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THE BOOK OF MERCY

Cambor, Kathleen

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ISBN 10: 0374115508 / ISBN 13: 9780374115500
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, NY, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first prnt. Unread copy in Fine condition in a Fine dustjacket with a Durafold mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 30124

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Title: THE BOOK OF MERCY

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, NY

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Book of Mercy is the story of Edmund Mueller, a retired fireman tormented by memories of his flamboyant wife, Fanny, and her disappearance from his life years ago. Suffering from isolation, Edmund become fascinated with the art of alchemy, with the works of Paracelsus and Hermes Trismegistus, and the search for the Elixir of Life, which will enable him, he believes, to transmute base metals into gold. The cause of his obsession is a harrowing mystery plumbed by his daughter, Anne, and the resident tending him during his institutionalization.
Interwoven with Edmund’s tale of that of his daughter. Abandoned by her mother while still a baby, Anne learns to take shreds of love where she find them, from her burdened brother and distant father, then from the string of lovers she pursues. She counts on her wits and willfulness to lead her through her unexamined life. It is only when she takes up psychiatry and tries to find the heart to deal with her troubled patients that she begins to know herself and comes to understand that her life, like her father’s, has been a search for magic—a quest for the transforming power of love.

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Narrated in alternate chapters by Edmund Mueller and his daughter, Anne, The Book of Mercy weaves a small web of enchanting tales. There's the story of Edmund's childhood, his marriage to a woman named Fanny who left unexpectedly after their second child, and Edmund's futile retreat into the world of magical arts. Then there's Anne, who leaves to study psychiatry, and her brother, a missionary in the Third World. They are bound together by Kathleen Cambor's elegant hand and graceful eye, and by the novel's arching themes of forgiveness and renewal.

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