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The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 2) (udgave 2004)

af Neal Stephenson

Serier: The Baroque Cycle (Vol. II, Books 4-5)

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It is the late 1600s on the high seas. A group of Barbary galley slaves plot as they ply the oars of a pirate ship. These ten men - unfortunates from around the world impressed into servitude - have heard whispers of an enormous cache of Spanish gold. Together, they hatch a daring scheme - escape their chains, seize a ship, and find the treasure. And, amazingly, they succeed - leaving some very unhappy men behind who vow to hunt down the vagabonds and bring them to justice, no matter the cost. Meanwhile, back in France . . . The beautiful Eliza, toast of Versailles and spy extraordinaire, attempts to return to London with her baby, a child whose paternity is shrouded in mystery. As she makes her way home from the Continent, her ship is stopped by a French privateer - and she is returned to the Sun King's court. Thrown back into a web of international intrigue, Eliza must contend with all manner of characters, including buccaneers, poisoners, Jesuits, financial manipulators, and ever the stray cryptographer or two.-In this hugely ambitious, profoundly compelling adventure, Neal Stephenson brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters in a time of breathtaking genius and discovery - men and women whose exploits defined an age known as the Baroque.… (mere)
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Titel:The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 2)
Forfattere:Neal Stephenson
Info:William Morrow (2004), Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Hardcover, 832 pages
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Neal Stephenson is clearly having the time of his life writing these books, and The Confusion continues on nicely.

It drops the "three books, each about a single character or pair of characters" structure from Quicksilver in favor of two books intermingled: Bonanza, following Jack's adventures following his being sold into slavery at the end of Quicksilver, and The Juncto, following Daniel and Eliza navigating European politics.

Bonanza is a tremendously fun adventure tale that stretches the boundaries of belief just enough to be consistently amusing. If I were to dock it any points, it would be that it suffers too much from -- as the last part of Quicksilver did -- Stephenson eliding large stretches of time in order to move the plot along. The ending is a little pat, but makes for a hell of a Stephensonian "slam cut to black" while also neatly answering the question of where Jack is at the beginning of Quicksilver.

The Juncto, like Odalisque before it, is choppy, but manages to improve on its predecessor. Daniel ends up being absent, or just glimpsed through his letters, for much of the story (reasonable, considering his surgery at the end of Quicksilver), and most of the focus goes to Eliza, who is shaping up into an interesting character.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this -- I actually think I'll bump Quicksilver to a 5 -- and I'm looking forward to finishing off The System of the World this fall. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
This is how you do historical fiction! A wide-ranging tale covering the history of royal families, court intrigue, early espionage and cryptography, scientific invention, finance, etc. Epic in every way. ( )
  donblanco | Jan 4, 2021 |
A continuation of Stephenson's fun series of Early Modern historical fiction, this one is set in the years after the Glorious Revolution. It also puts a lot more of its focus on the adventures of the vagabond Jack Shaftoe as opposed to the natural philosopher Daniel Waterhouse (mostly absent) and the political-financial intriguer Eliza. Jack's part of the novel is largely spent in various adventures in North Africa, India and beyond, with a somewhat surreal and Orientalist feel, as opposed to the European politics that grounded "Quicksilver," the first novel in the Baroque Cycle. I enjoyed "Quicksilver" more, but "The Confusion" was amusing enough in its own rights, and had some good moments in its latter half as elements came together with the flash-forward elements of the first novel. ( )
  dhmontgomery | Dec 13, 2020 |
Somehow this was far more enjoyable the second time around. I completely missed the wry humor the first time but found myself laughing out loud on the second read. ( )
  helenar238 | Oct 31, 2020 |
This book (like the entire Baroque Cycle) is going to take sometime to unpack in my brain. First uncooked impression is that it's better than Quicksilver, since it has a single (well two, con-fused) plot from the beginning to the end, which will link up with the third volume. We'll see, and most importantly we'll see if I can make heads or tails of this whole series at the very end.

REREAD:

Not only is this book both endlessly fascinating and horribly boring, it seems like the more boring parts are the most interesting parts. The half with all the action and swordfighting and vagabonding (Bonanza) I found skipping over to get to the endless letters between European nobles talking about politics and finance (Juncto). I also forgot how funny some of the book can be, in a very dry sort of way. It's good. ( )
  Raykoda3 | Sep 25, 2020 |
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It is the late 1600s on the high seas. A group of Barbary galley slaves plot as they ply the oars of a pirate ship. These ten men - unfortunates from around the world impressed into servitude - have heard whispers of an enormous cache of Spanish gold. Together, they hatch a daring scheme - escape their chains, seize a ship, and find the treasure. And, amazingly, they succeed - leaving some very unhappy men behind who vow to hunt down the vagabonds and bring them to justice, no matter the cost. Meanwhile, back in France . . . The beautiful Eliza, toast of Versailles and spy extraordinaire, attempts to return to London with her baby, a child whose paternity is shrouded in mystery. As she makes her way home from the Continent, her ship is stopped by a French privateer - and she is returned to the Sun King's court. Thrown back into a web of international intrigue, Eliza must contend with all manner of characters, including buccaneers, poisoners, Jesuits, financial manipulators, and ever the stray cryptographer or two.-In this hugely ambitious, profoundly compelling adventure, Neal Stephenson brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters in a time of breathtaking genius and discovery - men and women whose exploits defined an age known as the Baroque.

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