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A Baroque Assortment
on 13 December 2016
Not a book to be embarked on lightly, but you know that if you've finished Quicksilver and, ideally, Cryptonomicon. I can't praise the Baroque Cycle highly enough - it's a sequence that covers just about the whole of human experience - life, love, death, riches and poetry, slavery and majesty. Currency and current, piracy and princes...
Enough - I'm coming across like a trailer for The Princess Bride.
This volume is made up of two parallel novels, fused, or confused, by alternating chapters between the two. One volume follows (mostly) Jack Shaftoe, and his attempts to return to England from slavery in the East. That he accomplishes this as the only predictable part of his journey. The other tells Eliza's story, through palaces and... well, mostly through palaces.
I hope you read it, and enjoy it's elegance, intelligence and occasional low wit as much as I did.