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by Anne Roiphe

  • ISBN: 1400082129
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Anne Roiphe
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; First Edition edition (October 24, 2006)
  • Pages: 304 pages
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An Imperfect Lens subtly delineates the interplay of venality and compassion within men and women struggling to cope with . Anne Roiphe is the author of eight novels, including Secrets of the City, and nonfiction work, including the National Book Award nominee Fruitful.

An Imperfect Lens subtly delineates the interplay of venality and compassion within men and women struggling to cope with disaster. This is a novel of exceptional immediacy and insight. Lauren Belfer, author of City of Light. She lives in New York City.

Acclaimed author Anne Roiphe evokes the sights and sounds of 1880s Alexandria, Egypt, a bustling center of. .With An Imperfect Lens, rich with the sights and scents of a different era, Anne Roiphe once again demonstrates the storytelling power for which she has long been hailed.

Acclaimed author Anne Roiphe evokes the sights and sounds of 1880s Alexandria, Egypt, a bustling center of trade and travel. Отзывы - Написать отзыв. Пользовательский отзыв - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing.

Anne Roiphe (born December 25, 1935) is an American writer and journalist. She is best known as a first-generation feminist, and author of the novel Up The Sandbox (1970), which was filmed as a starring vehicle for Barbra Streisand in 1972. In 1996, Salon called the book "a feminist classic. Roiphe was born and raised to a Jewish family in New York City. She graduated from the Brearley School in 1953, and received her . from Sarah Lawrence College in 1957.

An Imperfect Lens book. I have read other books by Anne Roiphe Again she succeeds with this, right from the beginning chapters of this novel. I have read other books by Anne Roiphe. I love the author's ability to create a time and place, to depict it with such detail that you see it, smell it, hear it and feel it. Again she succeeds with this, right from the beginning chapters of this novel.

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Other articles where An Imperfect Lens is discussed: Anne Roiphe: Other notable fictional works include An Imperfect Lens (2006), which follows three scientists who travel to Alexandria, Egypt, during a cholera epidemic in 1883, and Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind (2015), about a psychoanalyst and her patients. Other notable fictional works include An Imperfect Lens (2006), which follows three scientists who travel to Alexandria, Egypt, during a cholera epidemic in 1883, and Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind (2015), about a psychoanalyst and her patients.

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Anne Richardson Roiphe the foul smells to those they loved and left behind. Nevertheless, the hospital was full. A child had died no longer than fifteen minutes ago on Ward B. The chief administrator wrote a quick note to the Sister of Charity who sat in a chair at the ward’s door, and stamped it with his seal.

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About book: NO SPOILERS!!!I have read other books by Anne Roiphe. And then of course there must be some romance thrown into the story, so Roiphe has thrown in Este Malina, the lovely daughter of a respected Jewish doctor.

Acclaimed author Anne Roiphe evokes the sights and sounds of 1880s Alexandria, Egypt, a bustling center of trade and travel. From teeming docks to overflowing market stalls, from grand homes to grimy narrow alleyways, cholera microbes rise and bob in streams of water and tiny droplets, clinging to moisture as man clings to air.With a keen mind and dedication to his work, young Louis Thuillier has impressed his mentor—famed scientist Louis Pasteur—enough to be sent to Alexandria as one-third of the French mission searching for the source of the cholera that is terrorizing the city. Along with the other members of the French mission—scientists Emile Roux and Edmond Nocard and their enterprising servant Marcus—Louis longs to find the cure, bringing glory to himself and to France. Este Malina is the lovely daughter of a respected Jewish doctor, whose family has lived in Alexandria for hundreds of years. A life of comfort has made Este a romantic, and she hopes to marry a man with the heart of a poet. Neither expects to find a soul mate in the other, but when Este begins to assist at the French mission’s lab, a deep bond forms. Este, though, is engaged to another, and Louis is not Jewish—her family would never allow them to marry. In spite of their many differences, the lovers’ desire grows and their fantasies threaten to distract them from their work. In Alexandria, the disease rages on, as mysterious as it was a thousand years before. Political intrigue threatens to separate Este and Louis permanently. Their love, as fragile as the glass slides they use in the lab, is in danger before it has had a chance to thrive. With An Imperfect Lens, rich with the sights and scents of a different era, Anne Roiphe once again demonstrates the storytelling power for which she has long been hailed.From the Hardcover edition.
Reviews about An Imperfect Lens: A Novel (5):
The Sphinx of Driz
This is a well researched tale...full of human interest and historically accurate. You feel the impending doom in every small detail.
Ieslyaenn
If you enjoy historical fiction based upon disease and science, this book is for you! An Imperfect Lens is appropriately titled to refer to scientists' unsuccessful attempt in 1883 to identify the source of a cholera epidemic and find a cure with the backdrop of a problematic love story between an intelligent jewish girl and one of the scientists.

This story is set in 1883 Alexandria Egypt, and a cholera epidemic has broken out. The people, especially the poor, do not know what is causing the swift, painful, and gruesome deaths all around them. Being terrified and paranoid, they and begin to form all kinds of conspiracy theories as well as turning to god for answers regarding how the disease is transmitted. The wealthy, for the most part, are being spared, and the Committee of Public Safety only counts "european deaths" in their death statistics. Hence, the insignificance of the vast majority of the poor inhabitants are ignored, until the epidemic starts to reach the wealthy as well. So much for the common good.

