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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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However, even without the refreshing setting and context, Pears’ novel marks itself as head and shoulders above the average.

Aug 14, Sam toer rated it really liked it. He lives in Oxford, England. He certainly gave her just cause.

Aug 21, Chris rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Dream of Scipio Kindle Edition. One narrator has the tendency to react rashly and foolishly; another is prone to obsession. I had a great time living in the world that Pears created.

Review: An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears

Like many men, then and now, he liked a glass of alcoholic liquor at the end of finyerpost day to calm his frazzled nerves and hopefully give him a gentle push off into the land of Morpheus.

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An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears. Good historians are not necessarily good authors and good authors are not necessarily good historians, but in Fingerpost Pears manages to strike a comfortable balance between both professions.


He is the author of six highly praised detective novels, a book of art history, and fingerposr articles on artistic, financial, and historical subjects. Jul 09, Lara rated it liked it. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Mystery fans may wish to know if the novel sets out clues leading to whodunnit – but I can’t help here as I did not try instanve solve it. You won’t easily be able to put it down.

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The second narrator focuses on the quest for truth through evidence of trustworthiness or betrayal, the latter requiring revenge. Jul 30, Wealhtheow rated it really liked it Shelves: But I didn’t find any of the four narrators to be particularly compelling and the story ended up feeling slow and disjointed. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Instanfe is a question mark over each character in Fingerpost, what are their politics?

The Civil War has just ended. He rubs shoulders with Boyle, Wren, Locke and some lesser-known scientists and intellectuals as he explores the developing scientific method as a replacement for the a priori truths of classical philosophy. In this long narrative we are lost in a wilderness of mirrors, doubting testimony, evidence and even confession, ultimately unsure of who is using fingerpoet betraying whom.


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

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Jul 15, Slayde rated it liked it Recommends it for: I mean, I read as damn much as I could. Third, John Wallis — a mathematician and cryptographer, and also a religious fanatic. Four characters in turn tell their versions of events, highlighting at various times the political, religious, medical, intellectual, and romantic contexts.

Apr 30, Scott rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Wood comes across as the most sympathetic of them, but also the most problematic. This latter was by far the finest investment I ever made, the more so because the captain of the vessel assured me the slaves were instructed vigorously in the virtues of Christianity on their inwtance across the ocean and thus had their souls saved at the same time as they produced valuable labor for others.