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... Human Traces is an epic book in many senses. Itís a history of two families, a tale of love and loss, but most of a desire to find reasons for the fragility of the human mind. Early Days. The main characters of the story are determined in the late 1800ís with Jacques RebiŤre, ... Read review
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"Human Traces" explores the question of what kind of beings men and women really are. ... more

Jacques Rebire and Thomas Midwinter, both sixteen
when the story starts in 1876, come from different
countries and contrasting families. They are
united by an ambition to understand how the mind
works and whether madness is the price we pay for
being human. As psychiatrists, their quest takes
them from the squalor of the Victorian lunatic
asylum to the crowded lecture halls of the
renowned Professor Charcot in Paris; from the
heights of the Sierra Madre in California to the
plains of unexplored Africa. Their search is made
urgent by the case of Jacques's brother Olivier,
for whose severe illness no name has yet been
found. Thomas's sister Sonia becomes the pivotal
figure in the volatile relationship between the
two men, which threatens to explode with the
arrival in their Austrian sanatorium of an
enigmatic patient, Fraulein Katharina von A, whose
illness epitomises all that divides them. As the
concerns of the old century fade and the First
World War divides Europe, the novel rises to a
climax in which the value of what it means to be
alive seems to hang in the balance. This is
Sebastian Faulks's most ambitious novel yet, with
scenes of emotional power recalling his most
celebrated work, yet set here on an even larger
scale.

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Community Level 4Sam-I-Am

Sam-I-Am

Mapping the Mind.

AdvantagesCompelling read & great characters.

DisadvantagesA long read for some.

"...become essential reading for schoolchildren. Human Traces is an epic book in many senses. Itís a history of two families, a tale of love and loss, but most of a desire to find reasons for the fragility of the human mind. Early Days. The main characters of the story are determined in the late 1800ís with Jacques RebiŤre, a son of a peasant farmer with aspirations to be more than his birthright. Jacques himself is clever and although he has to work ..." Read review
21.01.2012

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Human Traces Makes Interesting Reading

AdvantagesAn interesting and intriguing read

Disadvantagesthe book is lengthy

"...not only animals but the human brain too. Faulks chooses to graphically describe the interior of the mental asylum of the era. Human Traces will have great appeal to many, on the other hand there will be an element who will recoil at the content. Sebastian Faulks gathers momentum in Human Traces, effortlessly getting into his stride. There are no great lusty affairs or scandalous moments but what the book does incredibly well is to chart the lives ..." Read review
24.03.2009

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Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks

AdvantagesAmazing subject matter, well-handled and excellent characterisation

DisadvantagesMay be a little long for some - but I didn't want it to end.

"...understand the mystery of the human mind and in particular the meeting of thought and flesh. Jacques studies under the great neurologist Charcot in Paris; Thomas sees madness close up as a junior doctor in an English county lunatic asylum." I couldn't go further than this without giving away the entire story, but all I will say is that this brief description does capture the essence of the stroy and its three central characters in Thomas, Jacques ..." Read review
16.11.2009

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Community Level 1flybycandl...

flybycandlelight

Exploring what it means to be human.

AdvantagesThought provoking, engaging characters.

DisadvantagesHeavy-going in some parts

"...shared goal: to understand the human brain. ..." Read review
06.04.2008

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Community Level 1rosemary123

Quick review of Human Traces - Sebastian Faulks

"I really enjoyed this book, and spent every spare moment reading it. Like all Faulks' books, it is beautifully written and carefully constructed. It describes two idealistic and dedicated psychiatric doctors at the beginning of the 20th Century, who pursued their belief that psychiatric patients could be treated and cured at a time when the mental asylums were overflowing. It reflects Faulks' interest in human nature and provides well-researched insights into madness and the functioning of the human mind. It also traces the personal relationships of the psychiatrists in a way which is reminiscent of Scott Fitzgerald's work. A perfect book for quiet and thoughtful reading.
09.10.2007

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Pages: 618, Edition: New Ed, Paperback, Vintage

Product details

Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction
Title Human Traces
Author Sebastian Faulks
Publisher Vintage
Number of Pages 618
Edition Paperback
ISBN 0091794552; 0091794900; 0091796873; 009179692X; 0091911796; 0099458268; 0099484889; 0375502262

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