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The Alchymist's Journal (SIGNED Plus SIGNED LETTER)

Connell, Evan S.

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ISBN 10: 0865474648 / ISBN 13: 9780865474642
Published by North Point Press, San Francisco, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED and inscribed by author on title page. $19.95 price present on DJ flap. Includes laid-in the original 1991 review from New York Times Book Review. Also includes a laid-in typed author SIGNED letter (TLS), dated July 8, 1991: "Dear Mr. Montemarano, I hope you find the Alchymist worthwhile. Yes, I'll be glad to sign your copy. Evan Connell." Fine signed copy and associated letter. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001122

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Title: The Alchymist's Journal (SIGNED Plus SIGNED ...

Publisher: North Point Press, San Francisco

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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The journals of seven very different alchemists evoke the mystery of pre-Renaissance times and a sense of humanity for today

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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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