A Case of Curiosities by Allen Kurzweil
Claude Page is growing up in the French Pyrenees in Pre-revolutionary
France. His father was a watchmaker but had died while in Turkey. His
mother is a herbalist. Claude is apprenticed to a local disenfranchised
He first learns to enamel, making some bawdy pieces
the abbe can sell to cover his debts. Then Claude learns about
watchmaking. Claude is a whiz at anything mechanical.
Eventually Claude leaves the abbe to travel to Paris. He loves mechanical things and wishes to make a talking head.
I found this book intriguing regarding the inventions and the period
but thought it lacked any great plot. It was a very slow start and maybe
this is what kept me from fully liking the book.
First Line: "The case of curiosities came into my possession at a Paris auction in the spring of 1983."