A Case of Curiosities
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A Case of Curiosities

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In France, on the eve of the Revolution, a young man named Claude Page sets out to become the most ingenious and daring inventor of his time. In the course of a career filled with violence and passion, Claude learns the arts 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 wife of an impotent wigmaker. But it is Claude's greatest device-a talking mechanical head-that both crowns his career and leads to an execution as tragic as that of Marie Antoinette, and far more bizarre. Hailed by critics for the shimmering brilliance of its inventions and its uncanny fidelity to the textures of the past, A Case of Curiosities places Allen Kurzweil securely in the ranks of the finest literary artists of our time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156012898
  • 9780156012898
  • 663,400

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PRAISE FOR" A CASE OF CURIOSITIES"
"What John Fowles did for the 19th century with The French Lieutenant's Woman and Umberto Eco did for the 14th with The Name of the Rose . . . Kurzweil now does for the late 18th century with A Case of Curiosities. [A] captivating novel."-San Francisco Chronicle
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493 ratings
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4 38% (188)
3 30% (147)
2 9% (43)
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