Ingenious Pain: A Novel

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Harcourt Brace & Company, 1997 - Fiction - 337 pages
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In 1739 James Dyer is born. He never cries, does not speak until the age of eleven and, strangest of all, cannot feel pain. When smallpox destroys his family, he joins an itinerant quack who uses him to sell bogus medicine. Then a wealthy disciple of Newton discovers James, adds him to his collection of freaks, and parades him before the scientific establishment. With a quick and curious mind, James develops an interest in anatomy; by the age of twenty-one, after serving under a naval doctor at sea, he has established a highly successful medical practice in Bath. A brilliant surgeon James might be, but he is a cold and heartless one. Until, en route to St. Petersburg to inoculate the Empress Catherine against smallpox, he encounters a witchlike woman with natural healing powers who becomes at once his nemesis and savior.

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User Review  - Marie - Goodreads

Very interesting book. I liked the style of it, the magical realism, the allegorical aspects, the characters. Even though James Dyer was not a sympathetic character, I did like how the author depicted ... Read full review

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In 1739 James Dyer is born to an impoverished family in the small English village of Blind Yeo. He never cries, and doesn't even speak for ten years. He quietly observes and forms his view of the ... Read full review


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ANDREW MILLER's first novel, Ingenious Pain, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the International IMPAC Award. He was short-listed for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award for his novel Oxygen. He lives in Brighton, England.

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