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  • ISBN: 009179692X
  • Author: Sebastian Faulks
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; First Edition edition (2005)
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I. AN EVENING MIST, salted by the western sea, was gathering on the low hills – reed-spattered rises running up from the rocks then back into the gorse- and bracken-covered country – and on to the roads that joined the villages, where lamps and candles flickered behind the shutters of the grey stone houses. 233. 0. Published: 2005.

Home Sebastian Faulks Human Traces. One of the advantages of his disease, he thought, would presumably turn out to be that you could read your favourite books again and again, and each time would be the first. Certainly, nothing of Humboldt’s story seemed familiar

Home Sebastian Faulks Human Traces. Certainly, nothing of Humboldt’s story seemed familiar. There was a knock on the door, and Daisy put her head round it.

In Human Traces – a terrific title – Faulks emerges as a writer of muscle – with affinities to great Europeans: Thomas Mann, Balzac, Stendhal. The novel’s canvas is spacious, ranging from rural England, to Paris, to Austria, to California, to Africa, the cast of characters encompassing, the themes unashamedly philosophical, the whole enterprise gloriously large. The story begins in the 1870s with the lives of two young men: Jacques Rebière, a peasant’s son in Brittany, and Thomas Midwinter, a merchant’s son in Lincolnshire. Jacques has a naturally scientific turn of mind, in which he is encouraged by the help of the local priest.

You are late for dinner, Doctor. At the end of June' Thomas received a telegram. He wired a reply at once, inviting her to come to the Schloss. He wired a reply at once, inviting her to come to the Schloss fer her work there, he thought, but wanted to see how Jacques would respond to her presence. He had a delicate course to steer: he did not wish to humiliate or enrage Jacques, but he did want him to understand the gravity of his error

Date- 2004-09-22 Sebastian Faulks's books include A Possible Life, Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Engleby, Birdsong and the number one bestseller A Week in December. Sebastian Faulks was born in April 1953. He was brought up in Newbury, Berkshire

Date- 2004-09-22 Sebastian Faulks's books include A Possible Life, Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Engleby, Birdsong and the number one bestseller A Week in December. He was brought up in Newbury, Berkshire.

Epic in scope, yet suffused with intimate emotions, Sebastian Faulks' seventh novel is one of those rare works of fiction that satisfies on every level.

Only 9 left in stock (more on the way). Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Epic in scope, yet suffused with intimate emotions, Sebastian Faulks' seventh novel is one of those rare works of fiction that satisfies on every level. Complex and engrossing. A leisurely, enjoyable read. always credible and humane.

Sebastian Faulks's ambitious study of psychiatry in its infancy, Human Traces, pushes the novel to its very limits, says . Human Traces is replete with interesting ideas and contains some exceptionally fine topographic writing.

Sebastian Faulks's ambitious study of psychiatry in its infancy, Human Traces, pushes the novel to its very limits, says Jane Stevenson. However, with respect to the usual pleasures of fiction, the reader sometimes feels a little short-changed. There is a superb passage in which we are suddenly drawn into Olivier's tortured consciousness and forced to perceive the yelling chorus that gets between him and the outer world.

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Human Traces is his most ambitious novel yet. It begins in 1870, when his two heroes are 16, and moves through the . It begins in 1870, when his two heroes are 16, and moves through the First World War. Geographically, the book spans England, France, Austria and Africa, with a foray to America's west coast. Intellectually, it attempts a history of the mind sciences and madness, starting with the outcast's hovel, chains and straw, then moving. Surely characters as ambitious as Faulks's two creations would have trundled off to Vienna to hear Freud (not Fliess!), or at least exchanged a few letters? The world of mind-doctors was hardly vast.

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Comments: (7)
I found four themes in this book:

1. Lives of characters (5 stars). Enjoyed getting to know all the main characters - both the two psychiatrists, their wives, and the twin daughters of one couple and the son of the other. Although the opposing views of the two psychiatrists is an important aspect of this theme, I include that as a separate feature of the book rather than as character development. All the major characters are vividly portrayed, and seem quite real. Their life sagas held my interest, including the "illicit" love affair between two of the parties (no plot spoiler here, by revealing the participants), which some people found tawdry and/or unnecessary, but which I thought was a highly erotic, complex portrayal of sexual relations.

2. Development of psychiatry from the late 19th Century through the early 20th Century (4 stars), involving the sweeping transition from simply holding patients in an insane asylum to discovering and implementing various treatments. This subject itself could easily warrant 5 stars, but I sometimes found it difficult to follow developments. Since this isn't a textbook, that's no doubt okay - and of course improved treatment of the insane didn't follow a direct trajectory - but I sometimes had to circle back to pick up on how treatment was progressing.

3. Lectures (3 stars). Some of these presentations became tedious, although I did plow through all of them.

4. World War I and the participation of Jacques and Sonia's son, Daniel, in the conflict (5 stars). Although WW I occurs at the end of the book, and is not a central theme, I was taken by Faulks' ability to relate that conflict to the lives of all the characters, and to single out Daniel's experiences in the war.

