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Plutonic Sonnets

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ISBN-10: 1607032244
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607032244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607032243
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,842,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Graber tells the story of the planet Pluto, but in an ingenious way. He tells it through a dizzying cast of characters, both human and divine, branching back through time to ancient Greece, all directly or tangentially related to the finding and naming of that planet. Through his words comes an almost maternal indulgence and fondness for them, despite their obvious flaws and eccentricities--whether they be astronomer, philosopher, or god. Through this lens they become both endearing and slightly ridiculous.

I would imagine that trying to write 171 sonnets would make me want to pull my hair out, since it is such a constraining form. But they don't feel agonized over at all. In fact, that quaint, restrained form is what makes the rather nerdy subject matter so exceptionally sweet and charming. I get the impression that Dr. Graber was reveling in the process of counting the syllables and finding the rhymes, even the slightly corny ones, as if it were a puzzle. Some of them, like when he rhymes "curiosity" with "nebulosity" are purely delightful. He clearly had fun writing this. His rather quirky sense of humor is ubiquitous. And reading, you get the feeling that he has a personal investment in how the story unfolds, and is feeling all his characters' triumphs and failures with them.

The telling of the story never gets too labored. It feels webbed together in a light and dreamy way. Sometimes one sonnet leads into the next, sometimes the connections are more ambiguous, and slowly gain clarity. There are stories within stories. Dr. Graber's reimagining of the myth of Pluto and Proserpina is just lovely. History, myth, playfulness, and romance are all gracefully interlaced.
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Rob Graber has breathed new life into old tales, even while telling them in traditional sonnet style. His sonnets are threads woven into a fascinating story that wraps itself around your mind and dares you to ignore the urge to turn the page.

Through a fantastic combination of imagery and unique language usage, the reader is mesmerized by gods and goddesses, mythology and fact. This author utilizes his skill with words to take his readers on an adventure, pondering mythology, creation, human nature, and astronomy.

Whether you are a fan of classic poets or simply looking for something fresh in the world of poetry, Plutonic Sonnets will not disappoint.
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I picked this book up intending to read just a few sonnets and couldn't put it down! Not only is it well written and well researched, it's very entertaining. Dr. Graber did his homework as far as Percival Lowell and the Lowell Observatory are concerned, even quoting directly from the correspondence in the Lowell archives. I highly recommend this book as a way to learn about everything from Pluto (the god) to Pluto (the planet) to plutonium. Enjoy! Antoinette Beiser
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A friend recommended this book to me and before I could decline she ran to her library to grab it off the shelf. I was going to placate her by reading a few of the sonnets from Mr Gaber's book. However, once I started to read the sonnets I could not put the book down. When my husband came into the room I started to read some to him. We spent a most delightful evening reading these sonnets to one another. This book is an amazing surprise and quite ingenious. It does leave you longing for more.

Anita Bjorklund
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The Shakespearian sonnet is Mr. Graber's form of choice. With that form well in hand Mr. Graber sets off on an interplanetary voyage. One hundred and sixty five thematic sonnets giving us the history of the planets, their discovery and naming. That, and a tangential tale for every step and misstep along the way.

The "Sonnets" is an exploration, a romance, and one steady chuckle. The story begins on Samos, the Greek isle, and ends several centuries later in Arizona, more or less. Along the way Mr. Graber's cast of characters, a rambunctious household of Roman gods, and a host of earthly astronomers, scientists and forward thinkers, entwine their fortunes. The result is a planetary system, our own, complete and named. More or less. We learn of the elements that make up the cosmos, we learn why Pluto deserves our compassion, we learn that love is eternal.

This is not dry material. This is a peopled story. This is a story of conflict and resolution. Gods are pitted against mortals, and more often against one another. Scientists and astronomers pitch battle against the status quo and the religious thinking of their era. It is fact vs. fiction vs. fact, for even among the fact seekers, there is rarely consensus.

What makes the "Sonnets" compelling is Mr. Graber's own story, a love story, modest and profound, woven within the larger history. What makes the "Sonnets" a pleasure to read is the humor, which is sometimes low key, sometimes dry wit, sometimes approaching slapstick. My first laugh came early, Sonnet lll, written to Democritus:

"In darkness lies the Sun King, long congealed ,
While in your light the Cosmos stands revealed!"

With that I knew I this journey was going to be fun. And it was.

It is apparent that Mr.
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