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The Confusion - Neal Stephenson

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Published: April 2005
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Neal Stephenson continues his extraordinary 'Baroque Cycle' in this sequel to his bestselling Quicksilver, bringing to life a cast of unforgettable characters in a time of breathtaking genius and discovery. It is the late 1600s, on the high seas. A group of Barbary galley slaves plot as they ply the oars of a pirate ship, hatching a daring scheme to find an enormous cache of Spanish gold. Amazingly, they succeed - leaving some very unhappy men behind who vow to hunt down the vagabonds and bring them to justice, no matter the cost.-Meanwhile, back in France, the beautiful Eliza - toast of Versailles and spy extraordinaire - attempts to return to London with her baby, a child whose paternity is shrouded in mystery. Making her way home, her ship is stopped by a French privateer and she is returned to the Sun King's court. Thrown back into a web of international intrigue, Eliza must contend with all manner of characters, including buccaneers, poisoners, Jesuits, financial manipulators, and even a stray cryptographer or two-Rave reviews for The Confusion: 'Ideas about currency and calculus become thrilling because of the way Stephenson incorporates them into his story... Huge in scope-rich in detail... This weird, wonderful collision of scholarship and storytelling has no peer.' Time Out'A rip-roaring, swashbuckling Romance with a capital R... A blood-soaked, silver-plated depiction of 17th-century life from both ends of the economic scale, and with enough headlong, balls-to-the-wall buccaneering and Machiavellian plotting to satiate the most jaded of palates.' Ink'Stephenson excels in marrying geekspeak wtih riotous action. When he describes a battle or a duel, his prose acquires thrilling panache... Jack Shaftoe is magnificent, a swashbuckling hero with a foul mouth and few morals, and his adventures are-most appealing.' Guardian

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Epic in time, place and character, The Confusion continues Neal Stephensons Baroque Cycle. If you are any sort of fan of historical fiction and dont mind getting in deep for a while, then this series is definitely for you!

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"Ideas about currency and calculus become thrilling because of the way Stephenson incorporates them into his story... Huge in scope - rich in detail... This weird, wonderful collision of scholarship and storytelling has no peer" * Time Out * "A rip-roaring, swashbuckling Romance with a capital R ... A blood-soaked, silver-plated depiction of 17th-century life from both ends of the economic scale, and with enough headlong, balls-to-the-wall buccaneering and Machiavellian plotting to satiate the most jaded of palates" * Ink * "Stephenson excels in marrying geekspeak wtih riotous action. When he describes a battle or a duel, his prose acquires thrilling panache... Jack Shaftoe is magnificent, a swashbuckling hero with a foul mouth and few morals, and his adventures are most appealing" * Guardian * "The definitive historical-sci-fi-epic-pirate-comedy-punk-love story. No easy feat, that" * Entertainment Weekly *

ISBN: 9780099410690
ISBN-10: 0099410699
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 832
Published: April 2005
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1