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ι ποιο ήταν το τελικό αποτέλεσμα που βρίσκεται τώρα κομματιασμένο στο εργαστήρι της Κάθριν;Μια ελεγεία για τον έρωτα και την απώλεια Η Χημεία των Δακρύων είναι ένα μυθιστόρημα που καταφέρνει να συναρπάζει και να συγκινεί την ίδια στιγμή μια ιστορία που μόνο η μεγαλοφυΐα του Πίτερ Κάρεϊ θα μπορούσε να αφηγηθεί με τέτοια ζωντάνια ισορροπώντας δεξιοτεχνικά ανάμεσα στη μαγεία την επιστήμη την παράνοια τη ματαίωση και τον έρωτ The Chemistry of Tears is the story of an horologist Catherine Gehrig who works in a small London museum Her lover Matthew one of the museum other curators has just died suddenly and she is distraught To take her mind off her grief her boss gives her a new job to restore a mysterious automaton which may or may not be a replica of Vaucanson's Duck It arrives in her studio in eight gigantic tea chests and amongst the myriad of broken parts she finds the diaries of its former owner a Victorian Lord named Henry Brandling Henry Brandlings son is dying of consumption and he has promised to build the boy an automaton So he sets out on a journey to the Black Forests of Germany in pursuit of this goal As the story goes on the repair of the automaton and also its creation run in tandem and reading about the people who made the creature Catherine begins to feel and connected with themI listened to this as an audiobook and the performances of the two actors as the two narrators was very good The worst thing I can say about this book is that I don't particularly like the title The Chemistry of Tears I can see how it subtly relates to the content and it is explained in the book but it also reminded me of this fun article in the Guardian about how book titles in literary fiction are somewhat interchangeable Carey has a beautiful turn of phrase and all the characters especially the German clockmaker and his son are brilliantly drawn The story itself is a little slight and I wanted things to develop with a few exciting sub plots and of an ending but really it is not that kind of book Despite its fairy tale feel it stays in the realms of literary fiction and doesn't stray at all into fantasy and in the end it is an engaging book about grief and loss and how making art is an attempt to somehow capture life

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The Chemistry of TearsΌταν ο εραστής της πεθαίνει ξαφνικά η Κάθριν δεν έχει πια τίποτε άλλο πέρα απ’ τη δουλειά της Επειδή όμως είχε κρατήσει την ερωτική της σχέση μυστική από τους συναδέλφους της στο Μουσείο Σουίνμπερν του Λονδίνου τώρα αισθάνεται ότι δεν μπορεί να μοιραστεί με κανέναν το πένθος της Τα πράγματα δεν είναι ακριβώς έτσιΟ επικεφαλής του τμήματος αναθέτει στην Κάθριν μια πολύ ιδιαίτερη εργασία ένα κουτί το οποίο περιέχει μέρη ενός A hardback I don't normally do hardbacks but this was a birthday present to myselfHardbacks do feel nice though don't they? It's a pity the appearance of this one is spoilt by a really sappy cover picture that makes it look like a Tasteful Ladies' Romance Which it is not Needless to say I wish they'd used one of the perfectly splendiferous false illustrations of Vaucanson's DuckOr this spiffy DraisAlso needless to say it's bleeding brilliant it is Peter Carey after all Well OK he can turn in the occasional turkey but this is a true swan just as in the novel the ugly duckling turns out to be a beautiful swan He's done that trick again of taking the historical and weaving it into the present in a way that illuminates both This time it takes the form of a set of notebooks from 1854 that are found along with the various component parts of an automaton that Catherine a horologist at London's Swinburne Museum is to catalogue and reconstruct a task given to her as a form of grief management Carey points to the wonder of machines how they can be the purest expression of all that is noble in the human mind; creativity and an ambitious desire to overcome our shortcomings how they can comfort in their regularity and predictability and yet at the same time they can be the portent of our demise as illustrated by webcam images of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that pump through the pages This idea of creating a facsimile of life that is so central to the whole story can also be seen as a metaphor for the process of writing a novel so there's another level along with the uestion of reading of owning a text as we see Catherine reading Brandling's journal indeed stealing it to do so and being consumed by jealousy when she thinks that her assistant has had privileged access to what she felt was hers and hers alone Who gets hold of the story and how that affects the truthAnd another thing that Carey does so well is that delicious wry humour This is not nearly as exuberant as Parrot and Olivier in America it has to be sombre as Catherine is in the most devastating form of grief She has lost her married lover suddenly and without even knowing at first how and where it happened There is no comfort for her no sympathetic hugs or process of leave taking at the funeral And yet she is than a little ridiculous in her distraction and bears than a passing resemblance to the hapless Brandling hilariously and pompously at sea in a culture and language that he does not understand Indeed nearly every one of the characters is skeetering close to the edge of madness toes on the edge of the abyss Laughable and tragic both And what is it that differentiates us from machines? Our bodies also function like a mechanical system producing digestive juices and tears that contain hormones that reduce stress and act as a painkiller That concentration on the illusion of life the life like uality of the mechanical swan's movement brings into sharp focus where the difference lies The skin is the largest sensory organ of the body It contains than four million receptors It is our skin that lets us feel the gentle blowing of air our lover caressing our body Our skin experiences our reading too or at least it did in my case covering me in goose bumps as I read Oh yes me too Mr Carey me too And now that I've read and reviewed and dusted this can go and join all the other Careys At which point I see why I normally don't do hardbacks They are too big to slot into the Billys that I have fitted out with extra shelves Dang

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FREE EPUB õ MOBI The Chemistry of Tears î è PETER CAREY ✓ Όταν ο εραστής της πεθαίνει ξαφνικά η Κάθριν δεν έχει πια τίποτε άλλο πέρα απ’ τη δουλειά της Επειδή όμως είχε κρατήσει την ερωτική τωρολογιακού μηχανισμού πιθανότατα τα απομεινάρια ενός αυτομάτου του 19ου αιώνα και συγκεκριμένα ενός πανέμορφου μηχανικού πτηνούΌταν η Κάθριν ανακαλύπτει ότι το κουτί περιέχει και το ημερολόγιο του ανθρώπου που είχε χρηματοδοτήσει την κατασκευή του μηχανισμού παραδίνεται σε ένα γαϊτανάκι από έμμονες ιδέες Ποιος ήταν ο Χένρι Μπράντλινγκ; Ποιος ήταν ο μυστηριώδης οραματιστής ωρολογοποιός στον οποίο ανέθεσε τη δουλειά; Κα Having enjoyed Oscar and Lucinda I approached this book with interest and anticipation only to be really really disappointed To me it was a muddle of ideas a lot of beautiful but meaningless prose and one of the worst endings I have ever read I actually have no idea of what happened in the last few pages and have no inclination to go back and try to work it out Carey is certainly an excellent writer but this particular book missed the point for me