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An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
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Mar 28, 12

bookshelves: fiction, british, academia, historical, mystery
Read in January, 2008

This was certainly an interesting book. It's set in the late 1600s in England, and the story is told by four different characters, each of whom are supposedly writing a manuscript much later. Each character gives the reader more information about the central mystery and also exposes untruths in prior sections of the book.

Honestly, I didn't love the book that much. It was well-written, and the mystery kept me reading until the end, but it was a pretty hard slog. It's very long, and there's a lot of period-appropriate yammering about God's will and man's station in life and blah blah blah.
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