Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller

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A chronicle of life of an eighteenth-century man born without the ability to feel pain, this amazing book “offers a panoply of literary pleasures” (Washington Post Book World). Winner of Britain’s James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the 1999 IMPAC Award. “Astoundingly good” (New York Times Book Review).

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ANDREW MILLER's first novel, Ingenious Pain, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the International IMPAC Award. He was short-listed for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award for his novel Oxygen. He lives in Brighton, England.
Published April 1, 1997 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 352 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Unruffled, James joins a wild race between English physicians to minister to the Empress of Russia, but en route he meets a witch in the woods, whereupon he loses the race but gains the ability to feel--a transformation inducing madness and necessitating a long, excruciatingly painful recovery.

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Unlike most coming-of-age novels, which detail the emotional pains of the protagonist as he matures, this one charts the stark vicissitudes of Dyer's life, through which he moves impassively, feeling neither physical sensations nor emotions of any kind.

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