The Chemistry of Tears

The Chemistry of Tears

Book - 2012
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When her lover dies suddenly, all Catherine has left is her work. The long affair had been kept secret from their colleagues at London's Swinburne Museum and now she must grieve in private. Or almost. In an act of compassion, the head of her department gives Catherine a very particular project, something to cling onto: a box of intricate clockwork parts that appear to be the remains of a nineteenth-century automaton, a beautiful mechanical bird. Once she discovers that the box also contains the diary of the man who commissioned the machine, one obsession merges into another. Who was Henry Brandling? Who was the mysterious, visionary clockmaker he hired to make a gift for his ailing son? And what was the end result that now sits in pieces in Catherine's her studio?
Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Hamish Hamilton, 2012.
ISBN: 9780143568551
9781926428154
Characteristics: 268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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None of the characters are likable. Catherine is wallowing in her grief as the hidden mistress of a work colleague. Well you were 'cheating' with a married man Catherine, what do you expect when he dies? And you are so prickly and ungrateful for colleagues' attempts to console you. And you are mean to that young assistant. Henry is a Victorian milquetoast from a wealthy family who is caught up in magical thinking. A wind up toy is going to save the life of his fragile son. This might be a tolerable plot line if it was written in the 19th century but it is just annoying as a backdrop to a 21st century story. It is a tedious read!

testBCKCLS Jul 30, 2013

I liked the idea of this book better than the execution. The story jumps back and forth between the present day and the 19th century. The portions set in the present, in which museum conservator and horologist Catherine Gehrig is given special project to help her deal with the grief of losing her lover, are engaging and thoughtfully rendered. The historical sections, in which her project (an automaton modelled on Jacques de Vaucanson's "digesting duck") is first created, are more disjointed, The details about the device, as well as the inner workings of a museum are interesting, but overall this isn't one of Carey's best.

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l1ill
Jul 11, 2012

I read less than a quarter of the book and returned. Not an easy/mindless read for the summer. Definitely weird!

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shanauer
Jun 19, 2012

Rather tedious- didn't hold my interest throughout. Just...a little weird, really. And not in a good way.

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Kristin_M_M Feb 15, 2017

"Yes, I felt the absence of my own son - an awful ache - but only love provides the lucky man such symptoms."

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