Percival's Planet

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Audio (17.28 hours)
Product Number: Z10005200
Released: Aug 24, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400198412
Narrator/s: William Dufris
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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In 1928, the boy who will discover Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh, is on the family farm, grinding a lens for his own telescope under the immense Kansas sky. In Flagstaff, Arizona, the staff of Lowell Observatory is about to resume the late Percival Lowell's interrupted search for Planet X. Meanwhile, the immensely rich heir to a chemical fortune has decided to go west to hunt for dinosaurs, and in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the most beautiful girl in America is going slowly insane while her ex-heavyweight champion boyfriend stands by helplessly, desperate to do anything to keep her. Inspired by the true story of Tombaugh and set in the last gin-soaked months of the flapper era, Percival's Planet tells the story of the intertwining lives of half a dozen dreamers, schemers, and madmen. Following Tombaugh's unlikely path from son of a farmer to discoverer of a planet, the novel touches on insanity, mathematics, music, astrophysics, boxing, dinosaur hunting, shipwrecks-and what happens when the greatest romance of your life is also the source of your life's greatest sorrow.

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Author(s): Michael Byers
Original Publish Date: Aug 24, 2010

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Author(s): Michael Byers
Product Number EB00094860
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781429943208

Professional reviews

"PERCIVAL'S PLANET is a creaky, gentle, old-fashioned literary escapade--a winding, amusing, contemplative historical novel. Like the work of E.L. Doctorow, this novel paints a portrait of an era--pre- and post-Depression--by focusing on a single event: the discovery of the planet Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh, a DIY astronomer. There are plenty of eccentric characters--including one who believes she's growing a horn out of her head. There's no tension, suspense, or real drama. This is one big literary soufflŽ of language, ideas, and emotions. Narrator William Dufris manages to navigate his way through the 17 hours of this novel with unflagging enthusiasm and energy. The result is a thoughtful window on history told in a warm and witty narrative style. R.W.S. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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