Darwin vs. Freud; Africa; World War I; insane asylums; lives of Europeans during the late 19th Century - and more. Quite a bit to take on in a single book. Faulks does it well - although some aspects were better than others. In any case, I've read most of Faulks' books, rate them all highly, and am amazed at the range of topics he tackles.
So says Thomas Midwinter, the central character of this enthralling, sprawling novel by Sebastian Faulks. It follows the lives of two men, born in the 1860s, one from England and the other from France. For different reasons they each are interested in the way the human mind functions. They meet by chance around 1880, and charged with the idealism and ambition of youth and a late-nineteenth-century optimism about the power of science, they form a pact to discover the cause - and, surely then, the cure as well - of all forms of madness. Thomas Midwinter continues his education in England, culminating with a stint at a huge and monstrous insane asylum where the lunatics are warehoused. Jacques Rebière gets his education at the famous Salpêtrière in Paris. As "mad-doctors", they open a clinic in Paris, and then a sanatorium in Carinthia (Austria), which they operate until the outbreak of WWI. Along the way they get married, father children, have professional differences, and are visited by personal tragedy. The story ends around 1922.

HUMAN TRACES is a big, somewhat old-fashioned novel, of a type there are far too few these days. There is nothing "post-modern" about it. Two things stand out (as was also the case with the one other novel by Faulks that I have read, "A Week in December"). First is the grand, sweeping story, with plenty of human interest and dramatic episodes, including love affairs, tragic deaths, even an expedition to the jungles of East Africa and scenes of battle in WWI. Second, that story is also a platform for provocative ideas. If you turn off the thinking, inquisitive part of your mind and simply follow the novel for the story, wonderful though that story is, you will be missing many of the novel's pleasures.

Here, most of the provocative ideas involve the human mind, insanity, psychoanalysis, religion, human evolution, and the meaning of life in a world without God. (Incidentally, Freudian psychology and the Viennese school get a rough going-over from Faulks.)

One of the intriguing theories presented in the novel has to do with "hearing voices", the malady that plagues many schizophrenics. Faulks hypothesizes that once "hearing voices" was both common and a good thing. Witness Noah, Abraham, and Moses of the Old Testament. Similarly, in the "Iliad" the heroes received their instructions from the various individual and distinct voices of their many deities. As humans developed, concomitant with the development of writing, their brains evolved, their self-consciousness expanded and became increasingly refined, and most no longer heard voices. (Poetry and music "strike us with this awful longing for what once was ours", because they begin "in regions of the brain where once the gods made themselves heard.") Those who do "hear voices" - schizophrenics or psychotics - are either throwbacks or those who have suffered some sort of genetic mutation or misfortune. Darwinian theory of natural selection holds that people with that sort of handicap would slowly die out (saddled as they are with a reproductive disadvantage), unless the genetic flaw they suffer from is an evolutionarily ineradicable variant of the superior brain that gives most humans such an advantage in the world. Thus, "the same `genes' that drive us mad have made us human * * *. You cannot have humanity without psychosis." And thus, the mad - or many of them - bear a burden imposed by biology and genetics in order that the rest of us humans can be the sentient creatures we are.

But Faulks doesn't stop there. The overwhelming irony is that the super-refined consciousness of humans has now "robbed us of any privileged place in creation. There is no god and there is no consolation for us, only death." That leaves humans today with a dilemma: "To conceive of ourselves as fragmentary matter cohering for a millisecond between two eternities of darkness is very difficult, because our lives do not feel like that. Either, therefore, that is not the reality, or there is something wrong with the way that we register reality." To resolve that dilemma, HUMAN TRACES suggests, is the great task of the future, much as Thomas Midwinter and Jacques Rebière saw their challenge to be learning the way in which the human mind functions.

Throughout, the reader is comfortably ensconced in the hands of a very capable author. Though long (786 pages), the novel reads easily. It proceeds at a brisk pace, moving from episode to episode, sometimes skipping ahead by several years. The narrative perspective constantly shifts among the central characters. Faulks employs a variety of narrative techniques, including letters and several talks or lectures. There are a few missteps, including three instances of highly improbable coincidence (at least two too many such instances), but for me HUMAN TRACES was very satisfying. Were there only more novels like it.
Ive read this book twice. It's about ............two friends who start up an asylum in early 20th Century. It is so interesting. It begins in 1870, when the two men are 16, they meet and then their lives through the First World War. The book spans England, France, Austria and Africa, and the men go to North America as well. Intellectually, it looks at....' madness.' I will probably read it again too because of how he writes around it. I also like the introduction to Darwinian themes that are introduced and peppered through the book.

Because Sebastian Faulks is writing of these two men and how they both ....live their seperate days working together and in a business of an asylum throughout the years.
The novel was interesting for myself because I always like this type of novel where the author discusses ...."Psychotherapy....the history; the beginnings ....for a layperson like myself. I felt involved with these two men and their lives when they first met in France. As I remember, one travelled to England where his family lived before coming back to France to begin working with his friend. The novel writes of their lives together throughout the years.
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