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 i ...more
Oliver Cromwell, not really relevant to this book exc ...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
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 ...more
Mystery fans may wish to know if the novel sets out clues leading to whodunnit - but I can't help here as I did not try to solve it.
This novel wears very well upon re-reading - and may be ...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.
The measured revelation -- and eventual closure -- of what ends up being a complex event, initially disg ...more
- after Arcadia which the author hyped as a complex novel needing an app and which to me seemed actually a simpler novel than his earlier 3 superb complex multi-layered novels (Instance of the Fingerpost, Dreams of Scipio, Stone's Fall), I decided to reread this one - as the one of the three I last read a while ago (some 10 years ago easily, maybe more) - to see if I maybe remember it wrong after all and Arcadia was indeed more sophisticated;
and it turned out th ...more
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
Four "memoirs" written by four of the main characters. All are connected by the same figures and also by the murder of an Oxford don and the execution of a young woman. Each narration is given by a separate character: an Italian medical student; a young man attempting to restore his father's good name; a cryptographer; and an archivist/antiquarian. None of these people is completely reliable; each tells the story as he se ...more
Iain Pears digs deep into religion and science in this compelling period mystery set in Oxford, England in 1663. An Instance of the Fingerpost is the kind of lengthy, slow burn of a book that reveals itself only to the most observant and committed of readers, but with an explosive payoff that's well worth the wait. The book is lengthy, and the time period obscure for most contemporary readers, so be ready to jump in with a strong sto ...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
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
|Ampersand Book Club: Book 20 | An Instance of the Fingerpost | Historical Fiction + Mystery||3||10||Sep 21, 2015 07:19PM|
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Renaissance-era Oxford or Cambridge, woman-spiritualist accused of murder [s]||7||46||Dec 07, 2014 10:14AM|
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