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Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 031647763X
A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth : Stories
A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth : Stories
by Mason, Daniel
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A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth : Stories

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Mason follows three novels, including The Winter Soldier (2018), with a collection of mind-stretching historical short stories. Each narrator is in danger or under grave stress and at odds with society. Pinpoint physical details and precisely articulated emotions collide with the mystical, while scientific quests drive characters to extremes. A mother whose son is sickened by London's poisonous fogs finds an improbable rescue in an article about ferns. Psammetichus I of ancient Egypt conducts alarming nature versus nurture experiments with children. A French woman balloonist sees what appears to be a "rent in the heavens." With transporting empathy and feverish intensity, Mason portrays the brilliant naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who trustingly shared his theory of evolution with Darwin. Sheer wonder shapes the title story, a poetic homage to the Brazilian self-taught artist Arthur Bispo do Rosário, who created a Registry for God out of resplendent assemblages of cast-off objects and embroideries during his 50 years in a psychiatric institution. With touches of Borges and Calvino, Mason's fabulist stories are works of tenderness and awe for human curiosity, passion, mad valor, and profound resiliency.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 031647763X
A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth : Stories
A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth : Stories
by Mason, Daniel
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Mason's melodious, introspective collection (after The Winter Soldier) locates startling depth in a series of engrossing character studies. In the opener, "Death of the Pugilist, or The Famous Battle of Jacob Burke & Blindman McGraw," a thoughtful stevedore in 1820s England becomes a champion fighter ("Burke spent a good deal of time wondering... about how a hitter could be a good man"). In "The Miraculous Discovery of Psammetichus I," a curious pharaoh conducts cruel experiments on children to solve the mysteries of human behavior. In other stories, a desperate mother strives to save her severely asthmatic son in coal-choked Victorian London, a doctor loses his very self to a strange doppelgänger, and a French telegraph operator deep in the Amazon finds a strange sort of companionship. In "The Ecstasy of Alfred Russel Wallace," Mason imagines a scientist's thoughts while he waits in vain for a reply to a letter he's written to Darwin outlining his ideas about natural selection. The title story is a standout, rendered in the form of a madman's ravings, in which a gifted writer is compelled to obsessively catalogue every poignant piece of human existence. Mason is a brilliant wordsmith ("he looked upon the world, and what he saw was not life, but life transforming, sprouting sharper fangs and nectaries of ever sweeter nectar, taking flight as color danced kaleidoscopically across her wings"), and respectful of his readers by not giving away too much. Each story is informed and deepened by scientific inquisitiveness, and rewards readers with understated philosophical insight. This showcases Mason's wide range and mastery of lyrical precision. (May)

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by Mason, Daniel
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In remarkable stories rooted in the past, mostly 19th-century England, Mason (The Winter Soldier) explores the beauty and limitations of science while revealing illuminating moments in his characters' lives. A "species man" wandering the world marvels at the rich diversity of his growing collection, ignorant of how his work has affected Charles Darwin. A young, widowed mother whose ailing son cannot be helped by the great doctors brought in by her brother-in-law finds her own solution with a gardener's help. And a bare-knuckles fighter battling for his life achieves an astonishing moment of freedom that carries him beyond thought and gore. VERDICT Eye-opening stories rendered in precise, beauteous language; highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]


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