Oliver Cromwell, not really relevant to this book exc ...more
Along with the ...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
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
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
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
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
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
My only criticism is the slow start, but in retrosp ...more
|Ampersand Book Club: Book 20 | An Instance of the Fingerpost | Historical Fiction + Mystery||1||2||Jul 31, 2015 08:27PM|
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Renaissance-era Oxford or Cambridge, woman-spiritualist accused of murder [s]||7||40||Dec 07, 2014 10:14AM|
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