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Michael’s Discovery

For years, Kelly Andrews had waited for her big brother’s best friend to notice her. Now, Navy SEAL Michael Devaney is back in Boston as her embittered physical therapy patient — but still every inch her hero. She vows he will be whole again with the help of his family and her healing touch.
Broken in body and spirit, Michael seems determined to defy Kelly and his reunited kin. Although he finally gazes at her with the passion she’s always craved, Michael holds himself back, saying he’s only half a man. How can Kelly convince her lifelong love that he’s all the man she will ever need; The Devaney brothers are products of a shattered family, and the scars followed them into their adult lives — and wreak particular havoc with their romantic relationships. It takes a strong and confident woman to tear down the walls of a Devaney man . . .
(source: Bol.com)

For years, Kelly Andrews had waited for her big brother’s best friend to notice her. Now, Navy SEAL Michael Devaney is back in Boston as her embittered physical therapy patient — but still every inch her hero. She vows he will be whole again with the help of his family and her healing touch.
Broken in body and spirit, Michael seems determined to defy Kelly and his reunited kin. Although he finally gazes at her with the passion she’s always craved, Michael holds himself back, saying he’s only half a man. How can Kelly convince her lifelong love that he’s all the man she will ever need; The Devaney brothers are products of a shattered family, and the scars followed them into their adult lives — and wreak particular havoc with their romantic relationships. It takes a strong and confident woman to tear down the walls of a Devaney man . . .
(source: Bol.com)

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Metaphysics – Aristotle

SUMMARY: Metaphysics is Aristotle’s version of philosophy examining the nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, fact and value. Aristotle argues that there are a handful of universal truths. Aristotle’s works have influenced science, religion, and philosophy for nearly two thousand years. He could be thought of as the father of logical thought. Aristotle wrote: “There is nothing in the intellect that was not first in the senses.” He wrote that everything that is learned in life is learned through sensory perception. Aristotle was the first to establish the founding principle of logic. The great writer Dante called Aristotle “The Master of those who know.”

SUMMARY: Metaphysics is Aristotle’s version of philosophy examining the nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, fact and value. Aristotle argues that there are a handful of universal truths. Aristotle’s works have influenced science, religion, and philosophy for nearly two thousand years. He could be thought of as the father of logical thought. Aristotle wrote: “There is nothing in the intellect that was not first in the senses.” He wrote that everything that is learned in life is learned through sensory perception. Aristotle was the first to establish the founding principle of logic. The great writer Dante called Aristotle “The Master of those who know.”

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Mercurial: The Definitive Guide

This instructive book takes you step by step through ways to track, merge, and manage both open source and commercial software projects with Mercurial, using Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, and other systems. Mercurial is the easiest system to learn when it comes to distributed revision control. And it’s a very flexible tool that’s ideal whether you’re a lone programmer working on a small project, or part of a huge team dealing with thousands of files.

Mercurial permits a countless variety of development and collaboration methods, and this book offers several concrete suggestions to get you started. This guide will help you:

* Learn the basics of working with a repository, changesets, and revisions

* Merge changes from separate repositories

* Set up Mercurial to work with files on a daily basis, including which ones to track

* Get examples and tools for setting up various workflow models

* Manage a project that’s making progress on multiple fronts at once

* Find and fix mistakes by isolating problem sources

* Use hooks to perform actions automatically in response to repository events

* Customize the output of Mercurial

Mercurial: The Definitive Guide maintains a strong focus on simplicity to help you learn Mercurial quickly and thoroughly.

(source: Bol.com)

This instructive book takes you step by step through ways to track, merge, and manage both open source and commercial software projects with Mercurial, using Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, and other systems. Mercurial is the easiest system to learn when it comes to distributed revision control. And it’s a very flexible tool that’s ideal whether you’re a lone programmer working on a small project, or part of a huge team dealing with thousands of files.

Mercurial permits a countless variety of development and collaboration methods, and this book offers several concrete suggestions to get you started. This guide will help you:

* Learn the basics of working with a repository, changesets, and revisions

* Merge changes from separate repositories

* Set up Mercurial to work with files on a daily basis, including which ones to track

* Get examples and tools for setting up various workflow models

* Manage a project that’s making progress on multiple fronts at once

* Find and fix mistakes by isolating problem sources

* Use hooks to perform actions automatically in response to repository events

* Customize the output of Mercurial

Mercurial: The Definitive Guide maintains a strong focus on simplicity to help you learn Mercurial quickly and thoroughly.

