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The Alchymist's Journal

Connell, Evan S.

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ISBN 10: 0865474648 / ISBN 13: 9780865474642
Published by North Point Press, San Francisco, CA, 1991
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Inscribed by the author on the title page. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cover boards are clean. Binding is tight. Dust jacket has no tears, stains, or creases, price intact on flap, in mylar sleeve. Interior pages and text block are clean and unmarked. Wood engravings by Michael McCurdy.A pristine collectible copy. Bookseller Inventory # 001810

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Title: The Alchymist's Journal

Publisher: North Point Press, San Francisco, CA

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed 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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