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Sixteen-year-old Jacques Rebière is living a humble life in rural France, studying butterflies and frogs by candlelight in his bedroom. Across the Channel, in England, the playful Thomas Midwinter, also sixteen, is enjoying a life of ease — and is resigned to follow his father's wishes and pursue a career in medicine.

A fateful seaside meeting four years later sets the two young men on a profound course of friendship and discovery; they will become pioneers in the burgeoning field of psychiatry. But when a female patient at the doctors' Austrian sanatorium becomes dangerously ill, the two men's conflicting diagnosis threatens to divide them — and to undermine all their professional achievements. From the bestselling author of Birdsong comes this masterful novel that ventures to answer challenging questions of consciousness and science, and what it means to be human.

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"What if Freud had never lived? Our everyday explanations of motives — repression, defensiveness — might differ. Novels might contain less stream-of-consciousness narration. But sexual intercourse would still have begun, as Philip Larkin put it in a much-quoted line, in 1963. And psychiatry might be right where it is today.

This last claim is at the heart of Sebastian Faulks' ambitious... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"A collage of science, ideas, romance, and adventure....Fascinating." The Boston Globe

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"Epic in scope, yet suffused with intimate emotions, Sebastian Faulks' seventh novel is one of those rare works of fiction that satisfies on every level." Chicago Tribune

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"Faulks' substantial research is gracefully integrated into the plot. The characters are complex and engrossing, and the theories of the time are presented lucidly and compellingly.....A leisurely, enjoyable read...always credible and humane." Rocky Mountain News

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"Passages of gruesome and thrilling anatomical detail and episodes of medical casework [make Human Traces] read like the best detective fiction." USA Today

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"Though the work is somewhat confined by the period framework, Faulks paints a tableux of 19th-century life that is remarkably revealing. Epic in scope, this is an imaginative look at the rise of medicine for the mind." Kirkus Reviews

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"[An] enjoyable and edifying literary achievement." Library Journal

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From the bestselling author of Birdsong comes this masterful novel of love and science in the 19th century.

About the Author

Sebastian Faulks's six previous novels include Birdsong (1993), Charlotte Gray (2000), The Girl at the Lion d'Or (1989), and On Green Dolphin Street (2001). He is also the author of a biographical study, The Fatal Englishman (1996). He lives in London, is married and has two sons and a daughter.

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9780375704574
Author:
Faulks, Sebastian
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History
Subject:
Psychiatrists
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Europe History 1871-1918.
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
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Vintage International
Publication Date:
March 2008
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
672
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7.90x5.20x1.10 in. 1.07 lbs.

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"Review" by , "A collage of science, ideas, romance, and adventure....Fascinating."
"Review" by , "Epic in scope, yet suffused with intimate emotions, Sebastian Faulks' seventh novel is one of those rare works of fiction that satisfies on every level."
"Review" by , "Faulks' substantial research is gracefully integrated into the plot. The characters are complex and engrossing, and the theories of the time are presented lucidly and compellingly.....A leisurely, enjoyable read...always credible and humane."
"Review" by , "Passages of gruesome and thrilling anatomical detail and episodes of medical casework [make Human Traces] read like the best detective fiction."
"Review" by , "Though the work is somewhat confined by the period framework, Faulks paints a tableux of 19th-century life that is remarkably revealing. Epic in scope, this is an imaginative look at the rise of medicine for the mind."
"Review" by , "[An] enjoyable and edifying literary achievement."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of Birdsong comes this masterful novel of love and science in the 19th century.
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