(source: Bol.com)

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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice is an intriguing drama of love, greed, and revenge. At its heart, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a wealthy young woman besieged by suitors. At the play’s climax, Shylock insists on the enforcement of a binding contract that will cost the life of the merchant Antonio — inciting Portia to mount a memorable defense.
In this richly plotted drama, Shylock, whom Shakespeare endowed with all of the depth and vitality of his greatest characters, is not alone in his villainy. In scene after scene, a large cast of ambitious and scheming characters demonstrates that honesty is a quality often strained where matters of love and money are concerned.
The gravity and suspense of the play’s central plot, together with its romance, have made *The Merchant of Venice* a favorite of audiences, and one of the most studied and performed of Shakespeare’s plays. It is reprinted here from an authoritative text, complete with explanatory footnotes.
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The Merchant of Venice is an intriguing drama of love, greed, and revenge. At its heart, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a wealthy young woman besieged by suitors. At the play’s climax, Shylock insists on the enforcement of a binding contract that will cost the life of the merchant Antonio — inciting Portia to mount a memorable defense.
In this richly plotted drama, Shylock, whom Shakespeare endowed with all of the depth and vitality of his greatest characters, is not alone in his villainy. In scene after scene, a large cast of ambitious and scheming characters demonstrates that honesty is a quality often strained where matters of love and money are concerned.
The gravity and suspense of the play’s central plot, together with its romance, have made *The Merchant of Venice* a favorite of audiences, and one of the most studied and performed of Shakespeare’s plays. It is reprinted here from an authoritative text, complete with explanatory footnotes.
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Mercenary

SUMMARY: As a favor to a CIA officer, SBS operative Stratton carries out what appears to be an inconsequential task in Central America. But Stratton’s actions push him into the midst of a national rebellion, and against his own principles he becomes emotionally involved and decides to join the popular uprising. Unknown to him, however, the revolt is a fight not just against the local government, as the CIA is very much involved. As events spiral disastrously out of control, Stratton must face up to his biggest and most treacherous challenge to date.

SUMMARY: As a favor to a CIA officer, SBS operative Stratton carries out what appears to be an inconsequential task in Central America. But Stratton’s actions push him into the midst of a national rebellion, and against his own principles he becomes emotionally involved and decides to join the popular uprising. Unknown to him, however, the revolt is a fight not just against the local government, as the CIA is very much involved. As events spiral disastrously out of control, Stratton must face up to his biggest and most treacherous challenge to date.

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Mental Floss Presents Instant Knowledge

Mental Floss Presents Instant Knowledge by Mental Floss Editors, Julie Sussman
Mental_floss is proud to present a full-bodied jolt of inspiration for thirsty minds on the go. Blended with titillating facts, startling revelations, and head-scratching theories collected from around the world, *Instant Knowledge* will jumpstart riveting exchanges at cocktail parties, the watercooler, or any powwow. To experience the clean, rich flavor at home, just tear into a topic of your choice, and add conversation. It’s that simple!

Mental Floss Presents Instant Knowledge by Mental Floss Editors, Julie Sussman
Mental_floss is proud to present a full-bodied jolt of inspiration for thirsty minds on the go. Blended with titillating facts, startling revelations, and head-scratching theories collected from around the world, *Instant Knowledge* will jumpstart riveting exchanges at cocktail parties, the watercooler, or any powwow. To experience the clean, rich flavor at home, just tear into a topic of your choice, and add conversation. It’s that simple!

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Meno

This volume contains new translations of two dialogues of Plato, the Protagoras and the Meno, together with explanatory notes and substantial interpretive essays. Robert C. Bartlett’s translations are as literal as is compatible with sound English style and take into account important textual variations. Because the interpretive essays both sketch the general outlines of the dialogues and take up specific theoretical or philosophic difficulties, they will be of interest not only to those reading the dialogues for the first time but also to those already familiar with them. The Protagoras and the Meno are linked by the attention each pays to the idea of virtue: the latter dialogue focuses on the fundamental Socratic question “What is virtue?,” the former on the specific virtue of courage, especially in its relation to wisdom. An appendix contains a short extract from Xenophon’s Anabasis of Cyrus that vividly portrays the figure of Meno.

