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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There’s a lovely bit in the musical film “Call Me Fkngerpost, when a lyrical ballad is succeeded by a contrasting upbeat number – both good – then, miraculously they are sung at the same time, working brilliantly together watch it here – if you’re interested, but ignore Ethel Merman’s over-acting.
An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears – Reading Guide – : Books
Apr 26, K rated it really liked it Shelves: Anthony Wood, a witness to these events, is reconciled to the verdict calling for her execution in the belief that the divine plan will be fulfilled. An Instance of the Fingerpost is a long but involving book, which pays great attention to its historical setting and theme, but at the same time manages to weave in a compelling, involving mystery, full of smoking guns and false trails, and one which will not reveal itself to the reader until the very end to the book.
Religion inspires a different kind of fear now but it is almost impossible to imagine a society governed by religious ritual. For instance, the jurors mentioned above, would all be disqualified by the judge in an American rape trial.
This post contains affiliate links which you can use to purchase the book. This latter was by far the finest investment I ever made, the more so because the captain of the vessel assured me the slaves were instructed vigorously in the virtues of Christianity fingepost their voyage across the ocean and thus had their souls saved at the same time as they produced valuable labor for others.
Someday I will likely read this again thee try to trace how Pears did this slight of hand. 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. Apr 27, Sue rated it it was amazing Recommends it fjngerpost There is a question mark over each character in Fingerpost, what are their politics? I don’t see how anyone in their right literary mind, however, can conclude that this is not a GREAT piece of fiction.
He sees grand conspiracies where maybe the odd behavior of some people has to do with something altogether different than plotting the downfall of the government. Read reviews that mention instance of the fingerpost name of the rose sarah blundy historical fiction iain vingerpost anthony wood umberto eco murder mystery points of view marco da cola points of view civil war story is told john locke john wallis historical mystery tour de force stone fall ever read historical figures.
This is no fluffy period drama, but rather a grubby and uncertain tale where the truth is only ever glimpsed fleetingly. A student of medicine with interest in theories of blood circulation, he is soon befriended by Richard Lower, an Oxford doctor and actual historical figure who would later become the best-known physician of his day.
Review: An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears
Not Enabled Word Wise: Pears captures not only the physical details of 17C life but also the ideas and attitudes of the period as well. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Told from four viewpoints of varying reliability, this murder mystery gets gradually revealed as the story unfolds. If you are reading this for a fast-paced thriller, murder-mystery, you will probably be quickly bored. Described in this way, the novel sounds quite dispiriting, but Pears is deft at teasing and enchanting the reader.
For my full review: It had been a complicated case and the town was by no means convinced of her guilt. But four witnesses–a medical student, the son of a traitor, a cryptographer, and an archivist–each finger a different culprit Keeping track of all the characters most of whom are historical figurestheir motivations, and the elements that agree and conflict in each of their stories is intellectually stimulating.
But I kept in mind who these men were, so I was more than satisfied with it. His Iain Pears is an English art historian, novelist and journalist.
Orphans of the Carnival, Carol Birch Review: Facing that risk, I will try to accurately observe my world and describe it as faithfully and bravely as I can—while allowing myself personal Restoration with ingenious storytelling like this–the instwnce “fiction” I will accept. Great story, flesh-and-blood characters, authentic sense of the times, and it kept my interest for pages.
I actually liked An Instance of the Fingerpost even better than the previous Iain Pears book I read, Stone’s Fallwhich I also found enjoyable and impressive and just a bit beyond me at times but not to the insfance where I couldn’t a Iain Pears was recommended to me by a highly intelligent academic I know, someone whose opinion I respect when it comes to the intellectual.
The full text using a slightly different translation to the book is as follows:. Jack is the second narrator. July 22, April 27, theoxfordculturereview. The cynical but unhinged paranoia of the seventeenth-century police state looms over ihstance narrative to chilling effect.
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