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An Instance of the Fingerpost: Explore the murky world of 17th-century Oxford in this iconic historical thriller

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Frankly, I couldn’t give a stuff if some shouldabeen rich young sprog got hornswoggled in the 17th century, I mean, the goodly realm of Great Britain had just been through 20 years of civil war and there was an awful lot of horns swoggled, of that you can be sure.

The events of the novel are set in motion by the death of Robert Grove, an fellow of the New College. Aišku, daugelį to galima rasti tokiose knygose kaip Medieval Bodies, bet argi ten įdomiau, nei kai ginčijasi studentai ir čia pat atlikinėja eksperimentus su nelegaliai nusipirktais lavonais? Marco da Cola, the Venetian son of a merchant, on business in London who ends up in Oxford, is the first to tell his version of the people he meets, the murder he doesn’t witness (none of them actually sees how the victim is murdered), Sarah Blundy’s trial and death and the aftermath. With rights sold for record-breaking sums around the world, An Instance of the Fingerpost is destined to become a major international publishing event.

He is able to use the trope of a foreigner in a strange land to introduce us deftly to Oxford of the 1660s. This is one of the few books that I felt compelled to start immediately again, from page one, after reaching the end -- even though it has close to 700 pages. Even Oxford University, during a veritable golden age of scientific discovery and academic advancement, is depicted in the novel as a dangerous place for free-thinkers and outsiders. Most of what the narrators reveal to us they believe to be true, but they are all guilty of their own suppositions colored by their own prejudices.

Oddly enough, this is where I work and it was quite peculiar to read the various street names having just walked along their twenty-first century counterparts. He was playing a game with us all, and was confident of his success, and he was now underestimating his audience as I had underestimated him. 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. Before writing, he worked as a reporter for the BBC, Channel 4 (UK) and ZDF (Germany) and correspondent for Reuters from 1982 to 1990 in Italy, France, UK and US. Then there is the historian Wood, held in contempt by the other narrators but there is a chance, just a chance that he can see more clearly than the rest.Do you see any parallels between the world invoked in King Lear (which was written in 1606) and the world of Fingerpost? Brilliantly written, utterly convincing, gripping from the first page to the last, An Instance of the Fingerpost is a magnificent tour de force. Iain Pears (* 1955 in Coventry, West Midlands) ist ein englischer Kunsthistoriker und Schriftsteller. In the 17th century depicted in the book, Jesus is reincarnated as a woman; this character has an important role in the plot from the start, but only gradually is the reader made aware of her being the reincarnated Jesus. What qualities suggest a credible narrator, and how does Iain Pears play off of our assumptions in his characterizations of Marco da Cola, Jack Prestcott, John Wallis, and Anthony Wood?

More than most books, this vividly brings to light the unenviable situation of simply being a woman without means in this time and place. The author juggles the contrasting views of the unreliable narrators with veritable finesse, so the solution to the mystery isn't revealed till the very last pages. Yet by the very term 'an instance', Francis Bacon (and Iain Pears) underline just how rare such a thing might be. Even places such as Oxford - the intellectual center of the country, and the place of great intellectual debates - are not safe for political dissent, and just a few overheard words can grant one a great deal of trouble. If I had to look for a moral, which summarized what for me is essential in this novel would be something more or less like throwing the house out the window, and succeeding.

Indeed, at times I was struck and very much impressed by his understanding of Restoration religion and politics – even the fringe groups of the time.

One of the most painful experiences as a reader is knowing that a man has talent, and not seeing it fully reflected. Labai gražus tas daugiasluoksniškumas, o dar kai viename iš tų sluoksnių - stebuklas, kažkaip atrodo labai reikalinga ir svarbu (šiandien).storas Anglijos lordas kancleris, testuojantis atėjusius pasišnekėti klausimu: kaip jums atrodo, pone, ar aš storas?

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