An Instance of the Fingerpost
"It is 1663, and England is wracked with intrigue and civil strife. When an Oxford don is murdered, it seems at first that the incident can have nothing to do with great matters of church and state....Yet, little...more
Oliver Cromwell, not really relevant to this book exce...more
Along with the...more
The story of this thriller is retold, in succession, by four different people. One of them lies and not until the very end does the reader know who is falsifying the story. And that is why I wanted to read it again: to pay attention to the structure and to how the story is woven by different points of view, and see where the liar has fabric...more
The measured revelation -- and eventual closure -- of what ends up being a complex event, initially disg...more
I mean, I read as damn much as I could. which was roughly 1/3. it was going nowhere, and honestly, I didn't find it compelling enough to move much further. there's a sort of mystery I couldn't really get into, and there's regular (and, at the end of the book, carefully cited) appearances by british scientists and philosophers of the period, but there was nothing that actually made me want to pay attention. I didn't care about the characters or their progress.
I actually liked An Instance of the Fingerpost even better than the previous Iain Pears book I read, Stone's Fall, which I also found enjoyable and impressive and just a bit beyond me at times but not to the point where I couldn't a...more
If all the men were like the characters in this book, then I'm glad I didn't live in that time period! The 2 q...more
My only criticism is the slow start, but in retrosp...more
The opinions I've come across on this book are divided pretty evenly between 'couldn't read it' and 'absolutely loved it' - no one seems to end up on the middle ground. I thought the lack of averageness was as good a reason to read it as any, and besides, it sounded fascinatingly different from the mysteries I generally devour.
The story is divided into four separate narratives; each detailing some of the same events from another point of view, each adding to and changing the reader's idea of wh...more
It’s written in four sections, each from the first person perspective of four different characters. All of the stories are set in roughly the same time and place: Oxford, England in the early 1660s, shortl...more
Great book, but confusing. But it's interesting enough that at some point I might read it again. This is the most ambitious outing yet from Pears, who also has a series of excellent mystery...more
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