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The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey
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Jun 15, 2012

it was ok
Read in June, 2012

I'm really confused by the ending of this one, and that played a big part in knocking this down from 3 stars to 2. This book focuses on two parallel storylines: Henry, an Englishman in 1850s Germany who is trying to get a cuckoo clock maker to make his son a mechanical duck that eats and shits and Catherine, the grieving museum worker who is attempting to restore that same swan in London in 2011. Yes, it morphs from a duck to a swan. I'm honestly not sure how. I felt that Henry's bits, in a series of journals that Catherine was reading, were very hard to follow and I started just skimming them. I felt no sympathy for Catherine, who was grieving the recent death of her married lover of 13 years. Just not worth it in the end.
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