THE ALCHYMIST'S JOURNAL.

Connell, Evan S.

ISBN 10: 0865474648 / ISBN 13: 9780865474642
Published by San Francisco: North Point Press, 1991. dj, 1991
Hardcover
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A historical reconstruction in which Connell imagines the journals of seven alchemists, beginning with that of the 16th century alchemist, Paracelsius. Illustrated with wood engravings by Michael McCurdy. SIGNED by Connell on the title page. 214 pp, Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 60561

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Title: THE ALCHYMIST'S JOURNAL.

Publisher: San Francisco: North Point Press, 1991. dj

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The author of Son of the Morning Star, and Mrs. Bridge, offersan acute study of humanity in the form of the journals of seven fictional alchemists. The sense of mystery and the occult seem very alive in this pre-Renaissance setting filled with wisdom, hope, and healing philosophy. "Connell's skill is breathtaking."--The Village Voice Literary Supplement.

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A banquet of ideas, Connell's esoteric novel, evoking the Western world poised on the brink of modernity, has a central preoccupation: At what price to the soul has today's mechanistic worldview been forged? The narrative consists of seven imaginary pre-Renaissance diaries, presented in sequence, beginning with the thundering voice of the famous 16th-century Swiss alchemist Paracelsus, defiant, belligerent, egotistical foe of medical orthodoxy. Paracelsus seeks correspondences between the microcosm and the macrocosm, as does the unnamed humanistic philosopher whose ruminations bring the colloquy full circle. In between we hear from an alchemical novice, an old skeptic, an open-minded physician, a devout Christian historian and a revolutionary who spouts apocalyptic forebodings. Connell ( Son of the Morning Star ) achieves moments of great beauty in luxuriant, if sometimes overwrought prose that seems to have sprung from the late Middle Ages. If his novel comes off as hermetic, a failed alchemical experiment, it nevertheless commands thoughtful attention, its surface resplendent with forgotten lore of alchemy, science and love.
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