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His daily thoughts and actions The pay fifty pounds per annum for life Only one man is desperate to apply for the job John Warlow a semi literate laborer with a wife and six children to provide for The experiment a classic Enlightenment exercise gone than a little mad will have unforeseen conseuences for all include. As someone who cherishes my alone time what reader doesn t I was intrigued by the premise of this book A wealthy gentleman in 18th century Wales offers to pay a man to live in solitude underground in his converted cellar for 7 years This is framed as a sort of scientific experiment The subject is to live in ease and comfort with all his needs supplied and also will have all his outside obligations taken care of At the end of the 7 year period he will receive a lifetime income sufficient that he won t have to workI had in my mind Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pondnothing could be further fromEarly in the book I started to lose interest but I held on and was richly rewarded At the end Nathan provides us with the text of the newspaper article that inspired this bookfascinating This is really good historical fiction and a fine piece of writing I enjoyed it thoroughly

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The Warlow Experiment

Herbert Powyss lives in an estate in the Welsh Marches with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman's fashionable investigations and experiments in botany But he longs to make his mark in the field of science something conseuential enough to present to the Royal Society in London He hits on a radical experiment. This is an intriguing read off the beaten path for sure Going from a reasonable human experiment to yep that was to be expected But the journey wowIt s 1793 Powyss a wealthy man wants to conduct an experiment to find out how resilient the human mind is when isolated from the world John Warlow is the only one who volunteers mainly because the offer of 50 a year for the rest of his life is so tempting He agrees to live in a luxurious but dark apartment in the basement of Powyss mansion He and his pauper family outside are very well looked after So far so good The book has a good pace an interesting subject and I m glued to my KindlePretty soon though Warlow realises he s on his own No job no human contact nothing to do and his hair and nails are growing steadily He makes up all kinds of mischief to keep himself occupied but the first cracks are beginning to show and the mood gets darker We follow his existance for four years as well as life upstairs and in the regular worldThere is a good balance in darkness and light good times and bad and we get to know all characters indepth The writing is excellent I like how language is used to show the ranks in society I won t spoil the ending but as the book progresses you ll see it coming How it eventually plays out though is uite stunningThe Warlow Experiment is food for thought well crafted and highly recommendedThank you Netgalley and Serpent s Tail for the ARC

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In isolation For seven years a subject will inhabit three rooms in the basement of the manor house fitted out with rugs books paintings and even a chamber organ Meals will arrive thrice daily via a dumbwaiter The solitude will be totally unrelieved by any social contact whatsoever; the subject will keep a diary of. This was not a fast read by any means but a captivating one especially since this was based on a true storySet in 1792 Herbert Powyss is a wealthy man a scientist of sorts who wishes to conduct his own experiment and offer labourer John Warlow the princely sum of 50 pounds a year for life if he consents to live underground in a cellar for 7 years without human contact John is a brutish man who beats his children and has grown tired of his meek wife Hannah so he willingly accepts the offer to live in comfort and away from his family Little does he know that this experiment will go horribly wrong for everyone with conseuences that were never imagined There were times the story lagged for me but the depth of the story kept me intrigued till the end A haunting and somewhat somber read


10 thoughts on “The Warlow Experiment

  1. says:

    Alix Nathan's brilliant historical novel is inspired by an actual 1797 advertisement and set in Wales where Herbert Powys a well off man living on his estate with his servants he has no family He has a strong interest in botany but is driven by an inner desire to make his mark in the scientific field He hits on conducting a controv

  2. says:

    This is an intriguing read off the beaten path for sure Going from a reasonable human experiment to yep that was to be expected But the journey wowIt's 1793 Powyss a wealthy man wants to conduct an experiment to find out how resilient the human mind is when isolated from the world John Warlow is the only one wh

  3. says:

    A reward of £50 a year for life is offered to any man who will undertake to live for 7 years underground without seeing a human face to let his toe and fingernails grow during the whole of his confinement together with his beard Commodious apartments are provided with cold bath chamber organ as many books as the occupier shall desire Provi

  4. says:

    This was not a fast read by any means but a captivating one especially since this was based on a true storySet in 1792 Herbert Powyss is a wealthy man a scientist of sorts who wishes to conduct his own experiment and offer labourer John Warlow the princely sum of 50 pounds a year for life if he consents to live underground in a cellar for 7 y

  5. says:

    I received this book from Serpent's Tail in exchange for an honest reviewIn 1793 Welshman Herbert Powyss does not want his name to fall into obscurity and decides to conduct an experiment about the effects of a seven year solitude on a man's behavior After constructing underground rooms Powyss employs semi literate John Warlow to live there His clothes and food will be provided for him but he won't see or speak to another person for over ha

  6. says:

    The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan has the best premise I've read all year Can a man live for 7 years underground without seeing another human face? It's 1792 and Herbert Powyss is a rich middle aged bachelor l

  7. says:

    Nathan’s novel is based on a true story in 1793 a Mr Powyss offered £50 a year for life to any man who would undertake to live in solitary confinement underground for seven years without cutting his nails hair or beard keeping a

  8. says:

    45 May or may not upgrade to a 5 Definitely want to say things about this book as well as the one I just I finished previously Recursion—both

  9. says:

    As someone who cherishes my “alone time” what reader doesn’t? I was intrigued by the premise of this book A wealthy gentleman in

  10. says:

    Herbert Powys a wealthy man from Herefordshire is a loner interested only in books and horticulture In 1793 he decides he wants to ma