Quicksilver

Volume One of The Baroque Cycle (Baroque Cycle, Volume 1)

Paperback, 926 pages

English language

Published Aug. 13, 2004 by Arrow Books.

ISBN:
9780099410683
OCLC Number:
812501845

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4 stars (14 reviews)

A novel of history, adventure, science, invention, sex, absurdity, piracy, madness, death and alchemy that sweeps across continents and decades, upending kings, armies, religious beliefs and all expectations. Bringing a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life โ€“ in an historical epic populated by Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton, William of Orange, Benjamin Franklin and King Louis XIV โ€“ Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most remarkable and original writers of our time. --back cover

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4 stars

Sparked a strong historical curiosity - not something I come by naturally, but was unable to resist in the face of witch trials, pirate battles, all manner of landmark experiments, political sabotage, black plague, fire bombings, etc. It's obvious now that I'm a total sucker and will be lucky to emerge with any sense of separation of fact and fiction.

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4 stars

Quicksilver is a book I've been reading for quite some time - according to Goodreads, I started this book on April 29, 2009! I'm not sure why it took so long. I guess it is pretty dense and it is a very big book (about 1,000 pages), but I really loved every minute of it. What a wonderful cast of characters, great writing and some exciting scenes. Hard to really describe in a nutshell. A very meandering book, written in many different styles. One chapter could be a mini-play, another chapter written as a letter, yet another a normal 3rd person chapter, it basically tells the story of three people - Daniel Waterhouse, an English intellectual who is a close friend and supporter of Isaac Newton; Jack Shaftoe, a swashbuckling adventurer and "King of the Vagabonds"; and the very pretty and whip smart Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish โ€ฆ

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