Salamander

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McClelland & Stewart, 2002 - Books and reading - 384 pages
14 Reviews
Spellbinding, original, "Salamander" careens through a world of ideas and stories in which the transforming power of books, the thirst for knowledge, and the pursuit of immortality become erotic. It is also a universal story of love and obsession. Set in the eighteenth century, the narrative revolves around a world-spanning quest for the infinite book. Along the way the novel gathers stories that range from a Chinese tale of jealousy and lost love to the remarkable history of Alexandria's "other "great library and to epoch-making moments on the battlefields of colonial America. At the centre of the novel's unforgettable cast of characters is the London printer Nicholas Flood, a dedicated craftsman who is unprepared for all that awaits him when he accepts an unusual commission. Intricate, humane, infused with humour and pathos, "Salamander" is an exhilarating, elegantly crafted novel.

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User Review  - Charlene Boyce - Goodreads

I understand people's disappointment when the book changes direction, but I thoroughly enjoyed the settings, the characters and of course the stories, which opened inward like a long set of ... Read full review

Review: Salamander

User Review  - Goodreads

I understand people's disappointment when the book changes direction, but I thoroughly enjoyed the settings, the characters and of course the stories, which opened inward like a long set of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
15
Section 4
22
Section 5
52
Section 6
66
Section 7
76
Section 8
82
Section 16
175
Section 17
186
Section 18
204
Section 19
220
Section 20
221
Section 21
264
Section 22
266
Section 23
271

Section 9
100
Section 10
105
Section 11
113
Section 12
117
Section 13
139
Section 14
153
Section 15
157
Section 24
275
Section 25
280
Section 26
286
Section 27
363
Section 28
371
Section 29
373
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Thomas Wharton was born in northern Alberta. His acclaimed first novel, Icefields (1995), won the regional Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Caribbean and Canada), the Writers Guild of Alberta Best First Book Award, and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize. Salamander (2001) was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Governor Generalís Award. His work has been anthologized in Canada and the US.

Wharton lives in Edmonton with his wife, Sharon, and their three children. He is at work on his next novel.


From the Hardcover edition.

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