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    William Jablonsky

ISBN: 9781605420998

The Clockwork Man

by: William Jablonsky

Ernst’s world is one of endless admirers, including foreign dignitaries and heads of state. Hailed as a marvel of late nineteenth-century automation, he is the crowning achievement of his master, Karl Gruber. A world-famous builder of automated clocks, Gruber has reached the pinnacle of his art in Ernst—a man constructed entirely of clockwork.

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William Jablonsky is originally from Rock Falls, Illinois, and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University’s creative writing program. His first book, a collection of short fiction titled The Indestructible Man, was published by Livingston Press in 2005. His stories have appeared in many nationally distributed literary journals, including the Beloit Fiction Journal, the Florida Review, the Southern Humanities Review, and Phoebe. After a seven-year stint in the Milwaukee area, he now lives in Iowa with his wife and three cats and teaches fiction writing at Loras College.
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Ernst’s world is one of endless admirers, including foreign dignitaries and heads of state. Hailed as a marvel of late nineteenth-century automation, he is the crowning achievement of his master, Karl Gruber. A world-famous builder of automated clocks, Gruber has reached the pinnacle of his art in Ernst—a man constructed entirely of clockwork.

Educated and raised in the Gruber household to be a gentle, caring soul, Ernst begins to discover a profound love for his master’s daughter, Giselle. Just as their relationship becomes intimate, however, tragedy strikes and the family falls apart. Ernst’s serene and happy existence is shattered and changed forever.

Abandoned, knowing no other life but the one he has led, Ernst allows himself to wind down in a kind of suicide.

Over one hundred years later, he awakens in a strange new land, the world he’s known long gone. Along with his mentor and guide, a well-meaning if slightly unstable homeless man, Ernst attempts to piece together the events that brought him to his new home—and to let go of the century-old tragedy that still haunts him.

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ISBN: 9781605420998
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2010
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“I highly recommend this book. It is a quick read that will draw you in until you cannot wait to find out what will happen next.” ~ Urban Bachelorette (July 2010)

“The story is a charming variation on a classic theme, and both the pacing and use of language are perfect for the plot development.” ~ Frieda Murray, Booklist (August 2010)

“. . . The Clockwork Man is a remarkably original tale. Filled with pathos, insight, and intrigue. . . .” ~ Ed Pichon, Fresh Fiction (August 17, 2010)

“I got more than I bargained for here in The Clockwork Man. Here I get to read about a guy made of clock parts, and he brings upon me some serious introspective questions. . . .” ~ Giovanni Gelati, Gelati’s Scoop (September 2010)

“The Clockwork Man is a unique tale that we will remember long after the last page is turned.” ~ Debby, Single Titles (July 2010)

“The Clockwork Man is an engaging read that will draw readers in with its complexity.” ~ Ramona Szczerba, Rain Taxi

“The hallmark of the book is definitely the way the author weaves a tale of pathos and adventure around a humanoid machine.” ~Malcolm Carvalho, dfuse.in

“Written as a first person account through Ernst's diary, the novel is a remarkable variation on a classic theme and is absolutely engaging throughout.” ~Satarupa Paul, The Sunday Guardian