Undertaking The System of the World


I’m finally to the last doorstop installment of Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle. I’m only 892 dense pages from finding out how the story of these Baroque heroes and thieves winds up.

Boy, I sure will be glad to return to the realm of books that can be carried around smartly in the outer pouch of your bag. This thing causes a goiter-like presence to surface when put in my bag. I feel a bit like Charlie Brown lugging about War and Peace. Nevertheless, I’m excited to see how our wily blackguard Jack will go against the icy wiles of Isaac Newton in pre-Georgian London-town.