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Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago gJames Dyer is dangerous man He s dangerous because he does not care And such people are always dangerous Endowed with specialift or maybe a curse he s imperious to pain both physical and emotional And hence his lack of empathy ordinary human kinship a bit of compassion and concern That something what makes us humansHe was born in a small English village as the result of not really romantic adventure on the rink and until the tenth year of life had never ever cried not even uttered a single word In silence unable to feel anything watched the world As a young boy becomes an attraction of fairground shows a freak shown by the fraudster who unscrupulously uses him to trade miracle specifics later comes to hand of the seemingly enlightened member of a scientific society and becomes alongside the Siamese twins another showpiece in his cabinet of curiosities to finally become a Berlioz and the Romantic Century genius surgeonThe action of The ingenious pain takes place in late eighteen century mainly in England but also on the sea in Paris Berlin and on the Russian court We visit markets live in magnate s residence participate in sea battle trudge through snowstorm somewhere in Russia descend to hell s reality of Bedlam hospital to finally find harmony on uiet vicarage admiring beauty of English countrysideNovel abounds in truly realistic descriptions let s remember it is eighteen century Age of Reason but also age of ignorance It reads like m lange of adventure novel with naturalistic one magical realism freely interlace with mundaneness and ugliness Dyer is an ambiguous character Ambitious and ruthless Different Uniue We rather sympathize with him than admire him Because of his terrifyingift since he knew neither fear nor hesitation he could become a Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago great surgeon But as he states much later after his revival people didn t seek consolation in him He only like a magician repaired their crushed bodies notiving a damn about their later fate seeing in them only blend of damaged bones and infected fleshInitially his insensitivity and arrogance arouses in us pity and disgust But when he loses former power when his body finally recalls all the injuries and fractures when he s shaking from pain and cold when he becomes like the rest of us then do not be afraid to say that when he finally becomes the human we look fondly on his fragile broken physiue Tough in fact to the very end he remains an enigma and we the readers have to answer the uestion What does the world need most a Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) good ordinary man or one who is outstanding albeit with a heart of ice I was not impressed I did not like any of the characterswhich Iuess is not a problem in and of itself if they are all supposed to be bad I thought some of the events in the book that were uite important to James Dyer the major protagonist in the novel were fantastical and dealt with so briefly that I was not sold and dampened by enthusiasm for this book The premise was interestinga person who could not feel pain And those people do exist in real life it s a cursethey die at an early ageI just don t have anything really positive to say about this book I am so damn stubborn and cannot do a DNF this would have been the book to do itIt won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 1997 the International Dublin Literary Award 1999 And Literary Award 1999 and Italian Premio Grinzane Cavour prize for a foreign language novel 1999 The novel was also listed on the New York Times Notable Books of the Year for 1997 So I uess I am an outlier Nothing new thereReviews Very Interesting Premise Interesting Characters Historically Well Written But the ending and the relationships between the characters were a bit disappointing to meThere were parts of this novel that I REALLY ENJOYED THE AUTHOR IS CLEARLY enjoyed the author is clearly He creates vivid images some memorable characters and moves the story along at a brisk pace It was only in the fleshing out of the emotional relationships between his characters that I found myself wanting for James Dyer cannot feel pain can not empathize with others pain When James is very young he leaves his home and travels with Marley Gummer duping country folk into buying what they don t need and what won t help them He eventually becomes a successful surgeon never distracted by his own emotions or those of his patients He travels to Russia and meets the Empress Catherine and a woman who changes him Mary is rud to be a witch and James changes after he meets her he suddenly feels disappointment pain suffering and loveFor the most part I thought it was well done interesting and an enjoyable read but it wasn t the most satisfying read I wished happiness for James and I would have liked reater insight into the relationship between James and Mary It reminded me of 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Dying by O Nan Asylum by Patrick McGrath and House of Sight and Shadow by Nicholas Griffin There is a certain similar flavor among those novels If you liked any of those you might like this as well A little disappointing The first half or two thirds is uite engrossing and it s very well written although I wouldn t One Touch of Scandal go so far as to say dazzling or extraordinary as the critics on the cover proclaim but it just didn t do enough for me I don t think the characters ineneral and the main character in particular are fleshed out enough and the story doesn t do an awful lot It doesn t impart much in the way of wisdom or insight or offer any fresh or surprising perspectives If I d discovered it by accident I might have liked it but as I found it through the Guardian s list of 1000 books you have to read as the praise for it is so high and as the concept holds so much promise my expectations were very high Unfortunately they weren t uite met And did you et what you wanted from this lifeeven so I didAnd what did you want To call myself belo. At the dawn of the Enlightenment James Dyer is born unable to feel pain A source of wonder and scientific curiosity as a child he ris.  