The Chemistry of Tears (Vintage International)

The Chemistry of Tears (Vintage International)

Peter Carey

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0307476081

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Chemistry of Tears (Vintage International)

Peter Carey

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0307476081

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A Seattle Times Best Book of 2012

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 piece the automaton together, Catherine also uncovers the diaries of Henry Brandling, who, more than a hundred years prior, had commissioned the bird for his very ill son. Catherine finds resonance and comfort in Henry’s story. But it is the mechanical creature itself, in its uncanny imitation of life, that will link these two people across a century. Through the clockwork bird, Henry and Catherine will confront the mysteries of creation, the power of human invention, and the body’s astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.

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of course. It will be ready in two hours.” Her misunderstanding was clear enough, but I did not wish to argue with her. So rather than further damage her opinion of me, I contracted to pay her for a duck I could not eat. “Now you must walk, Herr Brandling. You must be healthy. You are in Germany, you must exercise. In two hours you will dine again.” I would have interrogated her further, but the major-domo—an awful creature with a limp—chose that moment to begin an argument with the old woman

had devised. Somewhere there must be a reflective plate to fit beneath the rods and this would help produce the general effect of water. Perhaps it would be little Heather’s job to deal with the glass rods, but I really did not wish to talk to little Heather. Nor did I wish to dig deeper into the boxes and find God knows, perhaps the embalmed body of Percy Brandling with its jaw broken so it could appear “at peace.” Heather should be grateful that I would wish to remove all the grease and oil

grandfather,” I said. “But I do understand what I did wrong, Miss Gehrig. I should not have gossiped with my grandfather.” “Mr. Croft pays visits to your grandfather I suppose.” And there it was—some curious fear or sense of honour made her step away. “Oh I don’t know anything about Mr. Croft. Really.” “Amanda! Surely he helped get you this job.” “No!” She was now red, crimson really. “No. My grandfather would never do a thing like that. He despises influence-pedlars.” I didn’t believe

play. He offered tissues once again. I was rather pleased to discover how much blood there was. “Catherine, what on earth do you mean?” “You have been an awful meddler.” I thought, he will make tea now. “Have I, really?” He folded his arms and I saw the Rolex peek from beneath his cuff like a mark of corporate corruption. “I’m sorry you think that, Catherine.” “Amanda is the granddaughter of your friend. Lichfield, yes? Lord.” “That was the photographer, darling. Gerald is actually a

program in creative writing. ALSO BY PETER CAREY Parrot and Olivier in America His Illegal Self Theft Wrong About Japan My Life as a Fake True History of the Kelly Gang Jack Maggs The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith The Big Bazoohley The Tax Inspector Oscar and Lucinda Bliss Illywhacker The Fat Man in History

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