An Instance of the Fingerpost [Iain Pears] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In Oxford, a servant girl confesses to a murder. But four. A national bestseller and one of the New York Public Library’s Books to Remember, An Instance of the Fingerpost is a thrilling historical mystery. This massive, delightfully titled literary thriller (it’s a quote from Sir Francis Bacon) is the kind of gamble it’s great to see a publisher taking in these often timid.
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However, even without the refreshing setting and context, Fingeepost nove Historical fiction tends to gather around the Tudors and Victorians but often skirts the Stuarts. As a mystery, An Instance of the Fingerpost is entertainment of the most intelligent sort; as a novel of ideas, it proves equally satisfying. He runs around with the anatomist – Richard Lower – a historical figure. Still one of the best books I’ve ever read, this has something for everyone. What is their religion?
A lot of the particulars are therefore no longer easily retrievable from my brain. Read it Forward Read it first. Get to Fingerpots Us.
Along with the A “novel” novel please pardon the attempted humorwhere unreliable narrators outnumber purported reliability by a long shot.
The author juggles the contrasting views of the unreliable narrators with veritable finesse, so the solution to the mystery isn’t revealed till the very last pages.
One person found this helpful. You will like Anthony Wood. We are experiencing technical difficulties.
Learn how your comment data is processed. Good historians are not necessarily good authors and good authors are not necessarily good historians, but in Fingerpost Pears manages to strike a comfortable balance between both professions.
A great recipe that few authors have instanve talent to follow.
Pears borrows a large number of real-life historical figures and luckily a helpful Who’s Who in the back helped to put the names into context, but still Pears is the not the kind of writer who stops to waste time with lengthy exposition.
He moved on to Oxford in an effort to improve his situation and fell in with some of the notable scientific minds of the day. He turns his hand to being a physician, untrained, but it seems that in this time period men with a degree in most anything would occasionally turn their hand to doctoring.
In the final segment, a decent character came back into play, and things started looking up — until, that is, the author decided to cheer the reader by introducing the Theology card. One of the bigger surprises for me would probably not surprise a history buff very much, but it’s still presented in a neat way that should interest someone who saw it coming.
Set up a giveaway. The setting of the novel isjust after the restoration of the monarchy following the English Civil Warwhen the authority of King Charles II is not yet settled, and conspiracies abound. What a marvelous book.
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The result is at times confusing and exasperating, but always nail-biting and exciting. Like many men, then and now, he liked a glass of alcoholic liquor at the end of the day to calm his frazzled nerves and hopefully give him a gentle push off into the land of Morpheus. An unfortunate outcome, which those who believed fingeerpost her guilt considered divine Providence. It looks like you still need to set up your Goodreads account. The full text using a slightly different translation to the book is as follows:.
So begins Iain Pears’s crafty, utterly mesmerizing intellectual thriller, An Instance of the Fingerpost. Still, demand and use will likely be heavy. The novel tells us the same story four times from four utterly contradictory perspectives, so the reader only gradually realises in the closing pages what has been going on right under our very noses.
Full of the suspicions, superstitions, traditions and beliefs of the seventeenth century, the reader is plunged into a dark and murky world of plots, whispers and secrets where it is almost impossible to tell instajce false coin from the genuine.
Two of the narrators are the mathematician John Wallis and the historian Anthony Wood. We closely observe a “witch” and her crafta physician who badly wishes to complete the first modern book on anatomy, the second-greatest mathemetician in Tne behind Newtonand get glimpses of other luiminaries such as Robert Boyle of the famous gas law and Thurloe of political intrigue forgotten by all but scholars of the time.
Review: An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears
On the face of it, de Cola has nothing to hide, no axe to grind. Yes, there is a murder to be solved, but there are multiple mysteries within the novel: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.
Published April 1st by Riverhead Books first published Yet as each of the others take their turn, we begin to question his version intance events. Apr 30, Scott rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: His former servant Sarah Blundy comes under suspicion of having poisoned him and no one can quite seem to agree about her true nature.
Well-written tour de force set in Restoration Englandth century.
A historical novel starts from fact, te its creator must mesh fiction with facts to create a compelling narrative. Jun 16, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is so intricately plotted and erudite and full of history.