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The Warlow Experiment - by Alix Nathan (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 272

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Historical

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Anchor Books

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: General

Author: Alix Nathan

Language: English

TCIN: 79679376
UPC: 9781984897800
Item Number (DPCI): 247-40-9115


"In a novel premised on stagnation, the incremental but inevitable deterioration of both major characters becomes an unexpectedly gripping drama, fueled by the attraction of repulsion. . .[A] unique and chilling novel."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Social dominance, and the violent means used to maintain it, unites the various storylines in The Warlow Experiment. . .Ms. Nathan stages a series of moral awakenings and comeuppances that overturn the expected order of things. . .Warlow's plight itself is indelible, both pungent and horrifying in its details and profound as a metaphor--a symbol of upper-class barbarity stashed away in the cellar like a telltale heart beating beneath the floorboards."
--The Wall Street Journal

"This unusual historical novel will reward readers with the ripe inquiry it makes of a peculiar subject."
--The Washington Post

"Sardonic comedy takes on deeper resonances in a tale, rich in period detail, of a ruinously backfiring experiment."
--The Sunday Times, London

"[Nathan has a] delicacy of touch. . .Shocking and convincing. . .The complications that ensue, rooted in the initial wrongness of the experiment, take us into the deep heart of blunted male emotion. . .[An] impressive novel."
--The Times Literary Supplement

"Original and beautifully written, this is a meaty and gripping novel of obsession gone sour."
--Daily Mail, London

"I read Alix Nathan's beautifully constructed new novel about an experiment most strange at great speed: its sentences, imagery and import call you onward and ever deeper. More than once since I finished I've looked down and wondered what might be going on just a few feet below or above me. The Warlow Experiment gets into your head."
--Laird Hunt, author of The Kind One and In the House in the Dark of the Woods

"Unusual, gripping and emotionally complex--I loved this book."
--Sally Magnusson, author of The Sealwoman's Gift

"This is an extraordinary, quite brilliant book."
--C. J. Sansom, author of Tombland

"A powerful and unsettling novel, both fascinating and infinitely strange."
--Andrew Taylor, author of The King's Evil

"An allegory of prison culture at its cruelest. . .[The Warlow Experiment] is a powerful rebuke to the notion that withholding compassion can somehow be corrective. Nathan's main strength is her keen characterizations of all involved. . .A sturdy historical novel about the perils of pseudoscience."
--Kirkus Reviews

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