The Confusion. Neal Stephenson.

Volume Two of the Baroque Cycle


This is the 2nd book in the loooonnnnng series… After having taken a pause of a year or so after reading the 1st one, I have to admit that it took 100 or 150 pages to get back into it. Maybe that part of the book was just slow, but after that, the story got really interesting — though still long. šŸ™‚

Anyway, I won’t write much of a review until I finish the 3rd one, but I will put a couple of quotes:

  1. This is actually a quote from Milton’s Paradise Lost that Stephenson includes at the beginning of one of the chapters:

    The mind is its own place, and in it self
    Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.

  2. If an idea is terrible enough, the mind is unwilling to swallow it in one go, but regurgitates and chews it like cud many times before it goes down for good.

  3. Here is another quote that Stephanson uses at the beginning of a chapter, this one from Leibniz:

    God has chose the world that is hte most perfect, that is to sya, the one that is at the same time the simplest in hypotheses adn the richest in phenomena.

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