Konstantin Set in th century Russia Tom Bullough weaves the story of Konstantin As a boy he dreams about space and the distances between Earth and the stars Then at the age of he contracts scarlet fever and

  • Title: Konstantin
  • Author: Tom Bullough
  • ISBN: 9780670920921
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in 19th century Russia, Tom Bullough weaves the story of Konstantin As a boy he dreams about space and the distances between Earth and the stars Then at the age of 8 he contracts scarlet fever and emerges from his illness deaf for the rest of his life And yet, he goes on to discover the secrets of space travel and falls in love.

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    1. Fictionalised BiographyA paperback with a dustcover - Neat!Dedication: For EdwynFront Quote:The greater man's progress,the more he replacesthe naturalby what is artificialKonstantin TsiolkovskyDreams of Earth and Sky(1895)Opening:December 1867Kostya hurried down the bank towards the frozen Oka, fine and light in his heavy sheepskin coat as a sparrow in its winter plumage.A fictionalised biography of the man who first thought of space travel.Verst: A verst (Russian: верста, versta) is an ob [...]

    2. Fiquei, contudo, desiludida com a parte final. A parte referente a Kostya acabou sem mais nem menos e o epílogo que ocorre em 1965 começou e terminou de forma igualmente abrupta. Julgo que ambas as partes careciam de mais algumas páginas para o terminar em condições ou que o autor poderia ter escrito um novo livro acerca do que aconteceu em 1965. Assim sendo, acabei o livro com um travo amargo.Opinião na íntegra em: paginasencadernadas.wordpress.

    3. I thought it might have lost something in translation but was written by a Welshman. I wanted to give it more stars but it ended with too many lose ends1 of 20 books for $10.

    4. I am torn about this book. I could have given it more stars but I struggled with it at times. A highly poetic and descriptive book about a young, scientific mind. An unusual mixture, but because of that not your cookie-cutter kind of novel, a reason why I might have given it more stars. A few sentences didn't seem to make any sense, even after having several goes at them - poor editing or proof-reading or awkward writing, but so few of them in a whole book of beautiful and original writing that [...]

    5. You can also find my review of Konstantin on my book blog.I'd been keenly awaiting this book thanks to hearing snippets of it at a reading. Konstantin is a book inspired by a real historical character. It isn't quite a biography, but rather a novel that takes known data, and fleshes it out with plenty of imagination and details and narrative flair. Now, I am not entirely sure how much to give away of the historical role Konstantin would play. I realised near the end of the novel that I may have [...]

    6. Konstatin is a fictionalised account of the child- and young adulthood of the real life Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, father of Russian/Soviet rocket science. The narrative is discontinuous, being told through a series of episodes, sometimes separated by weeks, months and frequently years. This gives the book the feel of a set of photographs pinned to a noticeboard. Through these still lives from a life we learn of Kostya catching scarlet fever and losing his hearing, of various boyhood scrapes and ad [...]

    7. Confesso que antes da leitura deste livro, desconhecia completamente quem havia sido Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, aliás, nem nunca havido falar dele.No entanto, numa pesquisa prévia à leitura do livro, constatei tratar-se de um cientista russo pioneiro no estudo da cosmonáutica, alias, ele simplesmente estabeleceu os princípios da propulsão das modernas naves espaciais, sendo considerado um dos mais importantes cientistas do mundo, concebendo, entre outros, o elevador espacial.No entanto Konsta [...]

    8. The novelised life of the father of space flight: not a biography, since it's mostly imaginary, and not truly a novel either, since it takes almost all its inspiration from real lives and events. It's a constant surprise, a short work that packs a tremendous punch, small parcels of writing that unfold with such richness and intensity of language. Utterly engaging, the interest never flags, I was unable to put it down; for three days, I took it everywhere with me, even into the X ray room when I [...]

    9. KonstantinAuthor: Tom BulloughWhat a beautiful story. Well told. The story of a poor boy, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, stricken with disease which left him deaf. The story of would be scientist, an astronomer growing up in Russia in the eighteen hundreds. Hard to believe it a novel and not a biography. I have one problem with this book. Russian, it’s not an easy language. I was constantly on translator, what is an izvozchiki? Names like Alexei Ilyich Rednikov or Vasily Vasilyevich, sounds like cart [...]

    10. Tom Bullough's prose is so rich in description of landscapes, sensations, and feelings that it reads like poetry. It's impossible not to relish the beauty of the sentences and paragraphs that roll across the page. The book wasn't at all what I expected, though. I thought it would focus more on Tsiolkovsky's inventions and his place in the history of rocket science. Instead, the book is highly impressionistic, painting the scenes of the young Konstantin's early bout with scarlet fever, his terrib [...]

    11. Konstantin existiu, de facto: o homem que sonhou com as viagens ao espaço, e delineou a forma de o homem chegar onde nunca chegara antes. Com um pormenor, especial: Konstantin era surdo, consequência de uma grave doença na infância. Uma corneta acústica, desenhada por ele próprio, ajudava-o a ouvir. Pobre, sem grandes possibilidades, aprendeu quase tudo com a ajuda de um bibliotecário muito especial, em Moscovo. É uma história notável, daquelas que nos enriquecem.

    12. I read Konstantin while I was at work and THANK GOD my job is so boring, because this book almost seemed mildly interesting. Almost.I'm only giving it two stars because while the writing was bad and the story telling less exciting than reading the news, there wasn't anything problematic or distasteful in the book. I mean, it's a safe book, it's ok to enjoy it, but I didn't.

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