This volume contains new translations of two dialogues of Plato, the Protagoras and the Meno, together with explanatory notes and substantial interpretive essays. Robert C. Bartlett’s translations are as literal as is compatible with sound English style and take into account important textual variations. Because the interpretive essays both sketch the general outlines of the dialogues and take up specific theoretical or philosophic difficulties, they will be of interest not only to those reading the dialogues for the first time but also to those already familiar with them. The Protagoras and the Meno are linked by the attention each pays to the idea of virtue: the latter dialogue focuses on the fundamental Socratic question “What is virtue?,” the former on the specific virtue of courage, especially in its relation to wisdom. An appendix contains a short extract from Xenophon’s Anabasis of Cyrus that vividly portrays the figure of Meno.

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Menexenus

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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A Memory of Wind

SUMMARY: The heroes are eager to sail to Troy for war, but the wind is still. To fill their sails and set out, they must sacrifice Agamemnon’s daughter Iphigenia—and how does a human girl become the wind? The starkness and psychological insight of Rachel Swirsky’s Tor.com story earned it a place among the finalists for the 2010 Nebula Award. Rachel Swirsky’s short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine, and Subterranean Magazine, among others, and has been collected in Year’s Best anthologies edited by Rich Horton, Jonathan Strahan, and the VanderMeers. She is also the submissions editor of Podcastle, an audio fantasy magazine.

SUMMARY: The heroes are eager to sail to Troy for war, but the wind is still. To fill their sails and set out, they must sacrifice Agamemnon’s daughter Iphigenia—and how does a human girl become the wind? The starkness and psychological insight of Rachel Swirsky’s Tor.com story earned it a place among the finalists for the 2010 Nebula Award. Rachel Swirsky’s short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine, and Subterranean Magazine, among others, and has been collected in Year’s Best anthologies edited by Rich Horton, Jonathan Strahan, and the VanderMeers. She is also the submissions editor of Podcastle, an audio fantasy magazine.

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Memories of Ice: Book Three of the Malazan Book of the Fallen

The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Onearm’s army and Whiskeyjack’s Bridgeburners alongside their enemies of old–the forces of the Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains.
But ancient undead clans are also gathering; the T’lan Imass have risen. For it would seem something altogether darker and more malign threatens this world. Rumors abound that the Crippled God is now unchained and intent on a terrible revenge.
Marking the return of many characters from *Gardens of the Moon* and introducing a host of remarkable new players, *Memories of Ice* is both a momentous new chapter in Steven Erikson’s magnificent epic fantasy and a triumph of storytelling.
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The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Onearm’s army and Whiskeyjack’s Bridgeburners alongside their enemies of old–the forces of the Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains.
But ancient undead clans are also gathering; the T’lan Imass have risen. For it would seem something altogether darker and more malign threatens this world. Rumors abound that the Crippled God is now unchained and intent on a terrible revenge.
Marking the return of many characters from *Gardens of the Moon* and introducing a host of remarkable new players, *Memories of Ice* is both a momentous new chapter in Steven Erikson’s magnificent epic fantasy and a triumph of storytelling.
**

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

‘If I were assured of your eventual destruction I would, in the interests of the public, cheerfully accept my own.’ In The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, the consulting detective’s notoriety as the arch-despoiler of the schemes concocted by the criminal underworld at last gets the better of him. Though Holmes and his faithful sidekick Dr Watson solve what will become some of their most bizarre and extraordinary cases – the disappearance of the race horse Silver Blaze, the horrific circumstances of the Greek Interpreter and the curious mystery of the Musgrave Ritual among them – a criminal mastermind is plotting the downfall of the great detective. Half-devil, half-genius, Professor Moriarty leads Holmes and Watson on a grisly cat-and-mouse chase through London and across Europe, culminating in a frightful struggle which will turn the legendary Reichenbach Falls into a water double-grave . . .
**Recensie(s)**

