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Jul 30, Liviu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Finally, the murder mystery played only a supporting role. Wood has given us the truth such as it is, he will tell nobody else.

An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

Fingdrpost, even without the refreshing setting and context, Pears’ nove Historical fiction tends to gather around the Tudors and Victorians but often skirts the Stuarts.

There are so many moments that I loved in this novel.

Knstance the first hundred pages, the book was so dull that I trudged along, hoping it would get better. After the first section, the story sagged until half way through Part Three and from there on to the end, it was unputdownable. Fascinating period, great characters, and a very clever, engrossing story told through the various people who were witness to it.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The squalor and grime of seventeenth century society seems to ooze from the page and we have a real sense of Restoration Oxford.

An Instance of the Fingerpost

These Instances afford great Light, so that the Course of the Investigation will sometimes be terminated by them. I was glued to it from the first — or rather, I had my earphones glued to my ears, as I listened to the audio version.

Oct 25, Girl with her Head in a Book rated it really liked it Shelves: Did he really speak all of the wise wise words he claimed to have, or was he a tongue-tied foreigner? The second of the four long narratives is just about bearable but the boredom begins to set in like a fine drenching cold rain. And, more important, why? Because he was so immersed in the intrigues of court he caught some of the paranoia that was part and parcel of a king and his handlers that felt anything but in control.


Sarah Dunant’s Mapping the Edgebut the fourth narrator gives a sense of finality to the entire book. A fascinating book, creative, well-written and extremely well-researched. Two of the narrators are the mathematician John Wallis and the historian Anthony Wood.

And should they exclude emotions such as love, compassion or even security when they adjudicate narratives or even merely report stand-alone facts if that’s possible as evidence? This historical fiction drove me to research the characters and setting as I was reading it. An Instance of the Fingerpost is a novel to savour and consider and rabbit about at length to friends – it is a true tour de force.

I would like to note that none of these reviewers expect to “like” the 17th century characters that play in the novel. Pages with related products. Martin Beck Award Is Sarah Blundy a whore, a rebel, a nonconformist, a feminist, or a tue The reader feels like an investigator, barraged with different views, conflicting stories, and it is only in the final moments finherpost the book that most of us will discover that we were wrong.

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Inatance is probably the only man in this novel lacking in guile. Can you think of other books in which this multi-perspective technique was used to similar ends, or other books that feature unreliable narrators?

He has been sent by is father because his English partner is cheating him. An Instance of the Fingerpost is a long but involving book, which pays iaim attention to its historical setting and theme, but at the same time manages to Iain Pears is an Oxford-born and educated art historian and author of historical mysteries, and An Instance of the Fingerpost is his most famous novel.


It points to where the answers are. Normally her condition would have spared her the gallows, but she had lost the child and also any defense against instaance hangman.

An Instance of the Fingerpost Reader’s Guide

It is easy to confuse Oliver Cromwell with Thomas Cromwell as both did rise to great heights of power. James Prescott might moon around old battlefields and consider the past but the average common man knew that the war had been miserable and repeats were to be avoided. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

He turns out to be much more than a rapist, but also a liar and a manufacturer of evidence. It off so nice to turn a healthy profit and save souls at the same time. I don’t see how anyone in their right literary mind, however, can conclude that this is not a GREAT piece of fiction.

The first section lays out the story, especially investigation of the murder, then the others tell different points of view and emphasize what iqin important to the narrator. He witnesses several trials including one which swirls around the central mystery – all the jurors are property owners no women of course. If I had to do it all over, I wouldn’t let that large amount of time go by before finishing it; the book is far more interesting when all the details are fresh in your mind and you can make the tiny connections between each narrator’s story.

A contrast portrayed in the novel is, on one hand, a philosophy based on ancient and medieval learning, and, on the other, the scientific method that was beginning to be applied in physics, chemistry and medicine.