Doctor Olaf Van Schuler's Brain

Doctor Olaf Van Schuler's Brain

eBook - 2008
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Plagued by madness and guided by an intense desire to cure human affliction, each generation of the unusual van Schuler family is driven by the science of its day. As they make their way in the world, New York City, too, evolves--from the dark days of the 17th century to the frenetic metropolis of today.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2008], ©2008
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781565126718
9781565125612
Branch Call Number: FICTION Men
Description: 1 online resource (290 pages) : genealogical table
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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Jun 09, 2013

This book has a unique approach to following a family through the generations, with each chapter dedicated to a small piece of one generation. This family of doctors offers plenty of medical quackery, mental health issues, and family drama, but only a snapshot at a time.

Unfortunately, some of the chapters are less interesting than others, especially towards the end, and sometimes the characters felt a bit flat as well. The writing is mostly well-done, but I wanted a bit more, maybe focusing on fewer generations and going in a bit deeper.

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