Salamander

Salamander

Book - 2001
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Spellbinding, original, Salamander careens through a world of ideas and stories in which the transforming power of books, the thirst for knowledge, and the pursuit of immortality become erotic. It is also a universal story of love and obsession. Set in the eighteenth century, the narrative revolves around a world-spanning quest for the infinite book. Along the way the novel gathers stories that range from a Chinese tale of jealousy and lost love to the remarkable history of Alexandria's other great library and to epoch-making moments on the battlefields of colonial America. At the centre of the novel's unforgettable cast of characters is the London printer Nicholas Flood, a dedicated craftsman who is unprepared for all that awaits him when he accepts an unusual commission. Intricate, humane, infused with humour and pathos, Salamander is an exhilarating, elegantly crafted novel.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2001.
ISBN: 9780771088339
0771088337

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ser_library Nov 12, 2011

recommended by "Carleton reads"

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Peekay
Mar 24, 2010

This was a random pick off the shelves, and I feel lucky to have discovered it.

I was reminded of this book while reading The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz ZafoĢn. If you liked that one, I think you'll like this one too. Similar gothic feel, similar mysticism surrounding books.

Bonus? Canadian.

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