Interspersed throughout the book are real life accounts from doctors and scientists from all over the globe that date back to 30AD of cholera outbreaks. Cholera begins its life and breeds in oceans and water. When microbes arrive on shores with sewerage and large dense populations, a perfect breeding ground exists and cholera spreads by clinging to moisture, and infecting and killing anyone who comes into contact with it.

During this time period, France and Germany are competing on the world stage to discover the origin of the cholera epidemic and its cure. Louis Pasteur from France sends three scientists to Egypt in 1883 to find the cause of cholera during an outbreak, and Germany sends Dr. Koch, who discovered the cause of tuberculosis. All scientists meet with Dr. Malina, a respected jewish doctor whose family has lived in Alexandria for many generations and has a beautiful and intelligent daughter. Este longs to travel and marry a poet, but as the story unfolds, she finds herself helping in the lab and falling in love with Louis Thuillier, one of the French doctors who is not jewish. Simultaneously, religious, cultural, and political problems arise for Este and her family and they need to flee their home as the epidemic abates, and ironically as Thuillier becomes one of the last people to succumb to the epidemic.

If you enjoy historical fiction books such as Moloka'i by Ann Bennert, Outbreak by Robin Cook, or Hot Zone by Douglas Preston, you will enjoy this book.
TheSuspect
An Imperfect Lens is atmospheric tale set in Alexandra, Egypt in 1883; the main character a lethal disease, cholera: ''unseen pulsing crescent moonshapes," that are steadily breeding in the exposed sewage, killing the city's poor, gradually finding its way into the houses of the rich. Feeding in the stomachs of the innocent, death is almost instantaneous - a sharp pain in the stomach, lips tinged with blue, a loss of bowel control, the body shriveled, turned grey like slate.

Paranoia is rife; the wealthy see it as a sign of the city's drinking and lack of morality, the less fortunate see it as a mark of God's will, a way for the rich to rid the city of an unwanted population. How is the disease transmitted? By air or bird droppings, or perhaps even food. People are instructed to always rinse their hands, and never eat unwashed food from market stalls. But the microbes continue to spread, on the edges of bed linen, on the shoes of unsuspecting servants, splashing in the city's puddles, streams and open sewers, on the surface of fruit, the edges of plates and cutlery.

Three Chemists from Paris - Louis Thuilliers, Emile Roux and veterinarian Edmond Nocard - are dispatched directly from the laboratories of famous scientist Louis Pasteur to Alexandra, hoping to isolate the microbe. The sights, sounds and smells of this exotic city, immediately seduce the idealistic Louis. Almost at once, he falls for Este Malina, the daughter of the City's Jewish doctor, who is the verge of being engaged when Louis meets her at dinner at the French consulate's home.

Este, bored with her life, begins to help out in the laboratory, awakening to the possibility of a career in the sciences, with Louis at her side. She hopes to marry her paramour, but her imminent engagement and Louis's humble background irrevocably stands between them. Her religion also is a barrier, with her father and his wife, considering the Jewish faith so much more than just a faith "but a cord that inevitably binds them."

Louis and Este's love affair plays out against a cholera epidemic that pressingly evades the lens of the scientists and the city's authorities. The other characters are equally caught in this stew of city waste, men with their own personal demons and small enjoyments: There's Eric Fortman, an Englishman from Liverpool, a good salesman and a sturdy traveler, determined to start a new life in Alexandra as an importer and a businessman, a type of reinvented merchant prince who can slip money into the right hands at the right time.

And there's Marcus, Louis's rebellious young assistant, who one night beneath the boardwalk, witnesses Masika, a hotel maid, succumb to the disease: "pools of fecal liquid gathering by her hips, the illness taking over her body like a colonial power, killing everything in its way."

The lives of the main protagonists, however, are diminished in the light of author Anne Rophie's harrowing and exquisitely wrought descriptions of a city on the brink, where in the bazaar, the olive pits and the splashes of wine and overripe fruit mingle on the cobblestones with the blood of slaughtered animals. Children with their hands out, crouching in doorways, flies stuck to their encrusted eyelids. The heavy sweat of the day, the dust in which all these things are stirred, and a young boy who suddenly becomes ill and violently dies, "the contents of his bowls flowing over the mud of the stone curb."

Rophie's Alexandria is historically accurate, with cholera not simply content to attack the intestines of its victim, but ravage pocketbooks of the entire town, spreading hunger and despair, sending thousands to pray and others to shut themselves up in their rooms. Her characters are young and impulsive, overwhelmed by idealism, yet torn apart and frustrated by their inability to fight this terrible disease, caught up in a race, where everything they try proves useless.

An Imperfect Lens is not an easy book to read, and it's depictions of the epidemic are unflinching in their detail. Yet it shows that the war between man and bacteria is endless and constantly changing and is never won entirely, by one side or the other. The story is a timely reminder of the importance of research and science in a world where everyone needs to understand that things must be proved and evidence given, so that human life can be saved and that hopefully all disease can be defeated. Mike Leonard April 06.

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