Holmes [is] still discussed, revered and cherished across the world * Guardian *
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‘If I were assured of your eventual destruction I would, in the interests of the public, cheerfully accept my own.’ In The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, the consulting detective’s notoriety as the arch-despoiler of the schemes concocted by the criminal underworld at last gets the better of him. Though Holmes and his faithful sidekick Dr Watson solve what will become some of their most bizarre and extraordinary cases – the disappearance of the race horse Silver Blaze, the horrific circumstances of the Greek Interpreter and the curious mystery of the Musgrave Ritual among them – a criminal mastermind is plotting the downfall of the great detective. Half-devil, half-genius, Professor Moriarty leads Holmes and Watson on a grisly cat-and-mouse chase through London and across Europe, culminating in a frightful struggle which will turn the legendary Reichenbach Falls into a water double-grave . . .
**Recensie(s)**

Holmes [is] still discussed, revered and cherished across the world * Guardian *
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Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Boasting some of Sherlock Holmes’s finest adventures, this classic 1894 collection was originally written in serial form. Eleven of the most popular tales of the immortal sleuth include “Silver Blaze,” concerning the “curious incident of the dog in the night-time”; “The Greek Interpreter,” starring Holmes’s even more formidable brother, Mycroft; and “The Final Problem,” the detective’s notorious confrontation with arch-criminal Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.Holmes and Dr. Watson remain history’s greatest detective team, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s portrayals of male comradeship, the thrills of the chase, and the misty precincts of Victorian London remains unmatched in detective literature.Eleven classic tales of deduction: Silver Blaze • The Yellow Face • The Stock-Broker’s Clerk • The Gloria Scott • The Musgrave Ritual • The Reigate Puzzle • The Crooked Man • The Resident Patient • The Greek Interpreter • The Naval Treaty • The Final ProblemThey include one of the most famous Sherlock Holmes stories, “The Adventure of the Final Problem”, in which Doyle “killed” Holmes. Several of the stories are told in a way which is more from Holmes’ own point of view, as he tells Watson some of his early work that he did before meeting the doctor.

Boasting some of Sherlock Holmes’s finest adventures, this classic 1894 collection was originally written in serial form. Eleven of the most popular tales of the immortal sleuth include “Silver Blaze,” concerning the “curious incident of the dog in the night-time”; “The Greek Interpreter,” starring Holmes’s even more formidable brother, Mycroft; and “The Final Problem,” the detective’s notorious confrontation with arch-criminal Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.Holmes and Dr. Watson remain history’s greatest detective team, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s portrayals of male comradeship, the thrills of the chase, and the misty precincts of Victorian London remains unmatched in detective literature.Eleven classic tales of deduction: Silver Blaze • The Yellow Face • The Stock-Broker’s Clerk • The Gloria Scott • The Musgrave Ritual • The Reigate Puzzle • The Crooked Man • The Resident Patient • The Greek Interpreter • The Naval Treaty • The Final ProblemThey include one of the most famous Sherlock Holmes stories, “The Adventure of the Final Problem”, in which Doyle “killed” Holmes. Several of the stories are told in a way which is more from Holmes’ own point of view, as he tells Watson some of his early work that he did before meeting the doctor.

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Memoirs of a geisha: a novel

EDITORIAL REVIEW: A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha. Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men’s solicitude and the money that goes with it. In **Memoirs of a Geisha**, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction–at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful–and completely unforgettable.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha. Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men’s solicitude and the money that goes with it. In **Memoirs of a Geisha**, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction–at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful–and completely unforgettable.

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Meltdown

SUMMARY: A lethal new drug with devastating side effects, known as Meltdown, is threatening to destabilize society. Dudley knows that the security services have to act fast, and when his 4 x 4 arrives at their remote hideout in the Canadian lakes, eighteen-year-old Danny and his grandfather, ex-SAS hero Fergus Watts, are once again sucked into a deadly undercover operation and a race against time. Their search for the mastermind behind a pair of murderous gangland twins takes them from the clubs of Manchester to Spain and Germany, and Danny needs all his newly learned expertise when he comes up against an old adversary someone he hoped never to encounter again. And this time, when the battle is joined, it is a battle to the end.

