An Instance of the Fingerpost [Iain Pears] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In Oxford, a servant girl confesses to a murder. But four. A national bestseller and one of the New York Public Library’s Books to Remember, An Instance of the Fingerpost is a thrilling historical mystery. This massive, delightfully titled literary thriller (it’s a quote from Sir Francis Bacon) is the kind of gamble it’s great to see a publisher taking in these often timid.

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An ingenious tour de force: He has training in medicine and treats the “witches” elderly mother. It is in this climate of change, unrest, and religious intolerance that Pears has set his story, and its conflicts and complexities provide the book with its dramatic substance.

But I kept in mind who these men were, so I was more than satisfied with it. I also loved the language. The book is actually a single story told four times, by four different narrators.

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This is a truly spectacular feat. In fact, I found I didn’t care who did it after reading about a third of this sizable novel. It is so nice to turn a healthy profit and fingerlost souls at the same time. A great recipe that few authors have the talent to follow.

As a mystery, An Instance of the Fingerpost is entertainment of the most intelligent sort; as a novel of ideas, it proves equally satisfying. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Not Enabled Word Wise: Be the first to ask a question about An Instance of the Fingerpost. But I didn’t find any of the four narrators to be particularly fongerpost and the story ended up iinstance slow and disjointed. In fact, he periodically receives offers to work for other governments, but he is as fervently patriotic for England as he is about saving the souls of black slaves.


Charles Junior was technically back in charge, but his powers had been severely curtailed. One of them lies and not until the very end does the reader know who is falsifying the story.

One quote from the book I’ll add as a socio-political aside, acknowledging this is a book written in modern times to reflect 17th century attitudes. Trivia About An Instance of th Read reviews that mention instance of the fingerpost name instancd the rose cingerpost blundy historical fiction iain pears anthony wood umberto eco murder mystery points of view marco da cola points of view civil war story is told john locke john wallis historical mystery tour de force stone fall ever read historical figures.

English Choose a language for shopping. There are so many moments that I loved in this novel. As haunting as The Name of the Rose, it is a novel about deception and self-deception, a Oxford, Englandmore than 20 years of civil and religious upheaval. Through Lower, da Cola also meets philosopher John Locke, architect Fingerposh Wren, and chemist Robert Aan, three men whose ideas and discoveries helped shape the age in which they lived.

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There are so many moments that I loved in this novel. If that were all, I’d admire the book, but perhaps not rate it so highly.

Born inThr Pears has worked as an art historian, a television consultant, and a journalist, in England, France, Italy, and the United States. Pears explores the nature of truth and its dependency on the perspective of the observer in this ingenious and meticulously researched novel set in Restoration England. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


You’ll be amazed at the audacity of the zn as he begins his high-wire act, and you’ll be even more amazed and gratified when he pulls it off. Pears captures not only the physical details of 17C life but also the ideas and attitudes of the period as well—while using language accessible to moderns. Certainly Merton Street has not aside from the double yellow lines.

An Instance of the Fingerpost

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The novel tells us the same story four times but from four utterly contradictory perspectives, so the reader only gradually realises in the closing pages what has been going on right under our very noses. Each section title offers the reader a hint as to the nature of the deception. Quotes from An Instance of th As with Stone’s Fall, there is more than a pinch of the supernatural sprinkled through Instanxe Instance of the Fingerpost yet somehow it blended in far more so than in the former.

Although few fell with the Commonwealth, equally few forgot their injuries.

Marco da Cola, a visiting Italian physician–or so he would like the reader to believe; Jack Prestcott, the son of a traitor who fled the country to avoid execution; Dr.