Brilliance: A Novel by Anthony McCartenBrilliance: A Novel by Anthony McCarten

Brilliance: A Novel

byAnthony McCarten

Paperback | June 11, 2013

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Anthony McCarten?s sharp, dazzling novel about Thomas Edison and JP Morgan who colluded to bring electric light to the world is more than a great, entertaining read?it?s also a sly, contemporary take on the complicated often corrupting effect of money, marketing, and hype on creativity. - Karen KarboThomas Edison holds over 1,000 patents, including those for the light bulb and the phonograph, but he is broke. To the rescue rides the "world's banker," J. P. Morgan, with his offer of almost unlimited cash for the two men to join forces to illuminate America and revolutionize in the way the world does business. Captivated by Morgan's glittering vision, Edison accepts, only to find the two men embroiled in the War of the Currents, pitting their Direct Current electrical system against theAlternating Current system promoted by George Westinghouse and Edison's former assistant, Nikola Tesla. Ever more enmeshed in Morgan's personal life, Edison becomes infatuated by a world of privilege and power, where duty, desire, faith, and immorality are thrown into conflict, ultimately threatening his own spiritual and creative survival. As a result, Edison descends from his status as the godlike inventor of electric light to that of someone complicit in the invention of the electric chair. 'Brilliance' brings to life the birth of the modern era, providing an indelible portrait of the times in which we now live.
Anthony McCarten's debut novel, 'Spinners,' won international acclaim, and was followed by 'The English Harem' and the award-winning 'Death of a Superhero,' and 'Show of Hands,' all four books being translated into 14 languages. McCarten has also written 12 stage plays, including the worldwide success 'Ladies' Night,' which won F...
Title:Brilliance: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 8.74 × 5.75 × 0.5 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:Hawthorne BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0986000752

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PRAISE FOR ANTHONY MCCARTEN?S WORK:One of New Zealand's most exciting literary exports. ? International Herald TribuneA master storyteller. ? FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)PRAISE FOR BRILLIANCE:Anthony McCarten?s sharp, dazzling novel about the inventors and millionaires who colluded to bring electric light to the world is more than a great, entertaining read?it?s also a sly, contemporary take on the complicated often corrupting effect of money, marketing, and hype on creativity. ? Karen Karbo, The Gospel According to Coco ChanelA truly remarkable book! ? Historical Novel Society, UKMcCarten?s Lively prose style is pleasure to read. ? The Times Literary SupplementYou can be sure that Brilliance will appear at a screen near you. In the meantime, read. ? E&T MagazineA great tale, well written and? dare I say it, illuminating." ? New Zealand ListenerI really, really enjoyed this. It?s a new novel from author Anthony McCarten and the first of his I?ve read. It?s beautifully written, witty and clever and the historical element gives us a pretty decent portrait of the current economic times. It?s clever, it?s a page-turner, an easy read with language and prose that oozes authenticity and descriptions that delight and amuse? " ? What Sarah ReadsDid inventor Thomas Edison and banker J.P. Morgan first meet in a bath in Saratoga Springs? Did Morgan possess, indeed cultivate ?a postulated, bulbous magma of warty tissue with the texture of a cauliflower? instead of a nose? Yes and yes if New Zealand novelist, playwright and film director Anthony McCarten?s affably ironic new novel is to be believed. His use of such eloquent details and imaginings add pleasing texture to the story ? a parable on Wall Street?s tendency to co-opt and corrupt idealism ? notably in the case of Edison, whose wives used Morse Code to counter his deafness; who existed on a mono-diet of milk; and who often appeared blind to the creative flair of others. ? Book Oxygen.Pure theatre of horror. ? New Zealand HeraldPRAISE FOR SPINNERS:Like something straight out of a fantasy and a thoroughly engrossing one at that. Bright, witty, and hilarious: McCarten knows exactly how far he can push the envelope, and he doesn't let up until the very last minute. More, please. ? Kirkus ReviewsA beautifully constructed comedy which wryly observes a small town?s follies with a subtle-but-hip sensibility. A Kiwi-flavored Garrison Keillor. ? Esquire, Books of the YearIn fooling around with a narrative that has enough resemblance to a parable to be able to pass as one, McCarten is part barker, part juggler, part aerialist. ? The New York Times Book ReviewThere are enough lustrous passages in Spinners to give it a translucent glow?alien spaceship or not. ? NewsdayA fun and wacky romp, filled with vivid description and offbeat characters. ? Library JournalCombines the cultural savvy of an episode of The Simpsons with the formally meticulous confusion/resolution of a Shakespeare comedy. ? The Times Literary SupplementMcCarten?adeptly describes the snowballing effects of national publicity and town gossip?fresh dialogue and keen, devilish sense of humor? ? Publishers WeeklyPRAISE FOR DEATH OF A SUPERHERO:Not since Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum has the pains of growing up been rendered this powerfully. ? Blick, Zurich.A fantastic novel and a small revolution for the literary form. ? Der Spiegel"This is one of the funniest, saddest novels I have read for many months? There is nothing more to say than please try to get hold of copy of Death of a Superhero as fast as you can." ? New Zealand Herald"Death of a Superhero lays its credentials on the table as a novel of self-affirmation and self-belief. McCarten's novel gently uplifts you with its vision of redemption." ? The ListenerPRAISE FOR THE ENGLISH HAREM:"McCarten's novel hovers between indignant satire and engaging comedy of manners while sounding a clarion call against the bigotry and intolerance in our society." ? Sunday Times"Anthony McCarten dares to speak of English multiculturalism in the satirical tongue that most native writers keep mute." ? The ObserverPRAISE FOR SHOW OF HANDS:McCarten squeezes every bit of dramatic potential from the setup, giving readers a deeply satisfying narrative about dedication, connection and possibility. ? Publishers Weekly, Starred Review