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Interesting in parts but failed to engage my emotions
on 19 March 2015
In the mid nineteenth century, an Englishman travels to Germany to obtain an automaton for his consumptive son. In 21st century London, a grief-stricken woman works on restoring the automaton. At times, this book was intriguing and deeply moving, but ultimately, the sheer strangeness of it all stopped me connecting with the characters.