Pure by Andrew Miller audiobook

Pure

By Andrew Miller
Read by Ralph Cosham

Dreamscape 9781444724257
9.63 Hours Unabridged
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Jean-Baptiste Baratte, an engineer of modest origin, arrivesin Paris in 1785, charged by the King’s minister with emptying the overflowingcemetery of Les Innocents, an ancient site whose stench is poisoning theneighborhood’s air and water and leaving a vile taste in its inhabitants’ food. At first the ambitious Baratte sees his work as a chance toclear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. Butbefore long he begins to suspect the destruction of the cemetery might be aprelude to both his own demise and that of the monarchy. Baratte expects the task to be unpleasant but cannot foreseethe dramas and calamities it will trigger, or the incident that will transformhis life. As unrest against the court of Louis XVI mounts, the engineerrealizes that the future he had planned may no longer be the one he wants. Hisassignment becomes a year of relentless work, exhuming of mummified corpses andlistening to the chants of priests, a year of assault and sudden death. A yearof friendship, too, and of desire and love. A year unlike any other he haslived.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2011 Costa Book Award for Best Book of the Year

A 2013 International Dublin Literary Award Finalist

A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction

A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction

Jean-Baptiste Baratte, an engineer of modest origin, arrivesin Paris in 1785, charged by the King’s minister with emptying the overflowingcemetery of Les Innocents, an ancient site whose stench is poisoning theneighborhood’s air and water and leaving a vile taste in its inhabitants’ food.

At first the ambitious Baratte sees his work as a chance toclear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. Butbefore long he begins to suspect the destruction of the cemetery might be aprelude to both his own demise and that of the monarchy.

Baratte expects the task to be unpleasant but cannot foreseethe dramas and calamities it will trigger, or the incident that will transformhis life. As unrest against the court of Louis XVI mounts, the engineerrealizes that the future he had planned may no longer be the one he wants. Hisassignment becomes a year of relentless work, exhuming of mummified corpses andlistening to the chants of priests, a year of assault and sudden death. A yearof friendship, too, and of desire and love. A year unlike any other he haslived.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Almost dreamlike, a realistic fantasy, a violent fairytale for adults.” Irish Times
“Enthralling…Superbly researched, brilliantly narrated and movingly resolved.” Observer
“Pure defies the ordinary conventions of storytelling, slipping dream-like between lucidity and a kind of abstracted elusiveness…As Miller proves with this dazzling novel, it is not certainty we need but courage.” Guardian

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Author

Author Bio: Andrew Miller

Author Bio: Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller’s first novel, Ingenious Pain, won the James Tate Memorial Prize for Fiction. He has since written five novels including Casanova and Oxygen, which was a finalist for the Whitbread Award and the Booker Prize in 2001. He lives in Somerset England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English