By Stacy Carlson
In 1842 Phineas T. Barnum is a tender guy, freshly arrived in big apple and nonetheless unknown to the realm. With uncanny self assurance and impeccable timing, he transforms a dusty typical historical past museum right into a nice ark for public mind's eye. Barnum's museum, with its human wonders and outstanding reside animal menagerie, rises to develop into not just the nation's hottest appeal, but in addition a catalyst that ushers the USA out of a tradition of glassed-in indicates and into the fashionable age of entertainment.
In this kaleidoscopic atmosphere, the tales of 2 compelling characters are dropped at lifestyles. Emile Guillaudeu is the museum's grumpy taxidermist, who's horrified via the chaotic swap Barnum brings to his cherished establishment. Ana quick is a qualified giantess tormented by persistent discomfort and jaded through an international of gawkers. the variations among those are many: one is remoted and spends his operating hours making lifeless issues glance alive, whereas the opposite has humans pushing opposed to her, and reacting to her, on a daily basis. yet they either stream towards switch, one opposed to his will, propelled by means of a paradigm shift occurring even if he likes it or now not, and the opposite simply because she is suffering to outlive. in lots of shapes and kinds, metamorphosis is on the center of Among the Wonderful. Its tale weaves a global the place higher new york remains to be untrammeled wasteland, the 5 issues is on the peak of its bloody glory, and in the partitions of Barnum's museum, old tribal feuds play out in the middle of an not going neighborhood of marvels.
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Once he was safely inside he moved to the opposite end of his cluttered workroom, past the piles of crates that had been arriving steadily and delivered, unfortunately, to his door. He paused before the skin of the owl, Asio flammeus, which hung, splay-winged, from hooks in the wall. The skull-less hood of its head remained erect above the pinned wings. He ran a finger along the banded brown primary feathers. It had taken him several days to identify the bird. He’d bought it at an auction and knew it came from arctic Norway, but its tags contained nothing legible except the words BOG OWL.
Guillaudeu did not mind this diminutive view of earth, although this exhibit had caused a ripple of controversy when Scudder unveiled it. Nor was he bothered by what the rendering made obvious: Any notion of the heft and volume of the highest mountain range, or the deepest oceanic trench, was a simple illusion. The planet hung without an anchor, free and unprotected in the void, susceptible to cosmic forces of which man could never conceive. The only thing that unnerved Guillaudeu in this vista was the tiny sailing ship dangling alongside earth, positioned by a delicate filament as if it had caught a trade wind straight out into the universe and then wheeled around to take a good look homeward.
4. )–History–1775-1865– Fiction. I. Title. 6–dc22 2011015162 This novel is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. 1 For Jason and Djuna Contents Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication Prologue Ark of the City Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six She Stands Up Again Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Lusus Naturae Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen Chapter Twenty She Stands Up Again Chapter Twenty-one Chapter Twenty-two Chapter Twenty-three Chapter Twenty-four Chapter Twenty-five Chapter Twenty-six On New York Island Chapter Twenty-seven Chapter Twenty-eight Chapter Twenty-nine Chapter Thirty Chapter Thirty-one She Stands Up Again Chapter Thirty-two Chapter Thirty-three Chapter Thirty-four Chapter Thirty-five Chapter Thirty-six Spira Mirabilis Chapter Thirty-seven Chapter Thirty-eight Chapter Thirty-nine Chapter Forty Chapter Forty-one Chapter Forty-two Chapter Forty-three Chapter Forty-four Chapter Forty-five She Stands Up Again Chapter Forty-six Chapter Forty-seven Chapter Forty-eight Chapter Forty-nine Chapter Fifty Chapter Fifty-one Chapter Fifty-two Chapter Fifty-three Chapter Fifty-four Chapter Fifty-five Chapter Fifty-six Chapter Fifty-seven Chapter Fifty-eight Metamorphosis Chapter Fifty-nine Chapter Sixty The Congress and the Conflagration Chapter Sixty-one Chapter Sixty-two Chapter Sixty-three Chapter Sixty-four Chapter Sixty-five Chapter Sixty-six Acknowledgments Prologue Ana’s Passage The water below did not surge or recoil.
Among the Wonderful by Stacy Carlson