A case of curiosities

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992 - Fiction - 358 pages
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A young inventor in preindustrial Europe constructs his greatest device, a masterpiece that proves to be his downfall, leading to an execution as tragic as that of Marie Antoinette and one that is much more bizarre. Filled with erotic watches, stuffed birds, imaginary beasts and real decapitations, this story of a remarkable invention ultimately yields the invention of a remarkable story.

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User Review  - skraft001 - LibraryThing

A very different writing style that was at times pulled off well and others found to be tedious. The was distraction and digression that complicated the direction. I thought to myself that the book ... Read full review

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User Review  - ljhliesl - LibraryThing

A great read: French history, watch- and gadget-making (and all books are one book: it and the just-read Invention of Hugo Cabret each deal with automata). Pleasantly geeky, with cases of curiosities and commonplace books. The kind of faux literary-historical novel that delights me. Read full review


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