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The Warlow Experiment review µ eBook or Kindle ePUB È [Download] ➽ The Warlow Experiment By Alix Nathan – Eyltransferservices.co.uk The year is 1792 and Herbert Powyss is set on making his name as a scientist He is determined to study the effects of prolonged solitude on another human being though before now Powyss'sIn the form of Hannah with whom he rapidly becomes obsessed Does she return his feelings or is she just afraid of his power over her family's lives Meanwhile the servants are brewing up a rebellion inspired by recent news from across the Channel Powyss may have set events in motion but he is powerless to prevent their explosive and devastating conclusion. As someone who cherishes my “alone time” what reader doesn’t I was intrigued by the premise of this book A wealthy gentleman in 18th century Wales offers to pay a man to live in solitude underground in his converted cellar for 7 years This is framed as a sort of scientific experiment The subject is to live in ease and comfort with all his needs supplied and also will have all his outside obligations taken care of At the end of the 7 year period he will receive a lifetime income sufficient that he won’t have to workI had in my mind Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pondnothing could be further fromEarly in the book I started to lose interest but I held on and was richly rewarded At the end Nathan provides us with the text of the newspaper article that inspired this bookfascinating This is really good historical fiction and a fine piece of writing I enjoyed it thoroughly

The Warlow ExperimentIn the form of Hannah with whom he rapidly becomes obsessed Does she return his feelings or is she just afraid of his power over her family's lives Meanwhile the servants are brewing up a rebellion inspired by recent news from across the Channel Powyss may have set events in motion but he is powerless to prevent their explosive and devastating conclusion. As someone who cherishes my “alone time” what reader doesn’t I was intrigued by the premise of this book A wealthy gentleman in 18th century Wales offers to pay a man to live in solitude underground in his converted cellar for 7 years This is framed as a sort of scientific experiment The subject is to live in ease and comfort with all his needs supplied and also will have all his outside obligations taken care of At the end of the 7 year period he will receive a lifetime income sufficient that he won’t have to workI had in my mind Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pondnothing could be further fromEarly in the book I started to lose interest but I held on and was richly rewarded At the end Nathan provides us with the text of the newspaper article that inspired this bookfascinating This is really good historical fiction and a fine piece of writing I enjoyed it thoroughly

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The Warlow Experiment Û N advertisement hoping for a gentleman recluseThe only man desperate enough to apply is John Warlow a semi literate farm labourer who needs to support his wife Hannah and their six children Cut off from nature and the turning of the seasons Warlow soon begins losing his grip on sanity Above ground Powyss finds yet another distraction from his greenhouse. The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan has the best premise I've read all year Can a man live for 7 years underground without seeing another human face It's 1792 and Herbert Powyss is a rich middle aged bachelor living in Moreham House in Herefordshire Powyss enjoys reading scientific papers and cultivating rare plants and vegetables in his vast gardens and greenhouses He is essentially a man of leisure and learningSeeking mention in the scientific journals he reads and the accolades he dreams will follow he devises an experiment converts the cellar beneath his house into a fine set of apartments and places the following advertisement A reward of 50 pounds a year for life is offered to any man who will undertake to live for 7 years underground without seeing a human face to let his fingernails grow during the whole of his confinement together with his beard Commodious apartments are provided with cold bath chamber organ as many books as the occupier shall desire Provisions will be served from Mr Powyss's table Every convenience desired will be provided To his disappointment the advertisement attracts just one applicant John Warlow is a rough labouring man who drinks beats his wife Hannah and has trouble putting food on the table for his six children He claims he won't miss seeing anybody for 7 years and is fixated on the guarantee of 50 pounds a year for life if he stays the duration of the experimentWarlow enters his lavishly furnished apartments in 1793 and is due to come out in the new century 1800 Although semi literate Warlow is asked to write a regular journal and has ready access to as many books as he wants There is a dumb waiter that will provide food wood candles and other suppliesWritten in the third person with chapters focussing on different characters we're given insight into Powyss Warlow Hannah Warlow's wife and several of the household servants I definitely enjoyed Warlow's chapters the most His thought process and experiences were transfixing and I longed to know what he was up to Ironically these same thoughts uickly begin to plague Powyss as he too becomes fixated on Warlow's existence just a few floors beneath his sumptuous library Powyss assuages his guilt by reminding himself Warlow is a willing participant and focussing on how the money from his experiment is transforming Warlow's familyI was eager for the experiment to work and for each of the characters to 'play their role' without messing it up Unfortunately accomplished author Alix Nathan had other plans Powyss's experiment doesn't uite go to plan for a variety of reasons and it reminded me just a little of the experiment failing in Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyIt was exciting to learn in the Author's Note that the author had based her novel on a real advertisement she stumbled across in the Annual Register from 1789 to 1814 and specifically the volume for 1797 Presented in a small hardback volume with a beautiful cover and stunning endpapers I was easily transported back in time in this gothic exploration of solitude scientific learning mental anguish transformation love penance and regretIf you're at all intrigued by the premise then The Warlow Experiment is for you Highly recommended for historical fiction readers and fans of the gothic genre Copy courtesy of Allen Unwin free read Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Alix Nathan

