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Publisher's Summary

Following the success of Parrot and Olivier in America comes another wonderfully rich tale with historical themes from the twice Booker-winner. Catherine Gehrig, conservator at a London museum, learns of the unexpected death of her colleague and lover of thirteen years. Only the museum's director knew of the affair, and sends Catherine to work on a special project away from prying eyes. An automaton, a man and a woman who can never meet, a secret love story, and the fate of the world are all brought to life in this hauntingly moving novel from one of the finest writers of our time.

©2012 Peter Carey (P)2012 Recorded Books LLC

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  • Mackenzie
  • 04-02-2013

Another great novel from Carey

As consistently good as his earlier work, Carey weaves a great, wonderfully written, dual-time story.

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  • Deb
  • 04-05-2012

Let's cry tears for this Chemistry

Would you try another book from Peter Carey and/or Jefferson Mays and Susan Lyons ?

No. I didn't like the way it was read and I didn't like the story at all. It was so boring.

What could Peter Carey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write for real people not foppish English academics

Would you be willing to try another one of Jefferson Mays and Susan Lyons ’s performances?

I am very reluctant to try them again.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

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It was a complete waste of money. I didn't finish it because it bored me and was all over the place.

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  • JF7588
  • 13-04-2013

Bored to Tears

While the narrators don't help, they do have to give voice to characters who signally fail to convince in either of their given places and periods. When touching on grief - the strong opening chapter - there is a heartfelt and convincing energy to the prose, but the intriguing premise grows ever more dull. It was a trudge. Carey can be hit or miss but it is a long time since he missed by this much. Go elsewhere for tears.

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  • Linden
  • 20-08-2012

probably just me...............

This book sounded intriguing and i was reasonably anxious to 'read' a Peter Carey book. However, I got very bored with it. I peservered, somewhat wanting to know what happened, but I just got more and more bored. I do suspect that if I was not the sort of person who loves deep insight into characters and what happens to them, and was the sort of person who is interested in technology then I may have been much more intrigued and found the book enjoyable. The narration was good, which is probably what kept me listening for so long! I may get the book out of the library so I can flip through the rest of it, just to find the outcome, but I really couldn't bear to listen any longer.

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  • QP1
  • 01-11-2020

Narrator's strangulated faux accent kills it

I'm a Carey fan and keen to listen to this to the end, but after several attempts I'm giving up.
The female narrator (there is also a male) - Australian Susan Lyons – seems to think that contemporary English women of a certain age all speak in a clipped and fragile Queen's English, like Celia Johnson in 'Brief Encounter'. The falsity of the delivery is unfortunate as it makes it hard to get involved in the story. If Lyons had read in her normal (presumably Australian) accent, it would have got less in the way. So, I guess I'll have to read this one off the page.

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  • Lynda
  • 31-12-2012

The Chemistry of Tears

I really couldn't get on with this book which was a great pity since I love Oscar and Lucinda which was the first Peter Carey book I ever read. He is clearly a fine writer but it just didn't appeal to me

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