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The System of the World (2004)

di Neal Stephenson

Altri autori: Nick Springer (Cartographer)

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Serie: The Baroque Cycle (Vol. III, Books 6-8)

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England, 1714. London has long been home to a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint and closet alchemist, Isaac Newton, and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner. Hostilities are suddenly moving to a new and more volatile level as Half-Cocked Jack hatches a daring plan, aiming for the total corruption of Britain's newborn monetary system. Enter Daniel Waterhouse: Aging Puritan and Natural Philosopher, Daniel has been on a long and harrowing quest to help mend the rift between adversarial geniuses. As Daniel combs city and country for clues to the identity of the blackguard who is attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers, political factions jockey for position while awaiting the impending death of the ailing queen, and the "holy grail" of alchemy, the key to life eternal, tantalizes and continues to elude Isaac Newton. As Newton, Waterhouse, and Shaftoe each circle closer to the object of Daniel's quest, everything that was will be changed forever. . . . " Stephenson has] managed to give Middle Earth a run for its money." -- Janet Maslin, New York Times "Stephenson spent nearly two thousand pages setting his convergent plots in motion, and they all collide brilliantly in the third and final installment of his Baroque Cycle. . . . Historical fiction was never this much fun -- or this successful." -- Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)… (altro)
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I loved it. Now that I've finished i will be depressed till I find something that grabs me as much as this series. ( )
  NachoSeco | Oct 10, 2022 |
I'm going to miss this series. ( )
  cypher2048 | Oct 12, 2021 |
As a whole, a slower finish to the trilogy than I'd expected, and in true Neal Stephenson fashion, the actual ending was more abrupt than I'd have liked... but still, I set this one down sorry to have it over. Way too clever in places, but I expected nothing less from him. Now I have to go and look to see what parts of the setting were historically accurate and which were made up. ( )
  qBaz | May 28, 2021 |
Wonderful book. This series is a multi-faceted jewel of historical and technological trends through the Baroque period. The combination of interesting original and historical characters draws you in and captivates you with their shared history and evolution. ( )
  jugglebird | Feb 18, 2021 |
First of all, wow! Feels good to have finally put a cap on these books after years of them glaring at me from book-baskets and shelves.

We're back to the three-books-in-one structure of Quicksilver, although the point of view hops around all over the place. The first and the last are incredibly enjoyable -- Solomon's Gold relates Daniel Waterhouse's return to Europe and conscription into Isaac Newton's efforts to capture Jack Shaftoe, now a criminal mastermind destroying the new currency that has been built up in the past two books. It's half political thriller, half Ocean's 11 (as Jack's storyline focuses on a spectacular break-in at the Tower of London). The final portion of the book (before a hefty set of epilogues), with the same title as the novel as a whole, splits its time between Jack's date with destiny at the hands of Jack Ketch, and Isaac and Daniel's date with destiny as the new King of England assesses the coins Newton has been churning out.

The middle bit, Currency, sort of defies description, but not in a good way -- there are some amusing parts as Daniel tries, again, to capture Shaftoe, and a spectacular showdown between Shaftoe and the villainous Father de Gex (who I was certain was a real person -- nice job, Stephenson), but ultimately it feels like Stephenson shunting around the major players like pieces on a board to line them up for the grand finale.

So, the question naturally arises: did Stephenson pull this off -- a three book, probably three-thousand-page trek through the dawn of modern science, economics, etc.? I'd say the answer is "pretty much" -- there are some big dropped threads along the way (namely Eliza, and her efforts to abolish slavery in England -- they feel like they were cut from this book, as Stephenson gets really close to going somewhere but then fails to deliver), but The Baroque Cycle is quite the ride and may (wonder of wonders) end up matching my all-time favorite Cryptonomicon for laughs, thrills, and deep dives into things never really thought about by most. Definitely recommended. Pack a lunch. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Neal Stephenson spent nearly 2,000 pages setting his convergent plots into motion in The System of the World, and they all collide brilliantly in the third and final installment of his Baroque Cycle.
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Stephenson, Nealautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Springer, NickCartographerautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Aquan, RichardProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Gräbener-Müller, JulianeÜbersetzerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Maestro, Laura HartmanGlobe illustrationautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Sarkar, ShubhaniDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Stingl, NikolausÜbersetzerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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But first whom shall we send
In search of this new world, whom shall we find
Sufficient? Who shall tempt with wandring feet
The dark unbottom'd infinite Abyss
And through the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight
Upborn with indefatigable wings
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy Ile...
— Milton, Paradise Lost
There was the usual amount of corruption, intimidation, and rioting.

— Sir Charles Petrie, describing a Parliamentary election of the era.
It remains that, from the same principles, I now demonstrate the frame of the System of the World.

— Newton, Principia Mathematica
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This is the third volume of the three-volume edition. Please don't combine with the eighth volume of the eight-volume edition with the same title.
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England, 1714. London has long been home to a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint and closet alchemist, Isaac Newton, and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner. Hostilities are suddenly moving to a new and more volatile level as Half-Cocked Jack hatches a daring plan, aiming for the total corruption of Britain's newborn monetary system. Enter Daniel Waterhouse: Aging Puritan and Natural Philosopher, Daniel has been on a long and harrowing quest to help mend the rift between adversarial geniuses. As Daniel combs city and country for clues to the identity of the blackguard who is attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers, political factions jockey for position while awaiting the impending death of the ailing queen, and the "holy grail" of alchemy, the key to life eternal, tantalizes and continues to elude Isaac Newton. As Newton, Waterhouse, and Shaftoe each circle closer to the object of Daniel's quest, everything that was will be changed forever. . . . " Stephenson has] managed to give Middle Earth a run for its money." -- Janet Maslin, New York Times "Stephenson spent nearly two thousand pages setting his convergent plots in motion, and they all collide brilliantly in the third and final installment of his Baroque Cycle. . . . Historical fiction was never this much fun -- or this successful." -- Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

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