SUMMARY: A lethal new drug with devastating side effects, known as Meltdown, is threatening to destabilize society. Dudley knows that the security services have to act fast, and when his 4 x 4 arrives at their remote hideout in the Canadian lakes, eighteen-year-old Danny and his grandfather, ex-SAS hero Fergus Watts, are once again sucked into a deadly undercover operation and a race against time. Their search for the mastermind behind a pair of murderous gangland twins takes them from the clubs of Manchester to Spain and Germany, and Danny needs all his newly learned expertise when he comes up against an old adversary someone he hoped never to encounter again. And this time, when the battle is joined, it is a battle to the end.

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Mech 1: The Parent

Bio-tech aliens battle Mechs built by humans!
After centuries in stasis, a lost task force returns home. Arriving from the infinite void the surviving ships discover that the Imperium lies in ruin. The Homeworld itself is destroyed, and nothing lives in the Ancestral System except an infestation of unknown bipedal beings – creatures soft, red of blood and warm of flesh…
When you colonize a planet, make sure the owners aren’t coming back…
MECH is the story of a new Earth colony built upon the ancient Homeworld of a civilization presumed (incorrectly) to be long dead. MECH is a full novel, 90,000 words in length…
Author’s Disclaimer: Mech is a strange book (even by my standards). It’s extremely popular, and everyone either loves it or hates it. Mech is a fast, fun read with a weird sense of humor. Think of it as a dark comedy, like a zombie movie. The story is meant to entertain, and nothing else. Read the sample! -BVL

Bio-tech aliens battle Mechs built by humans!
After centuries in stasis, a lost task force returns home. Arriving from the infinite void the surviving ships discover that the Imperium lies in ruin. The Homeworld itself is destroyed, and nothing lives in the Ancestral System except an infestation of unknown bipedal beings – creatures soft, red of blood and warm of flesh…
When you colonize a planet, make sure the owners aren’t coming back…
MECH is the story of a new Earth colony built upon the ancient Homeworld of a civilization presumed (incorrectly) to be long dead. MECH is a full novel, 90,000 words in length…
Author’s Disclaimer: Mech is a strange book (even by my standards). It’s extremely popular, and everyone either loves it or hates it. Mech is a fast, fun read with a weird sense of humor. Think of it as a dark comedy, like a zombie movie. The story is meant to entertain, and nothing else. Read the sample! -BVL

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Measuring the World

SUMMARY: Loosely based on the lives of 19th-century explorer Alexander von Humboldt and a contemporary, mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, Kehlmann’s novel, a German bestseller widely heralded as an exemplar of “new” German fiction, injects musty history with shots of whimsy and irony. Humboldt voyages to South America to map the Orinoco River, climb the Chimborazo peak in Ecuador and measure “every river, every mountain and every lake in his path.” Gauss is the hedgehog to Humboldt’s fox, leaping out of bed on his wedding night to jot down a formula and rarely leaving his hometown of Göttingen. The two meet at a scientific congress in 1828, when Germany is in turmoil after the fall of Napoleon. Other luminaries appear throughout the novel, including a senile Immanuel Kant, Louis Daguerre and Thomas Jefferson. The narrative is notable for its brisk pacing, lively prose and wry humor (curmudgeonly Gauss laments, for instance, how “every idiot would be able to… invent the most complete nonsense” about him 200 years hence), which keenly complements Kehlmann’s intelligent, if not especially deep, treatment of science, mathematics and reason at the end of the Enlightenment.

SUMMARY: Loosely based on the lives of 19th-century explorer Alexander von Humboldt and a contemporary, mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, Kehlmann’s novel, a German bestseller widely heralded as an exemplar of “new” German fiction, injects musty history with shots of whimsy and irony. Humboldt voyages to South America to map the Orinoco River, climb the Chimborazo peak in Ecuador and measure “every river, every mountain and every lake in his path.” Gauss is the hedgehog to Humboldt’s fox, leaping out of bed on his wedding night to jot down a formula and rarely leaving his hometown of Göttingen. The two meet at a scientific congress in 1828, when Germany is in turmoil after the fall of Napoleon. Other luminaries appear throughout the novel, including a senile Immanuel Kant, Louis Daguerre and Thomas Jefferson. The narrative is notable for its brisk pacing, lively prose and wry humor (curmudgeonly Gauss laments, for instance, how “every idiot would be able to… invent the most complete nonsense” about him 200 years hence), which keenly complements Kehlmann’s intelligent, if not especially deep, treatment of science, mathematics and reason at the end of the Enlightenment.

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