Ingenious PainIghly acclaimed Pure On the basis of these I was developing a notion of Miller as someone who promises much but somehow doesn t uite deliver Pure has outrageously ood subject matter for a historical novel and would make a memorable elevator pitch it also contains some superb writing and evokes the Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store grisly world of Les Innocents in a manner that I found simultaneouslyhostly and visceral not an easy combination to pull off It sticks in my mind eighteen months or so after I read it which is why I decided finally to Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 give Ingenious Pain a try Yet I finished Pure with a feeling of slight frustration I felt Miller had created a truly wondrous novelistic scenario and then not uite known what to do with it None of the characters really engaged or convinced me and there was areat deal in both plot and characterization that seemed contrived Ingenious Pain I liked much I didn t think it was flawless what novel is but it s a wonderful read Some critics have pointed out that it is derivative of Suskind s Perfume The Story of a Murderer in respect of its setting and subject matter but I don t have any problem with that Novels don t have to be absolutely original thematically They just have to be ood Ingenious Pain has a somewhat picaresue uality recalling novels in the period it is set mid eighteenth century We follow its hero or anti hero James Dyer born without the capacity for feel pain through a series of successive life episodes each with a or less distinctive cast list of surrounding characters his childhood in a small Somerset village his time as a fairground freak exploited by a conman his time as the captive of a wealthy collector with sinister scientific interests a period as a fashionable doctor in Bath etc Only fairly late in the novel when we recoup a set of characters from the opening seuence set after Dyer s death does this linear paratactic structure yield to something unified and integrated This can be a tricky structure to manage for a modern novelist since there s always the danger that he will lose his readers along the way while making the transition to a new episode or scenario Ingenious Pain avoids this risk though or I found it did since the uality of the writing is so consistently excellent that it waltzes you through the transitions It is almost miraculous at points I tend towards the fast and furious as a reader but there were all kinds of sentences that stopped me in my tracks There s also an element of suspense as the older version of the Dyer character we meet at the beginning of the novel is so different from his younger incarnation that we are lured into reading on to discover how this metamorphosis is realized Both these factors took me through the only part of the novel that I found less convincing a brief epistolary episode constructed to whisk us through a portion of Dyer s life Miller clearly did not want to narrate in detail I wasn t a reat fan of a later episode set in Bedlam but that was a matter of personal taste than a drop in the uality of the writingAlthough THERE IS SOME MAGNIFICENT WRITING IN THE CHILDHOOD EPISODE is some magnificent writing in the childhood episode in a tour de force description of Catherine the Great s palace in St Petersburg I think the parts of the novel I liked best were those set in Devon at the beginning and the end of the novel The character of Julius Lestrade is uite wonderful he s an effective foil to Dyer as sensible in the eighteenth century sense as Dyer is insensible but to my s an effective foil to Dyer as sensible in the eighteenth century sense as Dyer is insensible but to my at least he transcended his role in the novel s play of ideas I wouldn t have thought on the basis of the other novels I had read by Miller that he was capable of creating such a believable and engaging figure I m not always enraptured with metaliterary jokes but there s a very Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) good one at the end of this one about the difficulty of ending a novel which may also be something of a literary true confession if Pure is anything too by I found myself wondering whether there was something metaliterary Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide going on also in the Lestrade Dyer relationship Do novelists need to possess both the cold forensic eye of pre crisis Dyer and the warm empathizing sensibility of Lestrade If so I think Miller has the balance near perfect in this first novel I wonder whether he has ever found it since This isn t technically a review because I m afraid I abandoned the book about a third of the way through I just couldn t finish it I bought it on the strength of the author s novel Pure which I thoroughly enjoyed and which fascinated me on a intellectual level and moved me emotionally There was a main character I could identify with and a plot that had tension For me both of those were missing from this bookThis book has won prizes I can see that it does have beautiful prose but I wanted something I can see too that it does portray aspects of C18th life and for some that may be interest enough For me neither of these aspects can compensate for a non compelling story I can see that if you take the book as a whole which I can t but I ve read the reviews so I know how it ends there is a major degree of development in the character and plot towards the end but there wasn t enough plot in the foreground to keep me reading and Iot bored waitingApart from the flatness of the story I have problems with the main character He is strange He is conceived in a the story I have problems with the main character He is strange He is conceived in a way His strangeness is stated but never explained at least in the parts I managed to read I was unwilling to accept this I wanted convincing And I can see that the character s emotional isolation and lack of engagement may have been a deliberate ploy on behalf of the author to reflect his separation from the society around him but it also had the effect of me being able to keep him at arms length Without a ripping plot I was content to leave the C18th detail and the beautiful prose and let him be. Assion than pain Until en route to St Petersburg to inoculate the Empress Catherine against smallpox he meets his nemesis and saviour. .

