Quicksilver: Volume One of the Baroque Cycle (Paperback)

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Quicksilver: Volume One of the Baroque Cycle (Paperback)

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"This is actually a recommendation for the entire Baroque Cycle (all 3,000 pages of it).  I know it sounds like way too much, but I have never had as much fun reading as I did with these books.  I really don't know how Stephenson did it.  Using three main characters, whose stories converge and diverge throughout the books, he managed to capture the Age of Enlightenment, and just about everyone associated with it, in its entirety.  You'll learn about the growth of Natural Philosophy, the rise of trade and banking, intrigue and cryptology in the royal courts of Europe and so much more, and all the while having a wicked good time.  These books are like a graduate level course on the 17th Century taught by your favorite professor."

Brad L., Harvard Book Store

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 ...

Neal Stephenson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Termination Shock, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. (with Nicole Galland), Seveneves, Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . .Was the Command Line. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

“Genius . . . You’ll wish it were longer.” — Time magazine

“[QUICKSILVER] explores the philosophical concerns of today . . . through thrillingly clever, suspenseful and amusing plot twists.” — New York Times Book Review

“Sprawling, irreverent, and ultimately profound.” — Newsweek

“A sprawling, engrossing tale.” — Seattle Times

“Stephenson’s new machine is a wonderment to behold. A-” — Entertainment Weekly

“An astonishing achievement.” — Sunday Telegraph

“[QUICKSILVER] is a rare thing: a 1,000-page book that you don’t want to end. — San Antonio Express-News

“[O]ften brilliant and occassionally astonishing ...[QUICKSILVER] has wit, ambition and ... moments of real genius.” — Book World

“[A]n awe-inspiring book, stuffed with heart-stopping action scenes ... and a treasure trove of forgotten historical lore.” — Book

“Dense, witty, erudite ... and gripping ... a far more impressive literary endeavor than most so-called “serious” fiction.” — Independent