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Miller sets the book in the eighteenth century and begins with a graphic autopsy of the main character. Here he recreates the philosophical and scientific attitudes of the period, attitudes which are alien to our own, and which he will explore as a subtext throughout the book. He summarizes the life of the main character--which he spends the rest of the book recounting--in the first chapter, eliminating any climactic excitement he might have created. His main character is a man with the inability to feel pain, someone with whom the reader cannot possibly identify, and his adventures are weirdly melodramatic, so unusual the reader's interest lies primarily in their curiosity.
Yet the book "works," and very often thrills. Somehow he does manage to make the reader care about James Dyer and his fate, and he does create excitement in a plot which skips from small town England to the court of Russia. Miller's masterful and controlled use of description is a primary factor in his ability to further the action of this unusual story and bring the characters and the period alive. This reader was awestruck by Miller's creative daring--and by his success. Mary Whipple
I've lost count of the number of people I've recommended this to, and most of them still thank me for it ;-) Allow yourselves a treat, I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
From his birth young James is 'different', he enjoys an aura of strangeness and endures the trial and tribulations of an innocent looking for answers! To say more would possibly spoil the book for others.
James' adventures continue with strange companions across lands and territories which try their fortitude but his encounter with Mary is either James's salvation or curse - that's for the reader to decide.
Of the many characters in 'Ingenious Pain' the most loyal and supportive is the Reverend Lestrade.
Andrew Miller writes fluidly, a real page turner, and with depth and understanding of his characters. Although some incidents were 'out of a magician's hat' I thoroughly enjoyed the pace and unexpected turns this novel took.
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