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Author Name:    GIBSON, Graeme

Title:   Perpetual Motion. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed

Publisher:    Toronto, 1982, 

Seller ID:   34474

GIBSON, Graeme. Perpetual Motion. (Toronto) : McClelland and Stewart, (1982). First Edition. Pp (12),13-283,(5). 8vo, orange and tan cloth. Spadoni & Donnelly 3339. The fourth novel by Mr Gibson (b. August 9, 1934, London, Ont). "Perpetual Motion.is a rowdy yet elegant tour de force. Set in southernOntario in the late nineteenth century, at a time when the passenger pigeo n is fading fast and the machine age is coming into its own, it chronicles the fortunes of settler Robert Fraser, a man obsessed with the desire for power and control. Driven by the idea of inventing a perpetual motion machine which will run on the same energy that moves the planets, he neglects anddestroys not only his family, but the nature around him , until finally hi s overbearing rationality becomes a kind of tragic lunacy. This is the story of a place and its sometimes grotesque inhabitants and of an age when faith in material progress is undermined by the lingering beliefs in the magical, the portentous and the superstitions which underlie Ontario's Methodistfacade. Details, from the astonish slaughter of wild pigeons to Tornto who rehouses and public hangings, are sharply observed; but despite its use of history Perpetual Motion is far from the standard 'historical novel'. It draws its energy from such vernacular traditions as the tall tale, the rural kitchen-table anecdote, the bawdy joke, and the ghost story." - from front dj flap." Vg-fine in dj. Signed. 30.00


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