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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press; First Edition edition (October 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881464015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881464016
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sheridan Hough is professor of Philosophy at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Her poetry has appeared in many literary magazines her first volume of poetry, The Hide, was published by Inleaf Press in 2007. She is the author of Nietzsche s Noontide Friend: The Self as Metaphoric Double (Penn State Press, 1997). Mirror s Fathom is her first novel.

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Sheridan Hough is an author, philosopher, and poet. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the College of Charleston. Her poetry has appeared in many literary magazines--her first volume of poetry, The Hide, was published by Inleaf Press in 2007. She is the author of Nietzsche's Noontide Friend: The Self as Metaphoric Double (Penn State Press, 1997). Mirror's Fathom (Mercer University Press, 2012) is her first novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By macpito on January 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Entwining mystery, philosophy, and romance, set in Copenhagen, Malta, and London, Mirror's Fathom tells the stories of two people living a century apart whose fates are somehow linked to a mysterious mirror.

In 1898, Tycho Lund is a Danish antiques dealer and great-nephew of philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, whose work he has never read. After Tycho meets the beautiful Juliana Sophie, a devoted admirer of Kierkegaard and daughter of the libertine Count Viggo, he acquires a sudden interest in his great-uncle's ideas. Marriage to Juliana Sophie is all but certain, but first he must perform a service for the Count: find a mirror containing some compromising letters. His quest will take him to London and Malta, frustrate him, and finally immortalize him as the notorious anarchist, the "Brigand Tycho."

In 2009, Rowena is a Maltese housewife of aristocratic lineage with a girth problem and a fascination with a Neolithic artifact called "The Sleeping Lady." Her husband Adrian is promoting a great event, a quest to find a mirror the Brigand Tycho dumped in the harbor in 1898, the companion to a mirror she has inherited. Rowena will find something else....

The twists and turns of Sheridan Hough's novel will keep you wondering; will take you on a roller-coaster ride both intellectual and emotional. Warning: You may not want to look in a mirror again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Campbell on December 22, 2012
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Sheridan Hough's romantic and philosophical mystery brings lovers of language a beautiful word portrait of Malta in the late 1890s linked via an antique mirror with the well-rendered world of a London housewife in 2009. The two stories in the impeccably researched "Mirror's Fathom" are an exploration of lovers, relationships, trust, and Søren Kierkegaard's claim that "temporality, finitude is what it is all about."

In 2009, Rowena is losing herself to a life of increasing tedium and lack of direction. To her credit, she has a growing (if not slightly obsessive) interest in archeology and a 5,000-year-old terra cotta figurine called "The Sleeping Lady." Rowena owns a fix-foot high looking glass, a mirror so tall that it makes "any pose quite naked, even though she is wearing her ballet gear."

In 1898, Tycho Wilhelm Lund, a disinterested descendent of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard is invited to appraise antiquities at the home of Regine Schlegel. When he arrives, Mrs. Schlegel is hosting a discussion of her Kierkegaard reading group and insists that Tycho sit through it before he looks at the house's old furnishings. The group is shocked to hear that a descendent of Kierkegaard is painfully unaware of the philosopher's works.

Tycho, whom Rowena will hear described 111 years later as "the Brigand Tycho," endures the discussion because he must. In the process, he becomes infatuated with the stunning and articulate Juliana Sophie whom, it would appear, sees him as a prospective project, a man needing to be schooled in the ways and means of creating a true self. When their relationship develops, Juliana's father tells Tycho he will approve of a prospective courtship only after Tycho travels to Malta to find a missing six-foot tall mirror.
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Sheridan Hough's novel, Mirror's Fathom, has given the reader a work that appeals at several levels: a good mystery in which principal characters explore the Kirkegaardian philosophical idea of Governance(Styrelsen), i. e. God's plan for you. To find Self, to become a whole person one must have a passion, a purpose, to make sense of one's life. Tihis must be accomplished in finite time.

Hough makes use of rich language and literary devices to let the reader see, hear, smell taste and feel. Settings in and descriptions of Danish, British and Maltese cultures add to the reader's interest.

Hough's story-telling skill, her scholarship and attention to detail make this a read not to be missed.
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Mirror's Fathom is a wonderfully written tale that interwines history, philosphy, and romance into a novel that you simply can't put down. Sheridan Hough brings the lands of Malta, London, and Denmark to life and weaves a story that vividly takes you through the centuries and through the lives of Tycho Lund, a Danish antiques dealer, Juliana Sophie, the love of Tycho's life and a devoted admirer of Kierkegaard, and Rowena, a Maltese housewife, characters whose lives intersect through a mysterious mirror.
This book will fascinate anyone who loves historic novels, tales of exotic locales, and suspenseful mysteries. The writing is smart and captivating. I couldn't put the book down until I found out what happened to all of the compelling characters.
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