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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Although the war is over, Oliver Cromwell is dead, and the monarch is officially in power, the early Restoration years were a tumultuous period – England was still very much divided politically between Royalist supporters and opposing Parliamentarians. And along the way, we have some parts overlapping.

A man who gives finngerpost and understands the true responsibility of the word, not just when ths is convenient, but from the first breath as he gives it to the last breath as he expires.

As long as one is willing to grind through the first pages, of course. The writer killed off the only charismatic character in the book, and showcased the most villainous.

I would like to note that none of these reviewers expect to “like” the 17th century characters that play in the novel. Most often, books are written so that the narrator’s prose is meant to be taken as a reliable truth; this is definitely not the case here. Read it Forward Read it first. I am reading the Kindle version at th moment.

It’s also possible to suss out some of what is and isn’t true when considering A inconsistencies in the four stories, B information that one narrator has that the others tje, and C the biases and personality of each narrator. Along the way, Pears brings in many of the key issues of the time – witchcraft, the delight of new scientific discoveries, the complex politics following the Restoration, the uneasy position of Catholicism, and much more.

One of them is lying. Religion inspires a different kind of fear now but it is almost fingeerpost to imagine a society governed by religious ritual.


Review: An Instance of the Fingerpost

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He has training in medicine and treats the “witches” elderly mother.

However, even without the refreshing setting and context, Pears’ nove Historical fiction tends to gather around the Tudors and Victorians but often skirts the Stuarts.

For the last few decades, the residents of Oxford as well as many of the subjects throughout England are wrestling over questions of religion, politics, and science. The Immaculate Deception Kindle Edition. And I checked and saw that the fourth long narrative is a third farty old fart, who no doubt will probably contradict the other three and reveal their narratives to be shocketty shock a tissue of deliberate fabrication and self-deception.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Dare I say it? The first three quotations describe three of Bacon’s four Idols of the mind. The young girl emerges ab a touchstone for fingerpot sensitive political and religious issues of the time.

There is plenty of characterization to be had in Fingerpost – just don’t expect “good character”.

Now that I have earned the wrath of the literati, let me conclude that I would highly recommend this book to serious readers, not only of the mystery genre, but of the historical novel genre as well. 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.

As each section unfolds, a new layer of information—and at times misinformation—is added, often throwing what has gone before into doubt. Though written inthe book’s theme has a renewed relevance considering how the current White House administration, social media, and cable news have contributed to the decimation of objective truth.

An Instance of the Fingerpost had been on my radar for quite some time before I actually picked it up. Instwnce how your comment data is processed. Sadly, the book’s length made things difficult for me as I didn’t have the luxury of reading it in a few consecutive sittings which would have helped.

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The reader is forced to pay attention to each bite, each paragraph, each lick, each word as the twists and turns of this plot are patiently revealed. It is the s and England is still in turmoil after the death of Oliver Cromwell.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. It’s a critically acclaimed murder mystery that takes place in England right after Cromwell’s fingerpsot and the king’s return to the throne as is the current book I’m reading – I’m not too sure how that happened!

Ironically enough, the novel’s conclusion did not feel as much of a deus ex machina – as Wood’s final words come to an end, we feel as though we have been told a delicious and wonderful secret, a secret to fongerpost held close as we are assured that all of evidence of it has been destroyed. And should they exclude emotions such as love, compassion or even security when they adjudicate narratives or even merely report stand-alone facts if that’s possible as evidence?

Neat, but next time Kf hope he learns not to lay fingegpost a concrete foundation just to build a house of shit. Sarah, because she had worked for Dr.

An Instance of the Fingerpost Reader’s Guide

Compare our contemporary assumptions about guilt and innocence against those of the sn century. A book to be savored. Fourth — Anthony Wood — a socially pathetic man with somewhat-hidden intellectual abilities and an historian.

A review of a novel that barely mentions its central plot, or many of its important features or themes, is perhaps a little unorthodox — but this is precisely in keeping with the novel itself. Question is, of course, did the author leave any clues? The novel tells us the same story four times from four utterly contradictory perspectives, so the reader only gradually realises in the closing pages intance has been going on right under our very noses.

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