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Ved to feel myself beloved on earth Raymond CarverI have to agree with a few other people and say that it s a combo of historical fiction and fantasy The ending was a bit sudden and disappointing but overall I enjoyed it Lyrical and sometimes rim I recently heard an interview with Andrew Miller on the radio he was speaking about his last book Pure which was just published here in translation He was an interesting and elouent speaker and Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 got me interested in reading his book but then I remembered about Ingenious Pain and that I ve had this book on my shelf for over four yearsI mlad that I heard this interview as it reminded me of why I became interested in this author and why I bought this book in the first place Ingenious Pain is Andrew Miller s debut but you wouldn t Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More guess it from reading it This is a very well written novel even lyrical at moments and does areat job at conveying the atmosphere and language of the eighteenth century in which it is set and the mood of its various locales with the developing ideas of science and the uietly present belief in magic Ingenious Pain begins at the end with an autopsy of its main character James Dyer Through a post mortem dissection of his body his former friends want to understand his curious and incredible condition the total inability to feel physical pain The novel then backtracks in time non linearly through Dyer s life from his strange and disturbing conception his beginnings as a freak who is immune to pain his own and that of others and his rise as a surgeon Dyer is cold and indifferent towards and uncaring for his patients but talented and and effective in his work which Classic Rough News gains him an international renown and will lead him through the murky and cold lands of central and eastern Europe to the depths of Russia where he will serve the Empress herself and will meet a woman who will prove to be his ultimate curse and salvation What does the world need most aood ordinary man or one who is outstanding albeit with a heart of ice is asked by one of Dyer s friends late in the book and stands at its center what makes a man How can a person be than a total sum of their organs Ingenious Pain is a lingering evocative book and one I m Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) glad to have finally read and now I look forward to reading of Andrew Miller s work Not exactly a title that says pick me up and buy me but nevertheless a very richly detailed novel set in 18th century England one that really made me feel what it must have been like to be alive then Too many beautifully worded descriptions to repeat here but here s one on a new born calf Alorious sight The cow s expanse of tongue licking the calf and the calf itself trembling delicately stunned by its passage into the air The story is about a man who is born without the ability to feel pain and who has absolutely no empathy for others He is extremely intelligent As a young boy he leaves what is left of his family after a smallpox epidemic becomes a side As a young boy he leaves what is left of his family after a smallpox epidemic becomes a side freak then part of a collection of freaks assembled by an important scientist then a ship s surgeon in the navy then a highly successful doctor and finally a madman and a tramp after meeting a mysterious ypsy woman who somehow makes Him Like Everyone Else The like everyone else The opens with a rotesue autopsy on his corpse the rest is back story Some very sympathetically drawn characters but I never really ot where the story was Going Or Understood Why or understood why was written in the first place There were some solecisms using lie instead of lay the reverse of the usual mistake and sit instead of set Miller also used discomforted when I m almost certain he meant discomfited On the other hand thanks to his to me odd usage I looked up pragmatic in Johnson s dictionary and found that in the 18th century it meant meddling busy in other peoples business without leave Hard to imagine that in only 75 years it developed its present meaning But Miller s sometimes beautiful sometimes rotesue always rich descriptions never added up to a whole for me Mid 5 This is a sublime achievement for a debut novel as Miller has not only created a tour de force of historical fiction but has also captured the essence of the period of the Enlightenement with on the one hand its heady mix of scientific enuiry and heightened awareness of the wider world to be explored and on the other the underlying cruelty and barbarity which still anchored society to the superstitions and practices of Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen's Bureau to Workfare gthe past James Dyer is a masterful creation with which to vividly bring the contradictions of this age to life As such the singular capacity of being insensate to pain with which he is either blessed or cursed is shrouded in the shadowy details surrounding his birth and yet enables him to distinguish himself in the pursuit of medical advancement Thus the reader is able to accompany him through the fantastic andhoulish worlds of the travelling uack and private collector of freakish curiosities the bawdry colourful atmosphere of eighteenth century Georgian England the blood and conquest and community:the afterlife of warrior saint ghazi miyan gore faced by the naval surgeon the anatomical and surgical practices of the medical professionals of the day and the court of Catherine the Great of Russia His clinical detachment has allowed him to become so renowned that he is invited to participate in a cross continent race to be the first to treat the magisterial Russian empress At the end of this odyssey Dyer meets the mysterious Maria with magical healing powers who teaches him love and therefore pain As he experieneces the passions and torments he was once shielded from he becomes mortal and capable of redemption I think I was first alerted to Andrew Miller as a novelist when I read admiring reviews of Ingenious Pain his first novel but I somehow didn tet round to reading the book instead I read a couple of his later books Oxygen and the Es through the ranks of Georgian society to become a brilliant surgeon Yet as a human being he fails for he can no feel love and comp.