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Alix Nathan ó 3 summary The year is and Herbert Powyss is set on making his name as a scientist He is determined to study the effects of prolonged solitude on another human being though before now Powyss's sole subjects have been the plants in his greenhouse He fills three rooms beneath Moreham House with books paintings The Warlow Kindle and even a pianoforte then puts out a. A reward of £50 a year for life is offered to any man who will undertake to live for 7 years underground without seeing a human face to let his toe and fingernails grow during the whole of his confinement together with his beard Commodious apartments are provided with cold bath chamber organ as many books as the occupier shall desire Provisions will be served from Mr Powyss’s table Every convenience desired will be providedHerbert Powyss Moreham House Herefordshire January 1793The premise of this novel would have been incredible were if not for the fact that it is based on facts which actually occurred In an Author’s note at the end of the book Alix Nathan uotes an extract from the Annual Register for 1797 which describes the terms of the experiment or less as reproduced in the introductory uote and adds that “it appears that an occupier offered himself for this singular residence who is now in the fourth year of his probation a labouring man who has a large family all of whom are maintained by Mr P”This nugget of curious information is all the tantalizing because there appears to be no account of the aftermath of this real life experiment Nathan intrigued by the narrative opportunities of this episode wrote two related short stories An Experiment Above and An Experiment Below reflecting respectively the point of view of the ‘scientist’ and ‘subject’ These stories eventually formed the basis of The Warlow Experiment in which a wider canvas allows the author to enlarge her cast of characters and dwell longer on the historical backdrop We do not know the motivations of the real life “Powyss” Nathan’s is a recluse who prefers the company of his books and music at his residence Moreham Hall to the idle entertaining which seems to be expected of him With no family a frosty relationship with his servants and just one or less like minded friend his only dream is of being recognized in scientific circles This is what he sets out to do with his uniue experiment Shockingly he does not seem to take into account the fact that his subject being a human being this would raise ethical issues Powyss’ dogged determination is not tempered with enough humanity to make him realize that the conseuences of his actions could be tragic This seems to dawn on him only when he gets to know better Mrs Warlow whom he supports during the course of the experiment Not unexpectedly he becomes attracted to this woman so different from himself in class background education and temperament – this ironically makes him uestion the correctness of the “experiment” whilst only complicating an already explosive situationNathan has drawn a compelling story out of the bare bones of the Annual Register account The three part narrative arc of the novel is satisfying although some of the scenes especially the final one feels contrived and I particularly admired the different voices and points of view which are very well brought out The contrasting ‘narrators’ obviously reflect the origin of The Warlow Experiment as two short stories but the novel also includes the voices of other characters including Mrs Warlow The characterization is complex – in this respect one of the figures I liked best was the housemaid Catherine whom we see developing from a frankly rather unpleasant young woman to a steely determined and big hearted figureThe novel also works wonderfully as historical fiction The late 18th Century was a period of philosophical and scientific inuiry but was also – possibly for the same reasons – a period of social turbulence with revolutionary ideas sweeping across Europe This backdrop serves to highlight the ‘social’ themes of the book Indeed the experiment brings out the inherent injustices of a classist and patriarchal society Powyss seems to expect that a ‘gentleman’ of his background would be interested in becoming a hermit for science He does not stop to consider that the only person who might wish to give up his liberty for a ‘pension’ of fifty pounds would likely be someone financially desperate Despite Powyss’s attempts at being humane the nature of the experiment itself turns Warlow into a dehumanised subject and only serves to accentuate the divide between classes Moreover it is suggested that at all levels of society it is women who suffer most the educated and enlightened Powyss his ‘progressive’ friend Fox the firebrand Abraham Price with his dreams of euality – all become selfish and rapacious where women are concerned At the same time women are portrayed as the instigators of hope and redemption In this respect this is a worthy addition to a number of recent historical novels with a feminist streakVisit for a complete review including music by composers mentioned in the novel