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The Clockwork Man
by William Jablonsky


Overview - Ernst's world is one of endless admirers, including foreign dignitaries and heads of state. Hailed as a marvel of late nineteenth-century automation, he is the crowning achievement of his master, Karl Gruber. A world-famous builder of automated clocks, Gruber has reached the pinnacle of his art in Ernst--a man constructed entirely of clockwork.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Ernst's world is one of endless admirers, including foreign dignitaries and heads of state. Hailed as a marvel of late nineteenth-century automation, he is the crowning achievement of his master, Karl Gruber. A world-famous builder of automated clocks, Gruber has reached the pinnacle of his art in Ernst--a man constructed entirely of clockwork. Educated and raised in the Gruber household to be a gentle, caring soul, Ernst begins to discover a profound love for his master's daughter, Giselle. Just as their relationship becomes intimate, however, tragedy strikes and the family falls apart. Ernst's serene and happy existence is shattered and changed forever. Abandoned, knowing no other life but the one he has led, Ernst allows himself to wind down in a kind of suicide. Over one hundred years later, he awakens in a strange new land, the world he's known long gone. Along with his mentor and guide, a well-meaning if slightly unstable homeless man, Ernst attempts to piece together the events that brought him to his new home--and to let go of the century-old tragedy that still haunts him.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781605420998
  • ISBN-10: 1605420999
  • Publisher: Medallion Press
  • Publish Date: July 2010
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 7.94 x 5.54 x 0.61 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.66 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-07-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

The eponymous narrator, a diffident automaton named Ernst, tells of his early life in 1880s Germany serving his inventor, Karl Gruber, in this perplexing steampunk tale. Ernst falls into a delicate, private romance with Gruber's daughter, Giselle, while stoically enduring the torments and prejudice of Gruber's son and mother. Giselle's murder breaks up the family and sends Ernst into a long hibernation from which he wakes in the present day. Jablonsky conveys the mood of a true period piece more effectively than many of his steampunk siblings, but that classic viewpoint comes at a price: Ernst is a veritable Uncle Tom of robots, content to stay with a near-abusive owner and scrupulously hesitant about disobeying even the most blatantly unjust application of the law. Victorians would be charmed, but modern readers will want to get poor Ernst some assertiveness training. (Sept.)

 
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