352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 in
September 3, 1998
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0156006006
ISBN - 13: 9780156006002
From the Publisher
A chronicle of life of an eighteenth-century man born without the ability to feel pain, this amazing book offers a panoply of literary pleasures (Washington Post Book World). Winner of Britains James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the 1999 IMPAC Award. Astoundingly good (New York Times Book Review).
About the Author
Andrew Miller was born in Bristol in 1960. INGENIOUS PAIN, his debut novel, was first published by Sceptre in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, the International IMPAC Award and the Grinzane Cavour prize in Italy. His second novel, CASANOVA, met with similar acclaim on its publication in 1998 and he has since published OXYGEN, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel Award, and the highly praised THE OPTIMISTS. He resides in London.
Conceived during a rape on a frozen river bank in the English west country in 1739 and raised in a small farming village, James Dyer proves to be a freak of nature, a man-boy who cannot feel pain. In spite of his affliction, or "gift," depending on how you look at it, James proves a bright fellow and, following a stint in the Royal Navy, becomes a highly successful surgeon whose skill with a knife is offset only by his coldness of emotion. Not knowing pain himself, he cannot understand it in others. Then, he encounters a witchlike woman in the forests of Eastern Europe who literally reaches inside of him and gives him knowledge of pain and suffering?and with it, joy and beauty and the understanding of what it is to be human. With its stylistic flourishes and realistic evocation of life in the 18th century, Miller's first novel bodes well for his future; readers will be entertained despite the abrupt ending. Recommended for public and larger academic libraries. David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersberg, Fla.