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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date May 1, 1988
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140103823
ISBN-10 0140103821
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $6.95
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Summary
Nineteenth-century Ontario is the background for Robert Fraser's single, all-consuming task--to build a perpetual motion machine--and the locality of a richly imaginative universe composed of elements of humor, and magic
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Set in southern Ontario in the late nineteenth century, at a time when the machine age was coming into its own, Perpetual Motion chronicles the fortunes of settler Robert Fraser, a man obsessed with power and control. Driven by the idea of inventing a perpetual motion machine which will utilize natural energy, he neglects and destroys not only the nature around him but his own family too, as his overbearing rationality becomes a kind of tragic lunacy.

First published in 1982, Perpetual Motion is Graeme Gibson’s superb evocation of a time when faith in material progress is still challenged by superstition and a lingering belief in magic. It is an ironic yet compassionate examination of the painful consequences of human folly.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780312601324
 
from St Martins Pr (September 1, 1983)
9780312601324 | details & prices | List price $12.95
About: Nineteenth-century Ontario is the background for Robert Fraser's single, all-consuming task--to build a perpetual motion machine--and the locality of a richly imaginative universe composed of elements of humor, horror, and magic
Paperback
Book cover for 9780140103823 Book cover for 9780771034626
 
from New Canadian Library (June 1, 1998)
9780771034626 | details & prices | 280 pages | 4.75 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $8.95
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Reprint edition from Penguin USA (May 1, 1988)
9780140103823 | details & prices | List price $6.95
About: Nineteenth-century Ontario is the background for Robert Fraser's single, all-consuming task--to build a perpetual motion machine--and the locality of a richly imaginative universe composed of elements of humor, and magic

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