The entire book is written in the authentic Voice — sorry, voice — of the 18th century. After 50 pages, one is swept along by the book's unrelieved energy. Tristan Hart is allowed to develop his interest in anatomy, moving to London as a young man to study under the great Scottish anatomist and physician William Hunter. Cadavers are dissected, cancer is dug out of living flesh, and Tristan's sadistic tendencies are sketched out upon the flesh of Covent Garden prostitutes.
All of which might be a little strong for some tastes, and there is no escaping the fact that this is a vicious, extreme book. But it was a vicious, extreme time; there is great beauty in many of these scenes, and great humanity as well. Wolf skilfully weaves the philosophical questions of John Locke — specifically, what the Mind is and how it conceives of itself — with the coarser and bloodier matters of skin, bone, blood and vein.
Is the body a mere mechanism? Is madness a result of broken workings, or something more metaphysical? This was a time, after all, when old superstitions and new science were held in equilibrium.
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Topics Fiction. Reuse this content. I am so happy that I put this book down when I had picked it up.
This sounds like it was maybe going for the shock factor but it got so caught up in that that it forgot to bring forth some actual meaning? As I read your review, I was doing the same thing you said you did while reading this book, placing extra emphasis on the capitalized words! I think I need a nap now. OMG I was totally reading your review with extra emphasis on the capitalized words.
Thanks for sticking it out for all of the unsuspecting readers. Grit my teeth and bear it is basically how I got through. I love classics, but writing that way just for shits and giggles was not something I was a fan of. Also, a happily ever after for an eighteenth century Patrick Bateman. That pushed the rage button. Oh my god, this sounds awful!
Not the right way. However, that pissed me off, so you get one star, book. Well, this is sooooo disappointing. I am so definitely not going to read this one, so psychotic. And the style of the Capitalized Letters is plain annoying. Every Noun?
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Come on. This books sounds like a living nightmare. No joke, my brain kept briefly pausing at the capitalized nouns. Oh, Lord. I was actually kind of intrigued by this one mainly because of its title. Thanks for that — er — great experience into the writing style of the novel! Thanks for the honest and informative review.
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Definitely steering away from this now. Well then. I have this one on my TBR and I figured it was going to be an extremely dark story but the 12 year old love interest skeeves me out. The other stuff, or most of it, seemed to be hinted at in the synopsis, but this one still sounds disturbing. But the writing style and the capital letters would piss me off, I think.
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Incoherent Renae, back for round two. So basically this review gave me massive lulz. LOVED your wonky capitalization. Maybe that could be the wave of the future with ebooks. I think there were parts that interested me. I was totally doing this while reading your review. Every capitalized word I put emphasis on. Especially at over pages! Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.
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