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The Discovery of Slowness

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ISBN: 1589880242
Издательство: Paul Dry Books, Inc.
Год издания: 2005
Страниц: 325
Book Description Framing the life of the 19th-century explorer Sir John Franklin (1786–1847), this novel explores not only the adventures of his career, but also enters a world where the quality of life is considered to be in slow motion, whereordinary experience becomes wholly new and unexpected. A phlegmatic, deliberate, strange child, John's slowness is extraordinary, allowing him to hold a rope taut for hours, his arm upright, and gather superhuman strength. He joins the Navy at age 14 andfrom that point on the volatile but profoundly changeless sea becomes his home. As he travels the world, brutal struggles against Arctic ice, enveloping seas off the coast of Australia, and the deadly ships of Napoleon's navy are etched upon the canvas of the contemplative and methodically slow thoughts of John Franklin, whose brain sends no signals to speak or move until it has fully conceptualized a situation. This remarkable and superbly translated novel derives from the life of the...
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