Charles Darwin in Cyberspace: A Novel
Claire BurchISBN: 1587901161;
Book DescriptionThis novel about Emma Wedgewood, wife of Charles Darwin, centers around her hallucinative mind. Her grief at the death of their child Annie is given a bizarre twist by some ergot mold on the bread she uses for her pudding; her world becomes the twentieth century. Burch presents her husband?s sympathetic letters which contain fragments from Darwin?s Expression of the Emotions In Man and Animals and contributions from other characters such as the social worker and Emma?s unusual later offspring, Ralph Waldo Business Administration. Claire Burch, whose abilities with fiction are complemented by her previous research and publications in psychiatry, experiments with narrative voice by apparently doing away with it. This technique is striking, like overhearing a conversation of strangers in the dark. Are these the imaginings of Charles Darwin?s wife, or is she someone who thinks she?s Darwin?s wife? She lives in our time or does she just think...
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