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by Michael Swanwick

  • Author: Michael Swanwick
  • ISBN: 0380974444
  • ISBN13: 978-0380974443
  • ePub: 1323 kb | FB2: 1628 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: United States
  • Publisher: Avon Books; 1st edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Pages: 337
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Votes: 290
  • Format: txt lit mbr rtf
Jack Faust ePub download

Jack Faust is a breathtaking and masterful new spin on Goethe's story of a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil for the gift of unlimited knowledge.

But unlike the classic Mephistopheles, the seductive demon who approaches Swanwick's Johannes Faust is not the devil as we know him, but rather a representative of a mysterious race that seeks nothing less than the extermination of the hated human animal. And the wisdom this creature offers the disenchanted thinker goes far beyond anything known or imagined in Goethe's day: the secrets of flight and the cosmos, the principles of economics and engineering, the mysteries of medicine and the atom.

And so begins Faust's transition from madman to savior--from Johannes to Jack--as he accelerates human progress at blinding speed, setting the mighty gears and pistons of industry in motion to first remake Germany, and then all Europe, in his own image. Ushering in a New Age of Mechanization hundreds of years before its rightful time, he is alternately adored and despised for his accomplishments, as he attempts to elevate humankind from the muck of ignorance, superstition and disease.

Yet it is love that damns Jack Faust and, ultimately, humanity as well. For Mephistopheles has revealed to him the beauty and purity of innocence in the person of Margarete Reinhardt, the daughter of a struggling businessman. To win her heart, Faust will give Margarete power and influence in an age when women are powerless-- and fame in a time when notoriety can be fatal-- and, in the process, blind his beloved, and himself, to the horrors Faust's "progress" has wrought. For brutality and greed will always pervert love and genius in a degenerate world--a world which now, thanks to Jack Faust, is rapidly sliding into chaos...or something far worse.

Feri
Wonderful version of the Faust legend. Held my interest from the first page to the last.
Halloween
A brilliant take on the Faust story. Thoughtful, insightful, and original.
Amhirishes
An interesting idea: what if you could be privy to all knowledge? I enjoyed the character's journey as he experienced the frustrations of knowing more than everyone else but also of discovering that knowing isn't a magic answer and that human nature invariably tosses a monkey wrench into the works.
Hi_Jacker
I really enjoy this book, I'm happy I found it.
Samowar
Enjoyed it immensely. Truly explores the nature of Faust and the devil. Really funny at times. Vivid writing style. Much appreciated.
Ricep
It was ok. Hard to follow in some spots but otherwise it was ok.
Quellik
I guess I'm grateful to Michael Stanwick because now I never need to read any other stories about the Faust legend. This is just ugly and depressing. I gave up at 68% when I realized I no longer cared about a single character, and was just waiting for everyone to die so I could move on to another book.
The book was well written and with an interesting twist on the Faust legend. I found it interesting for the first three quarters of the book but it then turned so dark in the last part that I was just glad when I finished it and ultimately didn't enjoy it very much
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