Perpetual Motion, by Gibson, Graeme
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- ISBN: 9780771034626 | 0771034628
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 6/1/1998
Set in southern Ontario in the late nineteenth century, at a time when the machine age was coming into its own,Perpetual Motionchronicles the fortunes of settler Robert Fraser, a man obsessed with power and control. Driven by the idea of inventing a perpetual motion machine which will utilize natural energy, he neglects and destroys not only the nature around him but his own family too, as his overbearing rationality becomes a kind of tragic lunacy. First published in 1982,Perpetual Motionis Graeme Gibson's superb evocation of a time when faith in material progress is still challenged by superstition and a lingering belief in magic. It is an ironic yet compassionate examination of the painful consequences of human folly. From the Hardcover edition.