The Stonehenge Letters

The Stonehenge Letters

A Novel

Book - 2014
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While digging through the Nobel Archives in Stockholm, trying to figure out why his hero, Sigmund Freud, never received a Nobel Prize, a psychiatrist makes an unusual discovery. Among the unsolicited self-nominations in the museum's 'Crackpot' file, there are six letters addressed to Mr. Ragnar Sohlman, executor of Alfred Nobel's will. Remarkably, all but one is crafted by a different Nobel laureate - including Rudyard Kipling, Ivan Pavlov, Teddy Roosevelt and Marie Curie - and each is an explanation of why and how Stonehenge was constructed. Diligent research eventually uncovers that Alfred Nobel, intrigued by a young woman's obsession with the mysterious landmark, added a secret codicil to his will: 'a prize - reserved exclusively for Nobel laureates - was to be awarded to the person who solves the mystery of Stonehenge.' But is this fact or is this fiction? Weaving together a wealth of primary documents - photos, letters, wills - The Stonehenge Letters acts as a wryly documented archive of a fascinating secret competition, complete with strange but illuminating submissions and a contentious prize-awarding process.
Publisher: Toronto :, Coach House Books,, [2014]
Edition: First North American edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781552452943
Branch Call Number: F KAR NVD
Characteristics: 253 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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horthhill
Feb 01, 2016

"The Stonehenge Letters" by Harry Karlinsky is an odd novel. I'm not sure if you'd call it historical fiction or invented history. There isn't really much of a plot. It is playful and fun and funny. And, oddly enough it made me ponder.

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1_Great_Book
Sep 25, 2014

This book reads more like a scientific paper than a novel, complete with footnotes, appendices, glossaries, character references and photo credits.

I found myself constantly flipping back and forth to glean all the information concerning each chapter as I read.

That being said, I enjoyed the crackpot file fiction component while at the same time learning more about the creation of the Nobel Foundation.

Definitely different from the regular novel styles!

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