its innovations and its uncanny constancy to the textures of the earlier, A Case of Curiosities areas Allen Kurzweil securely within the ranks of the best literary artists of our time.
The innovative tale spun the following by way of first novelist Kurzweil is in itself a curious melange: a portrait of a tender mechanical genius, a gallimaufry of wierd and exciting proof, and a wealthy, lusty photo of past due 18th-century French society. A kindly, heretical abbe acknowledges state lad Claude Page's ability for drawing. less than his mentor's tutelege, Claude discovers capacities for clinical inquiry, watchmaking and portray erotic scenes in miniature. yet his genius is denied expression whilst he rapidly runs away to Paris and apprentices to a loathsome bookseller and broker in pornography. The occasions that result in the blossoming of Claude's abilities are comparable via Kurzweil in leisurely prose lively by means of irony, humor and aphoristic asides. Nuggets of arcane wisdom are well interpolated into the tale, and there are whimsical evidence, too; we study, for instance, that kurzweil skill "pastime" in German. the writer is so much profitable, in spite of the fact that, in making a gallery of memorable, Dickensian characters. The bawdy population of Paris's fetid slums are depicted with affection, unlike the hypocritical, pretentious individuals of the higher category, who're unaware that the Revolution lurks round the nook. although Claude's so much terrific invention, the "Talking Turk," falls sufferer to that cataclysm, he leaves to posterity a "case of curiosities": a development known as a momentum hominum , "the chronicle of a existence. " during this diverting novel, his inventor does an identical. BOMC and QPB choices; significant ad/promo.
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The narrator buys a field of randomly assembled gadgets at a Paris public sale. it's a lifestyles field, the souvenir hominem of Claude web page, a very proficient 18th-century French clockmaker with a keenness for the mechanical and a superb zest for all times. As a tender guy, he's taken in through a God-hating abbe who employs him to color naughty scenes, with relocating components, at the faces of watches and clocks. "The tree of data is there for us to climb," counsels his mentor. "Climb it. forget about the fences. Swing from department to department . . . . You, Claude, are a discoverer." In Paris, later, Claude struggles to build a wonderful speaking automaton, with which he hopes to earn his fortune. yet fortune has a unique plan for Claude. The eccentrics and bohemians who contact Claude's existence are all and sundry grotesques of compelling curiosity and comedian strength. Kurzweil tells a true tale; it truly is humorous, human, and fascinating unexpectedly. hugely suggested for basic collections. BOMC and caliber Paperback decisions; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/91.
- David Keymer, SUNY Inst. of know-how, Utica
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