Has anyone else read Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle?
The books include:
The System of the World
and, I guess
I don’t often reread books, but these were engaging and interesting enough, and there was enough there that I thought they merited a second go around.
It’s a pretty intriguing series and pretty ambitious, having main characters like Isacc Newton and Leibniz. I could see why a lot of people might get bogged down and dislike the huge digressions Stephenson takes (like into monetary theory and markets) but I loved it all.
I absolutely loved the Shaftoe Characters (Half-cocked Jack of the 17th century, and Bobby Shaftoe of the 1940s.
Half-Cocked Jack, King of the Vagabonds has the title “Emmerdeur” which apparantly translated means “he who turns everything into shit.”
The most intriguing character to me remains “Enoch the Red.”
Anybody else want to talk about it?
I guess if there’s interest, we oughtta start off with Quicksilver.
Also, if anybody else has read these and is confused, this would be a good place to ask questions. Having just finished the books for the second time, I might be able to help.
Let me know.