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    Alix Nathan's brilliant historical novel is inspired by an actual 1797 advertisement and set in Wales where Herbert Powys a well off man living on his estate with his servants he has no family He has a strong interest in botany but is driven by an inner desire to make his mark in the scientific field He hits on conducting a controve

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    This is an intriguing read off the beaten path for sure Going from a reasonable human experiment to yep that was to be expected But the journey wowIt's 1793 Powyss a wealthy man wants to conduct an experiment to find out how resilient the human mind is when isolated from the world John Warlow is the only one who volunteers mainly because the offer of £50 a year for the rest of his life is so tempting He agrees to live i

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    A reward of £50 a year for life is offered to any man who will undertake to live for 7 years underground without seeing a human face to let his toe and fingernails grow during the whole of his confinement together with his beard Co

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    This was not a fast read by any means but a captivating one especially since this was based on a true storySet in 1792 Herbert Powyss is a wealthy man a scientist of sorts who wishes to conduct his own experiment and offer labourer John Warlow

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    I received this book from Serpent's Tail in exchange for an honest reviewIn 1793 Welshman Herbert Powyss does not want his

  6. says:

    The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan has the best premise I've read all year Can a man live for 7 years underground without seeing another hu

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    Nathan’s novel is based on a true story in 1793 a Mr Powyss offered £50 a year for life to any man who would undertake to live in solitary confinement underground for seven years without cutting his nails hair or beard keeping a journal of his thoughts The advertisement was answered by one man a labourer with a wife and a large number of children Nathan skillfully integrates the class upheaval occurring in

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    45 May or may not upgrade to a 5 Definitely want to say things about this book as well as the one I just I finished previously Recursion—both definitely among this year’s favourites thought I cannot imagine two different novels either

  9. says:

    As someone who cherishes my “alone time” what reader doesn’t? I was intrigued by the premise of this book

  10. says:

    Herbert Powys a wealthy man from Herefordshire is a loner interested only in books and horticulture In 1793 he decides he wants to make his mark

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His daily thoughts and actions The pay fifty pounds per annum for life Only one man is desperate to apply for the job John Warlow a semi literate laborer with a wife and six children to provide for The experiment a classic Enlightenment exercise gone than a little mad will have unforeseen conseuences for all include. Nathan s novel is based on a true story in 1793 a Mr Powyss offered 50 a year for life to any man who would undertake to live in solitary confinement underground for seven years without cutting his nails hair or beard keeping a journal of his thoughts The advertisement was answered by one man a labourer with a wife and a large number of children Nathan skillfully integrates the class upheaval occurring in England at the time and the voice of John Warlow the semi literate ploughman who takes up the offer is poignantly and viscerally rendered Out in July and not to be missed Originally posted on my blog Elle ThinksIf you like what I write why not buy me a coffee

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The Warlow Experiment

Herbert Powyss lives in an estate in the Welsh Marches with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman's fashionable investigations and experiments in botany But he longs to make his mark in the field of science something conseuential enough to present to the Royal Society in London He hits on a radical experiment. A reward of 50 a year for life is offered to any man who will undertake to live for 7 years underground without seeing a human face to let his toe and fingernails grow during the whole of his confinement together with his beard Commodious apartments are provided with cold bath chamber organ as many books as the occupier shall desire Provisions will be served from Mr Powyss s table Every convenience desired will be providedHerbert Powyss Moreham House Herefordshire January 1793The premise of this novel would have been incredible were if not for the fact that it is based on facts which actually occurred In an Author s note at the end of the book Alix Nathan uotes an extract from the Annual Register for 1797 which describes the terms of the experiment or less as reproduced in the introductory uote and adds that it appears that an occupier offered himself for this singular residence who is now in the fourth year of his probation a labouring man who has a large family all of whom are maintained by Mr P This nugget of curious information is all the tantalizing because there appears to be no account of the aftermath of this real life experiment Nathan intrigued by the narrative opportunities of this episode wrote two related short stories An Experiment Above and An Experiment Below reflecting respectively the point of view of the scientist and subject These stories eventually formed the basis of The Warlow Experiment in which a wider canvas allows the author to enlarge her cast of characters and dwell longer on the historical backdrop We do not know the motivations of the real life Powyss Nathan s is a recluse who prefers the company of his books and music at his residence Moreham Hall to the idle entertaining which seems to be expected of him With no family a frosty relationship with his servants and just one or less like minded friend his only dream is of being recognized in scientific circles This is what he sets out to do with his uniue experiment Shockingly he does not seem to take into account the fact that his subject being a human being this would raise ethical issues Powyss dogged determination is not tempered with enough humanity to make him realize that the conseuences of his actions could be tragic This seems to dawn on him only when he gets to know better Mrs Warlow whom he supports during the course of the experiment Not unexpectedly he becomes attracted to this woman so different from himself in class background education and temperament this ironically makes him uestion the correctness of the experiment whilst only complicating an already explosive situationNathan has drawn a compelling story out of the bare bones of the Annual Register account The three part narrative arc of the novel is satisfying although some of the scenes especially the final one feels contrived and I particularly admired the different voices and points of view which are very well brought out The contrasting narrators obviously reflect the origin of The Warlow Experiment as two short stories but the novel also includes the voices of other characters including Mrs Warlow The characterization is complex in this respect one of the figures I liked best was the housemaid Catherine whom we see developing from a frankly rather unpleasant young woman to a steely determined and big hearted figureThe novel also works wonderfully as historical fiction The late 18th Century was a period of philosophical and scientific inuiry but was also possibly for the same reasons a period of social turbulence with revolutionary ideas sweeping across Europe This backdrop serves to highlight the social themes of the book Indeed the experiment brings out the inherent injustices of a classist and patriarchal society Powyss seems to expect that a gentleman of his background would be interested in becoming a hermit for science He does not stop to consider that the only person who might wish to give up his liberty for a pension of fifty pounds would likely be someone financially desperate Despite Powyss s attempts at being humane the nature of the experiment itself turns Warlow into a dehumanised subject and only serves to accentuate the divide between classes Moreover it is suggested that at all levels of society it is women who suffer most the educated and enlightened Powyss his progressive friend Fox the firebrand Abraham Price with his dreams of euality all become selfish and rapacious where women are concerned At the same time women are portrayed as the instigators of hope and redemption In this respect this is a worthy addition to a number of recent historical novels with a feminist streakVisit for a complete review including music by composers mentioned in the novel

read à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB É Alix Nathan

In isolation For seven years a subject will inhabit three rooms in the basement of the manor house fitted out with rugs books paintings and even a chamber organ Meals will arrive thrice daily via a dumbwaiter The solitude will be totally unrelieved by any social contact whatsoever; the subject will keep a diary of. This was not a fast read by any means but a captivating one especially since this was based on a true storySet in 1792 Herbert Powyss is a wealthy man a scientist of sorts who wishes to conduct his own experiment and offer labourer John Warlow the princely sum of 50 pounds a year for life if he consents to live underground in a cellar for 7 years without human contact John is a brutish man who beats his children and has grown tired of his meek wife Hannah so he willingly accepts the offer to live in comfort and away from his family Little does he know that this experiment will go horribly wrong for everyone with conseuences that were never imagined There were times the story lagged for me but the depth of the story kept me intrigued till the end A haunting and somewhat somber read