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The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey
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Feb 07, 2012

it was ok
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Read from February 05 to 07, 2012

The Chemistry of Tears is a minor, even slight work by Peter Carey - a tale about automatons, museums, and curators, with an overtone of grief, obsession, and nostalgia.

Orhan Pamuk much more successfully explores such themes in the Museum of Innocence. And Hugo's exploration of automatons is a joy and delight, by comparison.

The Chemistry of Tears is such a grey, self-contained work - compared to the rollicking Antipodean mash-ups of Jack Maggs, the Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, and the True History of the Kelly Gang. Fear that Peter Carey has lost his literary mojo.
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