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Quicksilver (Baroque Cycle 1) por Neal…
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Quicksilver (Baroque Cycle 1) (edição 2004)

por Neal Stephenson (Autor)

Séries: The Baroque Cycle (Vol. I, Books 1-3)

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Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight. It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. And it is the tale of Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of finance. A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life, Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time. And it's just the beginning ... Performed by Simon Prebble and Stina Nielsen.… (mais)
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Título:Quicksilver (Baroque Cycle 1)
Autores:Neal Stephenson (Autor)
Informação:Arrow (2004), Edition: New e., 944 pages
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Quicksilver por Neal Stephenson

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The first time I tried it, I bogged down partway ... this time, though, fresh off a re-read of Cryptonomicon, I got right into and through it. I sighed a little at Stephenson being cute by having it be about still more forebears of the families he introduced in Cryptonomicon, but okay, whatever. He's an author who's occasionally too clever, and I knew that going in.

The plot's as Baroque as the title would imply, and the amount of fictitious history threaded through what's obviously obsessively-studied real history makes for a book that requires an investment of attention ... but it's Stephenson, so it's funny and smart-alecky in enough places to keep it lively, over all. ( )
  qBaz | May 28, 2021 |
Returning to Quicksilver to finally put the Baroque Cycle to bed once and for all, I have to admit that it's a lot better than I remember. I'd probably throw four and a half stars at it if I could.

The first third of the book, also entitled Quicksilver, is a great ride through both 1600s London and 1700s ocean travel (the 1700s bit being a frame story for the rest). Daniel Waterhouse, reluctant Puritan and nascent scientist, is a bit hard to get a read on at first, but quickly grows into an interesting character. This section probably has the most "fictional character was present for a historical event/coined a modern idea" to it of the entire book, but Stephenson handles these well and they tended to get more of a smile from me than a groan.

The second third, King of the Vagabonds, is almost entirely an adventure/road, following Jack Shaftoe, Vagabond extraordinaire, and Eliza, a woman he rescues from certain death. This has the infamous Stephenson ending (i.e. things just drop), but it does feel somewhat earned and not just poorly written.

Finally, Odalisque ("a female slave or concubine in a harem, esp. one in the seraglio of a sultan of Turkey" - a title choice I'm still ruminating over) drops Jack to switch between Daniel (now something of an advisor to the king) and Eliza (now something of a financial guru/spy). This is the part of the book where the wheels start to come off, I think. Stephenson doesn't convey a lot of the action happening in Eliza's story very well, despite inserting a map of central Europe right there in the book, and his decision to skip over parts of the run-up to the Glorious Revolution makes Daniel's story feel really disjointed.

Overall, really, that's probably the worst thing I can say about the book is that it feels like Stephenson had 3 really good books in him but there's just a little bit of connective tissue missing that would elevate this entire thing and make it really great. On my first pass, I was really unsure of how I felt about the fact that so much of the book was returning to territory from Cryptonomicon (Waterhouse, Shaftoe, Eliza, Qwglhm, etc) -- I don't really mind most of it, although I'm really sick of Stephenson's pet character Enoch Root. It's a really fascinating, really fun ride with some memorable characters, and I guess that's all I really ask for. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
This is how you do historical fiction! A wide-ranging tale covering the history of royal families, court intrigue, early espionage and cryptography, scientific invention, finance, etc. Epic in every way. ( )
  donblanco | Jan 4, 2021 |
tried 2x and couldn't finish
  steveportigal | Dec 31, 2020 |
Great historical fiction of Europe during the Age of Enlightenment. It was a little tough to get into at the start due to all of the characters and background that needed to be established, but it picks up quite a bit in the last two thirds. I also like that I learned something about the people and events of the time period, which is something I don't get from the usual sci-fi/fantasy books I read. It was fun looking up some of the characters and events and finding that they really did exist or happen.

I'll probably take a short break to read some shorter books that I have been putting off, but I am looking forward to reading the other two ~1000 page books in the series! ( )
  cypher2048 | Dec 28, 2020 |
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Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight. It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. And it is the tale of Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of finance. A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life, Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time. And it's just the beginning ... Performed by Simon Prebble and Stina Nielsen.

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