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The Chemistry of Tears

Peter Carey

From the twice Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang, comes the story of an automaton, a man and a woman who can never meet, and a secret love story…

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ISBN
9780571279999
Date Published
27.03.2012
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Summary

London 2011. Catherine Gehrig, conservator at the Swinburne museum, learns of the unexpected death of her lover of thirteen years – but as the mistress of a married man, she has to grieve in private. Her employer at the museum, aware of Catherine’s grief, gives her a special project – to piece together both the mechanics and the story of an extraordinary automaton, commissioned in the nineteenth century by Henry Brandling to amuse his dying son. Linked by the mysterious automaton, Catherine and Henry’s stories intertwine across time to explore the mysteries of life and death, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention and the body’s astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.

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Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943. He claims his birthplace of Bacchus Marsh had a population of 4,000. This fact should probably be checked. He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School. He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 — after Rupert…

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