The Curiosity Hardcover – 18 Jul 2013
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'A true page-turner, mixing cutting edge science with an all-too-human love story, while simultaneously taking on the Big Questions . . . I'm green with envy at this writer's bold imagination. It's one of the most assured debuts in years, a book that will stop your heard and start it again' (Justin Cronin, author of The Passage)
'I absolutely loved The Curiosity. It's thought-provoking, powerful and the writing is breathtakingly beautiful. And that ending? Poignant, luminescent, and absolutely perfect' (Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Double Bind)
A smart, heady and irresistible science thriller... Kiernan gets every element right in this breakneck, entertaining and thought-provoking tale about time, mortality, the ethics of science and the meaning of life (Booklist starred review)
Stephen Kiernan's debut does plenty right (SFX)
A thought-provoking love story (Glamour)
I couldn't stop reading this wacky, dazzling flight of imagination (Saga Magazine)
'I'm green with envy at this writer's bold imagination . . . it's one of the most assured debuts in years' Justin Cronin, author of The PassageSee all Product Description
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The novel is told from several view points, that of Erastus Carthage, the lead scientist, Dr Kate Philo, a journalist attached to the group, Daniel Dixon and the discovered man, a former judge name Jeremiah Rice who died at sea a hundred years ago . How long can he survive? Calculations suggest maybe 90 days. How will Jeremiah cope having to die again? What of the obvious public and media attention all this brings....most of it unwelcome? What of the religious fundamentalists who name him as blasphemy?
Stephen Kiernan has found the balance between the excitement and the morality of this experiment. He captured the bewilderment of man awoken so many years after his death. Jeremiah had a loving wife and treasured daughter and still pines for them. For him, they are still alive, waiting for him to return home. He has to come to terms with this fact and with how the world has changed so dramatically over a century later.
I loved the novel, set in Boston, and the choice of title is a great one. Jeremiah is "The Curiosity," but it is also the curiousity of Carthage that governs everything he is trying to achieve. A thoughtful and inspiring read, surely a movie must follow?
When reading I did wonder how it was going to end (happy ever after would bring the book down but will it be horribly depressing?) and was pleasantly surprised - won't say more for fear of spoilers!
The technical stuff just made me want to skim read but I had hoped the romance might pull me back in. Sadly, it didn't. It was sweet between Kate and Jeremiah but not enough to turn things around.
If you're considering this I'd say to definitely give it a go, everyone else seems to really like it. I'm just sorry I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd expected too.
The thing that struck me first on reading this book is that the blurb on the back cover talks about being reawakened a century after your death. What would you do? Who would you trust? The reason this struck me is that for nearly half of the book, we don't get to hear from the perspective of the reawakened person at all. To me, this book is much more about the story of the reawakened man, not so much from his perspective, but from the perspective of those around him - we learn more about them by their reactions to and with him. The story is broken into separate first person narratives - of scientist Dr Kate Philo, journalist Daniel Dixon, Project Director Erastus Carthage (as ghastly a person as you'd ever be likely to not want to meet), and from some way in the book, the narrative of Jeremiah Rice, the reawakened man himself.
I absolutely loved this book; I felt that the split narrative was an entirely appropriate way to read this story, where so much depends on the emotional, religious, legal, moral and ethical viewpoints of those working on the Project which found and reawakened Jeremiah; so it's absolutely right that we hear from the innermost thoughts of those most involved, and their reactions not only to Jeremiah but to each other, and others working on the Project. The different narratives, with their different voices were written perfectly for each person; you were never in doubt that the narrative had shifted, and whose voice you were hearing; the author is to be commended on being so successful in this.Read more ›
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