What strange secret made rich, beautiful, tempestuous Bella Baxter irresistible to the poor Scottish medical student Archie McCandless?
Was it her mysterious origin in the home of his monstrous friend Godwin Baxter, the genius whose voice could perforate eardrums?
This story of true love and scientific daring whirls the reader from the private operating-theatres of late-Victorian Glasgow through aristocratic casinos, low-life Alexandria and a Parisian bordello, reaching an interrupted climax in a Scottish church.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 04/11/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747562283
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Review by alexis3700
Such an odd, odd story. LOVED IT! Was at first very confused why it was recommended to me...
Review by YossarianXeno
The friend who gave me this novel has a long track record of introducing me to unusual and well-written books and their authors (amongst others to William Boyd and Haruki Murakami) and Poor Things was no exception. At its core are three engaging, weird and wonderful characters, Godwin Baxter, a reclusive medical genius, a doctor, Archie McCandless and Bella Baxter, the protégé of the former and object of love for the latter. To avoid giving too much away I won't go into detail about the plot, but it starts almost as a 19th century gothic medical horror story but unfolds to be a quasi-political tale of liberal values, particularly in relation to the role of women, in the deeply conservative world of wealthy Victorian Glaswegians. Though primarily set in Glasgow, along the way the slums of Alexandria and a brothel in Paris have important parts in the story. Poor Things is an exceptionally imaginative book that that well worth reading.