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Perpetual Motion

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Set in southern Ontario in the late nineteenth century, at a time when the machine age was coming into its own, Perpetual Motion chronicles the fortunes of settler Robert Fraser, a man obsessed with power and control. Driven by the idea of inventing a perpetual motion machine which will utilize natural energy, he neglects and destroys not only the nature around him but his ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by New Canadian Library (first published January 1st 1982)
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MJ Nicholls
Nov 03, 2015 MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable and bizarre tackling of the historical novel, Perpetual Motion concerns Robert Fraser, a man from Mad River, Ontario in possession of a mastodon skeleton obsessed with creating a perpetual motion machine in spite of his banausic (a word that recurs often in this novel) background. Mixing poetic description and close character narration, alongside a more ponderous tone (with strange shifting of tenses), the style here is unique, refusing to allow the reader to sink into the familiar ...more
Peter
Graeme Gibson is a novelists, bird watcher, environmentalist and a not bad thinker. This novel, set in the 19th century can be seen as a cautionary tale on the arrivial of the industrial age and what it will mean for human beings and the environment. I won't be spoiling much to say that it doesn't work out well in the end.
John
Aug 31, 2013 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I do not know if it was me or what , but i never got into this book. It was never of any interest to me. toooo rambling , no theme, no flow, no story for me. no interest
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