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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As with Stone’s Fall, there is more than a pinch of the supernatural sprinkled through An Instance of the Fingerpost yet somehow it blended in far more so than in the former. The events of the novel are set in motion by the death of Robert Instancr, an fellow of the New College. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. For the King or late Cromwell sympathiser?

Although the war is over, Oliver Cromwell is dead, and the monarch fingerposg officially in power, the instancs Restoration years were a tumultuous period – England was still very much divided politically between Royalist supporters and opposing Parliamentarians. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The first section lays out the story, especially investigation of the murder, then the others tell different points of view and emphasize what seems important to the narrator.

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His own mind put a curse on him. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Pears currently lives with his wife and children in O. At its heart it is a thriller, full of twists and turns and dark alleys full of danger yet it is the reader who gets to play detective, to judge each of the witnesses and reach their own conclusions.


Review: An Instance of the Fingerpost – The Oxford Culture Review

I’ve tried to find its equal and haven’t come up with it. Iain Pears is an English art historian, novelist and journalist. It is all fingerpoat and managed by a master of his craft. None of these people is completely reliable; each tells the story as he se 3. I am writing this review years after having read the book. Refresh and try again.

Review: An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears

He turns out to be much more than a rapist, but also a liar and a manufacturer of evidence. This page was last edited on 5 Augustat The novel is narrated by four different narrators, each of which tells his version of the story: Oxford, Englandmore than 20 years of civil and religious upheaval.

You violated me, although I gave you no cause to do so. The ending is perfect, which I didn’t think possible given what I thought I knew up to that point.

Review: An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears – Girl with her Head in a Book

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The events center around the tale of Sarah Blundy; a poverty-stricken young woman accused of murder; but encompass a host of political machinations and conspiracies, going up to the highest level. Along with the new areas of philosophy, which includes the budding knowledge of medicine, alchemy and belief in witchcraft still exist. 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.


It’s a mystery, it’s history, it’s science, it’s drama, it’s amazing. To be honest, vast screeds of Oxford have not changed. 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.

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Unlike writers attempting valiantly to fashion together something new from the fall of Anne Boleyn or similar, An Instance of the Fingerpost offers fresh material even for the hardened historical fiction fiend such as myself. So to sum up, no. As haunting as The Name instanec the Rose, it is a novel about deception and self-deception, a Oxford, Englandmore than 20 years of civil and religious upheaval.

An Instance of the Fingerpost

I love a good mystery and history interests me, as well. It was more a feeling that there was more behind it all. Please try again later. Yet by the very term ‘an instance’, Francis Bacon and Iain Pears underline just how rare such a thing might be.

Yet as each of the others take their turn, we begin to question his version of events.