- Audio CD: 7 pages
- Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books; Unabridged Audiobook 7 CDs edition (5 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147120300X
- ISBN-13: 978-1471203008
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 15.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,731,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Chemistry of Tears (unabridged audiobook) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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'Carey is a wily and supremely confident storyteller on a grand scale' --The Times
'A new Peter Carey novel is cause for joy' --Guardian
'Like most of Carey's work, the novel is extraordinarily allusive and joyously inventive' --Daily Telegraph
Following the recent success of Parrot and Olivier in America comes another wonderfully rich tale with historical themes from the twice Booker-winner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Catherine's story is heartbreaking. Unable to publicly grieve the loss of her lover, the curator of the Swinburne Museum (presumably a V&A Museum lookalike) sends her off to a backroom to unpack tea chests containing a special project. As she begins to unpack, she discovers Henry Brandling's notebooks and various mechanical parts that need cleaning and re-assembling - presumably the duck. The restoration is absorbing, described in great detail but always in an accessible way, but the real joy is in the secondary characters. The curator, Eric Croft, is a Delphic figure - he knows about Catherine's affair; he has all sorts of hidden agenda which allows him to drip feed knowledge into conversations. He plays games with people, but gives the impression of being a benign force. Then there is Amanda, a young apprentice conservator set to work alongside Catherine - perhaps to keep an eye on her. There are other great cameos - particularly from Matthew's grown up children who fail to reassure Catherine that she didn't take their father away from them. Catherine is flaky, upset and emotional.Read more ›
The more interesting part of the narrative was indeed Henry making his way to a far-flung corner of present-day Germany to find someone who could build him this mechanical wonder but the present-day narrative just fell flat. I found myself not really caring what was happening to Catherine (the conservator) and her bereavement over her colleague/lover. Too much wallowing in self-pity and drink. Also, I work in a national museum and I can safely say, curators/conservators just wouldn't be so selfish and self-centred when it comes to precious items. Taking anything out of a museum unauthorised, would just not happen so I just didn't believe she could get away with that kind of thing.
Overall, the story, which is the key thing for me, just didn't work. It may be well written and technically brilliant or whatever else Peter Carey is supposed to be but in essence, this book, this narrative - just didn't have that chemistry that makes good storytelling a joy to become immersed in. I have to disagree with Andrew Motion on the back cover when he compares Peter Carey to Charles Dickens. Not in a million years! For me anyway.
I looked forward to reading this so much but have been sadly disappointed. I was tempted by the idea of horology and the narratives being linked across time. However, I found a lot of it completely baffling, unless that was the point??Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In the mid nineteenth century, an Englishman travels to Germany to obtain an automaton for his consumptive son. Read morePublished 10 months ago by GeordieReader
I found this book rather boring, there were parts that held some interest then lapsed back into boredom again. The ending was a little abrupt.Published 11 months ago by tee pee
My personal reaction to the main characters is extremely sympathetic. All are driven by loss of a person they love with the most intense passion. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Iain
There is a certain quality of story telling that comes to the fore when reading books by award-winning writers. 'The Chemistry of Tears' is like this. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Greggorio!
a story within a story......Peter Carey tells the truth about emotions..warts and all.....always find his titles make you want to pick up the book... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by Yvonne Walkinshaw
It's a new multi-layered and complex novel from the two-times Booker winner.
London, 2010. Read more