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Das erste Transatlantikkabel soll gelegt werden, doch es reißt wieder und wieder. Das größte Schiff aller Zeiten soll zu Wasser gebracht werden, doch es weigert sich, vom Stapel zu laufen. Wir schreiben das Jahr 1857, und die Welt windet sich in den Geburtswehen der Moderne. Die Welt, das ist zunächst der amerikanische Ingenieur Chester Ludlow, der sich mit Haut und HaarenDas erste Transatlantikkabel soll gelegt werden, doch es reißt wieder und wieder. Das größte Schiff aller Zeiten soll zu Wasser gebracht werden, doch es weigert sich, vom Stapel zu laufen. Wir schreiben das Jahr 1857, und die Welt windet sich in den Geburtswehen der Moderne. Die Welt, das ist zunächst der amerikanische Ingenieur Chester Ludlow, der sich mit Haut und Haaren der Idee verschrieben hat, das erste Telegraphenkabel durch den Atlantik zu verlegen. Ludlow begibt sich mit einer illustren Theatertruppe und einem verspielt-naiven Stück, das die Verlegung des Atlantikkabels zum Thema hat, auf Reisen, um Geld für das Projekt zu sammeln....

Title : Rausch
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ISBN : 9783492242264
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 768 Pages
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Rausch Reviews

  • Carol Cronin
    2019-05-06 08:44

    Lovely to be engrossed in a big book again, one that will take me more than a few days to read. Update: Though parts of this book are a little overloaded with information, it is worth slogging through those for the story and the education about something that we all take for granted today: laying a wireless cable across the Atlantic.

  • Dokusha
    2019-05-19 06:07

    Die Geschichte des Transatlantikkabels, bzw. der Bemühungen, dieses Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts zu verlegen, bildet den Rahmen für dieses Buch. Die Komplexität des Unternehmens und die Herausforderungen, die es an alle Beteiligten und die Ausrüstung stellt, werden spannend dargestellt und lassen einen erahnen, welche Mühen und Anstrengungen damals nötig waren, um eine direkte Kommunikation zwischen Amerika und Europa zu ermöglichen.Ich habe mir nicht die Mühe gemacht, zu überprüfen, inwiefern die Geschichte der Realität entspricht - sie klingt auf jeden Fall plausibel, und wie sagen die Italiener? Se non è vero, è ben trovato.In diese Rahmengeschichte sind noch diverse menschliche Schicksale und Entwicklungen eingebunden. Die große Bandbreite an Charakteren, die direkt oder indirekt mit dem Unternehmen verbunden ist, bietet eine ebensolche Bandbreite an Lebensläufen, die sich in wechselhafter Form überschneiden, verbinden und wieder lösen.Man könnte es fast ein Epos nennen, aber halt nur fast. Mehrere Male springen Ereignisse als Tiger los und landen als Bettvorleger, oder eine Entwicklung ist zu unglaubwürdig, um zu fesseln. Aber im Großen und Ganzen eine schöne Lektüre.

  • Perry Whitford
    2019-04-21 01:57

    What a lovely surprise this book was! A huge, engrossing tale about the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable in the middle of the 19th century, as deep, wide and mysterious as the ocean itself.Griesemer fictionalizes the lives of the men who engineered, financed and chronicled the undertaking, as well as the women who shared their story while living their own extraordinary lives as musicians, mistresses and estranged wives.Chester Ludlow is the ambitious, charismatic engineer who leads the American side of the venture, Franny his fragile, estranged wife. Both are haunted by the tragic death of their four year old daughter, which pushes them apart. Chester throws himself into his work and a reckless affair, whereas Franny, initially listless and withdrawn, experiences a spiritual awakening and becomes determined upon her own, very different quest. Primarily this is a book about communication - between people, between nations and between one world and the next. Griesemer, a sometime actor who has appeared in some major Hollywood movies, has an eye for the epic sweep.There are some highly cinematic, memorable scenes, predominantly this is a warm, intimate work where you feel in very close empathy with the characters throughout.A triumph.

  • Liedzeit
    2019-05-16 05:45

    Das geht vielversprechend los und wird dann fast unerträglich öde. Erzählt wird die Geschichte von Chester Ludlow, der ein Kabel durch den Atlantik legen möchte. Nach einigen Fehlversuchen und ein paar Hundert Seiten ist es vollbracht.Dazwischen hat er Frau verlassen, sich mit einer anderen eingelassen, und ist zurückgekehrt zur Gattin. Bruder ist spinnert und Spiritist, wie auch die verlassene Gattin, die Spiritistin wird, um tote Tochter wiederzusehen, und als solche jahrelang durchs Land reist. Alles sehr unspannend.Interessant die Nebenfigur des zeichnenden Chronisten Trace und seiner Beziehung zur lieben Prostituierten.Heidenreich fand das Buch “wunderbar” und Brigitte “sprachgewaltig”, was nun völliger Käse ist, da es gerade sprachlich ganz schwach ist.

  • Monica Maher
    2019-05-03 01:08

    The laying of the Transatlantic Cable-fascinating.

