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Throughout this original and moving memoir, the consistent theme that repeatedly shines out is the way in which chemistry is compared to real life. Levi constructs many links between these two aspects, and the title draws attention to the way in which this novel makes comparisons and gives scientific accounts of a variety of experiences and substances. Consider, for example, the way that the novel starts and how inert gases are linked to the life of the author:

They are indeed so inert, so satisfied with their condition, that they do not interfere in any chemical reaction, do not combine with any other element, and for precisely this reason have gone undetected for...

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