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An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
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Recommended for: anyone who wants to see how good fiction can be.
Read in May, 2005

This is still the gold standard of all historical fiction for me. I've tried to find its equal and haven't come up with it. The four contemporary accountings of the same events, the disagreement between the various witnesses, the lofty intellectual language, the extensive historical accuracy of the period and location... this is just what great historical fiction is supposed to be. I've read several of this author's other works now and they're all good, but this is simply that much better. Fascinating period, great characters, and a very clever, engrossing story told through the various people who were witness to it. A great recipe that few authors have the talent to follow.
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Andrew Lamb If you haven't already, check out The Name of the Rose if you liked this.


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