  • Marvin
    2019-05-10 01:00

    A big, ambitious book with lots of symbol & metaphor (particularly related to the words of the title), much of which undoubtedly went over my head, but also with masterful storytelling & a few really brilliantly renedered scenes (including one in which one of the main characters walks out as far as he can on a collapsed railroad bridge over a gorge; reading it I had the same feeling in my bowels as I do when I'm in a situation that triggers my fear of heights). The characters are wonderfully drawn: the chief engineer on several failed attempts to lay a transatlantic cable; his wife, a former actress who becomes a traveling spiritualist lecturer just before, during, & after the Civil War; the musician with whom the engineer has an affair; the journalist/artist who documents the cable venture; the London prostitute he loves; the cable company promoter; the engineer's brother; and other lesser characters, including President & Mrs. Lincoln. They're all, as I said, richly drawn, though the women less so than the men. The book is set mostly in the years leading up to the Civil War, & the third of the 4 "books" (the shortest one) is set during the Civil War, but this feels less like a Civil War novel (though in that section it had strong similarities to Gob's Grief, in its focus on spiritualism & its relationship to those who lost loved ones in the war), than an introduction to a world on the verge of the Gilded Age, the Age of Science, the Age of Communication. Yet, as with the best historical fiction, it showed how those grand themes played out in the most intimate details of the lives of its characters.

  • Brooke Stoddard
    2019-04-27 03:45

    One can only gasp at the toil of John Griesemer for his thick Signal and Noise. Like the Great Eastern ship that launches the book and makes repeated appearances, the book is almost huge beyond imagining. One wonders how long it took and what his reward has been. Writing such a book supposes (or hopes for) a sufficient number of readers with the time to commit to plowing into and through it. I believe it's worth the time. The principal plot element is one generally forgotten -- the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable, an effort of the 1850s and '60s. High hopes attended; it was almost a Victorian moon landing -- who could imagine, rapid communication between America and Europe, not weeks at sea in a mail sack? Like any good novelist, Griesemer delivers delicate details -- small streams in the White Mountains, odors in 1850s London -- as well as grander vistas -- storms at sea, scientific and engineering chicanery, dreams of capitalists, inquiries into a world beyond death. Ambitous? Definitely. But Griesemer brings the ship into port.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-30 04:04

    Preconceived notions about books are so dangerous. Based on the small amount I'd read about this one, I was hoping for a novel built around the technological drama of laying the first Transatlantic telegraph cable. And, in fact, that's exactly what it was. But there was very little emphasis on the cable at all, except as a setting and a plot device. No one but me had decided there should be a strong technical basis to the book, but then I was disappointed when it was lacking. It was a well-written book with a good story. The history, as far as I can tell, was fairly solid. The characters were fine, but nothing outstanding. There were a number of shocking coincidences and some fuzzy mysticism. It was all decently enjoyable and solidly unexceptional. I shouldn't build things up so much in my head.

  • Lynn Dee
    2019-04-29 08:58

    I am going to have to give up on this book. I am around 400 pages in and hate not to finish but I might hate myself more if I do. I am to the point where all the main characters are now somehow conveniently involved with the Lincolns and it seems a bit cheesy. Also, the author seems to be in love with Chester and especially Katerina and I find them both shallow, selfish and boring. Otis, Franny, Jack Trace, Spude and Joachim are all much more interesting characters but have to take a back seat to the golden-haired god and goddess and their love affair.

  • Rob Innis
    2019-04-29 07:05

    Quite engrossing as the family trials and tribulations of the characters are intertwined with the technological challenges of the day. Griesemer manages to capture the right mood and images of the day transporting you back to the 19th century and you get caught up in the adventures and mis adventures as you can't wait to turn the page to see if they succeed or fail. A good yarn, maybe a bit longer than needed but something to get your teeth into.

  • Bert Klimas
    2019-04-29 02:10

    I was looking for Nate Silvers' book of a similar title.You know how you serendipitously find a great book when you picked up the wrong title? Yeah, well, it didn't happen here. It's a historical novel, something that is usually either a hit or a miss with me. Miss.I plowed through a couple of chapters and realized I really did not care. Back to the library it went.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-03 03:50

    What a long meandering epic. The jacket says the background is the laying of the transatlantic cable, which is true for the beginning and the end, but there is a great big middle part which skirts around the Civil War, Spritualism and other topical stuff on both sides of the Pond. It kept me entertained.

  • Serge
    2019-04-20 04:08

    Kind of historical fiction, kind of an engineering story, less of a human story. Great research and well written, but it didn't have that much to interest me. Worth reading if you're keen on that period of history in particular.

  • Kim
    2019-04-26 05:06

    Historical fiction....1858-1866 London, Atlantic, America....laying of the Transatlantic cable for telegraph; progress.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-03 05:00

    This novel about the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable contains a lot of good social history as well as technology history.

  • Rabin
    2019-05-12 05:12

    This book conveys a person's true identity...

  • Verfaille Dirk
    2019-05-08 06:09

    very good

  • Jonathan
    2019-05-10 05:02

    A wonderful novel about the laying of the first Transatlantic telegraph cable.

  • John
    2019-04-23 01:57

    A little slow going at first, but worthwhile in the end because of covers so much history and not just the cable.