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Salamander (2001) [Novel]
by Thomas Wharton Rating: Weighted - 6.3 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (3 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

"That night, as the striking of the great clock reverberated though the draughty halls of the castle, Flood, in shirt and breeches, leaped barefoot, like a pirate boarding a gall, from his moving bed to Irena's. He found her sitting at the head with her arms around her knees, eyes glittering..."

In a spectacular gothic castle of mechanical revolving doors, moving floors and unstable staircases broods the Count Ostrov, obsessive collector of puzzles and stories. He charges Nicholas Flood, the English printer, with the task of creating an infinite book; a story with no beginning and no end. But when Nicholas meets the count's beautiful daughter Irena, a forbidden romance begins - and soon ends, as Nicolas is swiftly imprisoned in the castle's dungeon. Once free, he embarks on a perilous journey though Venice, Alexandria, China and Lonon, on a quest for knowledge, and into the path of greater danger...

Original title: Salamander
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionFantasyHistorical
FictionHistoricalEuropean18th Century

Edition #1: Salamander

Salamander (2001)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Everyday things blossom with wonder in Thomas Wharton’s Salamander… a vigorous, imaginative novel about the power of reading and invention. Each of the criss-crossing storylines is a cinematic epic on its own." Quill & Quire
  • "Wharton’s poetic passages betray a slow flame beneath the cool prose, a raw intense curiosity which fascinates and lays everything bare." Ottawa Citizen
  • "Wharton writes with a prose style as clear as glacial waters, tempered with brilliant imagery and lucid dialogue." Calgary Herald
  • "A beautifully written, old-fashioned read: a cross between Alice in Wonderland and The Lord of the Rings." Irish Independent
  • "Poetic, beguiling... a quest for the Perfect Book that this wonder-tale records, and likewise exemplifies." Guardian
  • "A magical tale of books and riddles, castles and countesses" Elle
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Salamander (August 2002)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Washington Square Press
ISBN: 0743444159
Pages: 368

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