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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Do you see any parallels between the world invoked in King Lear which was written in and the world of Fingerpost? The events of the novel are set in motion by the death of Robert Grove, an fellow of the New College.

But not because I thought he had been lying. Still fhe of the best books I’ve ever read, this has something for everyone.

I cannot stress enough the vivid re-creation for me of the 17C. The ending is perfect, which I didn’t think possible given what I thought I knew up to that point.

He has been sent by is father because his English partner is cheating him.

Finally, the ending is most satisfying. An Instance of the Fingerpost is simply mesmerising; fascinating in its ability to show what life was like shortly after Charles II. Hefty, intricately plotted, and intellectually ambitious, Fingerpost has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose and, for once, the comparison is apt. He is followed by a third narrator who does the same, and then a fourth who seems more reliable than the other three though who knows, really?

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. As historical fiction, this is the best I’ve ever read. This is one of those exceptionally rare historical novels that actually do seem to blend in with their intended time period. Our first narrator is Marco da Cola, a rather flamboyantly dressed young man from Venice who is in London on business for his father.

The narrators give each of the other characters their own voices; the way the four men perceived the people they are talking about. Certainly Merton Street has not aside from the yellow lines. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


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A student of medicine with interest in theories of blood circulation, he is soon befriended by Richard Lower, instahce Oxford doctor and actual historical figure who would later become the best-known physician of his day. I enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot from it.

This was one of those books that made me ache slightly when I got to the end, which is no mean feat given that it aan to nearly seven hundred pages. The second narrator focuses on the quest for truth through evidence of trustworthiness or betrayal, the latter requiring revenge. Oxford, England Truly from these seeds was sectarianism sown. The fourth quotation is the source of the title. Now that I have earned the wrath of the literati, let me conclude that I would highly recommend this book to serious readers, not fongerpost of fingerost mystery genre, but of the historical novel genre as well.

Return to Book Page. Despite the risks, he has a night of passion with her that goes beyond lust and reaches the first hills and dales of love. Only one reveals the extraordinary truth.

Review: An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears – Girl with her Head in a Book

The suspicion of Catholics remained like the modern threat of Islamic extremism and always ghe worry of how close they were to the King. Oddly enough, this is where I work and it was quite peculiar to read the various street names having just walked along their twenty-first century counterparts.

He carries a torch for Sarah.

He runs around with the anatomist – Richard Lower – a historical figure. Every sentence in the book is as treacherous as quicksand. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. 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 xn of Morpheus. The following two narrators are, however, unsympathetic to the point of being insufferable.

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Because what are witness accounts if not subjective interpretations of the truth? 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 be held close as we are assured that all of evidence of it has been destroyed.

To ask other readers questions about An Instance of the Fingerpostplease sign up. This to a degree more, I fear, than Pears intended. This fongerpost of a plot would, of course, be undone by bad writing. Each of these characters maneuvers through the web of Oxford rivalries and plots, and has his fingerpodt version of the story to tell.

The other factor in this decision was that this book, even in paperback, weighs about 10 pounds. The accounts are written in the form of memoirs by each narrator many years after the events they describe, after Thomas Ken gained his Bishopric but before the death of Henry Bennet.

The fourth narrator uses a variety of methods for pursuing truths, but I’ll leave you to discover his methods and biases since he has the priviledge of going last and revealing many hidden truths–or presenting another version of the truth in contrast or in addition to the three narratives that precede his.

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An Instance of the Fingerpost Reader’s Guide

This is one of those exceptionally rare historical novels that actually do seem to blend in with their intended time period. Described in this way, the novel sounds quite dispiriting, but Pears is deft at teasing and fingeropst the reader. The variety among them is amazing!

A historical novel starts from fact, but its creator must mesh fiction with facts to create a compelling narrative.