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Red Sulphur: The Greatest Mystery in Alchemy

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Winner of the European Union Literary Award, Penny Busetto: "A book both compelling and haunting. Robert Bosnaks saga Red Sulphur traces the history of the split between alchemy and science in a tale of lust, greed and abiding passion."
It is 1666, the Year of the Beast, seen by many as the moment the Devil will appear on earth.
Science is in ascendance, crowding out other
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Kindle Edition, 508 pages
Published December 8th 2014 by Red Sulphur Publications
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Boekenwurm Saskia
Vleesch noch visch
Rode Sulfur, het debuut van Robert Bosnak belooft ons een magische roman over liefde, goud en alchemie. Een roman die gebaseerd is op historische verslagen en uitlatingen van grote denkers. Het blijkt echter vleesch noch visch. Het lijkt veeleer alsof Bosnak, een Jungiaans psychoanalist en alchemist, middels een verhaal zijn Jungiaanse levensvisie wil overdragen.
Alchemist Mundanus is op de vlucht voor de Hertog van York die de Steen der Wijzen wil gebruiken om zoveel mogelijk
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Diana Raab
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely captivating story. Bosnak has been studying alchemy for over 40 years. Red Sulphur (Philosophers' Stone) is a universal medicine known to alchemists as being the source of all creative powers. Its mystery goes back to Egyptian times, inspiring them to reach for the stars at the heart of their metals. The Red Sulphur stone has been characterized as commanding life, deciding pasts, presents and futures. This sexy love story follows the lives of a famous alchemist and his two loves. ...more
Eswee
Feb 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, not-finished
I did not like this book and also did not finish it. I took it home from the library because it was advertised as historian fiction, set in The Hague, a Dutch city. This seems funny to me, because I am Dutch myself. Somehow I couldn't connect to the story, and after reading till page 78 I decided to toss it.

The main male character is kind of whiny and weird about women, desperate. The story itself is not coherent enough, lots of pages are just a summery of things and not making sense as a
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Ellen
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'De laag uitgesneden hals van haar japon onthult de bedwelmende aanzet tot haar roomblanke borsten.'
'Wanneer mijn blik dreigt af te dwalen naar haar roomblanke schouders, wend ik me af.'
'In verwarring staar ik naar de parels die als druppels maanlicht op haar zachte hals rusten.'
'Mijn hart is gevulder dan ooit terwijl rivieren van liefde me op het ritme van mijn hartslag doorstromen.'
'Ze staat op, een dun laagje zweet glinstert op haar blozende boezem.'
'Een deel van het bier stroomt over haar
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Charlene
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let's start at the end: I want the sequel. I want the sequel because the story is not finished and I am committed to these characters. I'm committed to these people whose lives, fictional as they may be, twist and turn together, apart and in confluence with outer dynamics, the politics of 17 century Europe as well as the demise of that most hidden of arts, alchemy. That constellation, of inner and outer matching without it being too obvious, appeals to me demonstrating as it does Bosnak command ...more
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