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

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

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

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Bet jų funkcija - ne tiek sukrėsti ir priversti viską permąstyti (kaip trileriuose, pvz pas Flynn), kiek atskleisti vis didesnius planus ir paveikslus, į kuriuos įsipainioję veikėjai. Add to that a death that may or may not have been suspicious, apparent witnesses who may or may not have seen anything, and multiple reporters on the event who give us their views on what happened. What ties all four stories together is the life of an enigmatic young servant woman, Sarah Blundy, whose presence touches each narrator in sometimes intense ways. He is the author of seven detective novels, a book of art history and countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects, and five novels, An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio, The Portrait, Stone's Fall and Arcadia. 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.

This is one of the most well-crafted, meticulously written, daring, busy, fun, and intriguing books I've ever read. The squalor and grime of seventeenth century society seems to ooze from the page and we have a real sense of Restoration Oxford. Taking one part, which - seemingly - is at the heart of the story, but going ahead and showing the complexity of human nature, which ultimately always ends in one question: What drives us?Although the book's mystery begins as a classic whodunnit surrounding the death of an Oxford Don, it soon becomes apparent that the real mystery surrounds the nature of discovery, investigation, understanding and ultimately truth itself. One of the pleasures of reading (Fingerpost) is the opportunity it affords to become a kind of amateur expert on daily life in Restoration England. