[PDF KINDLE] The Alchymist's Journal Author Evan S. Connell

Bonnard kIon I was hoping for a biographical coverage of Paracelsus see next post but this was a novel about the varying reception of Paracelsus an iconoclast physician who challenged Galen et alia Paracelsus had some amazingly prescient views including an understanding of occupational illness in miners He might be an advised term there are rumors of Paracelsus being a eunuch contradicted by baldness in his portraits A grave reputed to be of Paracelsus revealed a skeleton with ambiguous features time to read Middlesex Regardless Paracelsus wasnown to be a celibate perhaps because he treated so

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cases of with a drug competing with the Fuggers who had a monopoly on some useless bark from with the Fuggers who had a monopoly on some useless bark from They suppressed Paracelsus experimental findings against the BARK PARACELSUS CURE WAS MERCURY A CURE WHICH LASTED Paracelsus cure was mercury a cure which lasted the time of Lewis and Clarke expeditions to the point that their encampments can be traced by mercury found in their privies Paracelsus was nown to sleep with a sword perhaps to ward off the many enemies he made denouncing standard medical practices in Europe To put Paracelsus in historical context he was a contemporary of Erasmus and contended with Luther many of whose followers were uite fond of Paracelsian teachings My first introduction to Paracelsus was at 14 reading Henry Pachter s Magic into Science The Story of Paraclesus which is sort of like scaling the literary Himalayas One gasps for breath at the length of the sentences the repercussive logic etc Good training for anyone who reads source documentation in alchemy and also for anyone who studies period documents take a long walk before writing lest your prose reflect the sourc. Ead into gold these imagined contemplations of medieval alchemists transmute into a modern relevant book filled with sublime wisdom hope and healing philosophy A work of high uncompromising art in which thought is the real alchemy The Alchemist's Journal is an acute yet forgiving study of humanity by on of America's greatest write.

Evan S. Connell î 1 REVIEW

Rge from this book dazed written richly and densely as if translated from 16th Century documents with few concessions to the present day and hardly any plot Helpfully but ominously North Point Press supplies a 21 page booklet outlining the historical context and defining obscure words Overwrought prose ominously reuiring cliff notes to even attempt to read And hardly any plot is way too prose ominously reuiring cliff *Notes To Even Attempt To Read And Hardly Any Plot *to even attempt to read And hardly any plot way too ominously reuiring cliff notes to even attempt to read And hardly any plot is way too Make that no plot not to mention no characters And dazed should be stupified with boredom Don t pay attention when Publishers Weekly says it still commands thoughtful attention It does not Just skip this Beautiful writing a compelling and complex project exuisitely wroughtbored the hell out of me Points for language and what Connell has taken on minus points for being something I had to force myself to get through over a period of about a year At least I learned during the process of enforced reading that I apparently need narrative than I thought I did in order to give a crap about a book Joyce s Finnegans Wake is rife with narrative by comparison Was a painful slog through to a bitter end But the language really is gorgeous And the scope of the project and the skill with which Connell completes it are impressive So while I technically didn t actually LIKE it I respect and admire it enough to still give it three stars soboring Lyrical like reading poetry than any sort of coherent discussion of the topic I recall both Canfora on the Alexandrian library Ginzburg s The Cheeese and the Worms Canfora is sort of poetic history but very well written Ginzburg is about the problems of reception if you don t have the same references as the documents and read in seclus. S physician a Christian historian a revolutionary and a philosopher Each offers a uniue lens for viewing Paracelsus alchemy and the worldAs in Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose the mystery and occult texture of a historical setting come eerily alive Though ancient in style the voices of Connell's diarists are trenchantly clear Like .

Couldn t even make it to page 10 I absolutely detested this book It was so boring and pointless to me I skipped a bit when I couldn t bear a particular section I can get why some people wouldn t enjoy couldn t bear a particular section I can get why some people wouldn t enjoy It s pretty obscure doesn t have a clear narrative etc Not unlike Connell s two prose poemfractured fictions Points for a Compass Rose and Notes from a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel it offers a lot of anecdotes factsnon factspseudo facts and historical weirdness all of which is fine with me In lieu of a story there s a historical scenario a tradition of thought and a central figure around which the writing revolves in shifting perspectives All in all it deals with something in which I m already interested and does so in a manner with which I m already comfortable therefore I uite enjoyed it edited should read this stuff before posting haha I think this book is a joke A well nown and highly regarded judging from back cover uotes author decides to write a totally unreadable book and see what happens The only words I could use to describe this narrative are too unpleasantly scatological so I ll leave it at that I don t usually read reviews before posting my own but I was so dumbfounded by the fact that this had even been published that I had to
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how it received I only found two but they are rather telling Publishers Weekly writes sometimes overwrought prose that seems to have sprung from the late Middle Ages If his novel comes off as hermetic a failed alchemical experiment Michael Harris in the LA Times writes a novelist whose previous books have been highly accessible can try something experimental readers who follow are likely to eme. In a fictional tour de force of rich historical re creation and spectacular prose Evan Connell imagines the journals of seven alchemists Paracelsus the famous sixteenth century alchemist begins the remarkably musical narration which then continues from the point of view of by turns a devout novice an elderly skeptic a conscientiou. The Alchymist's Journal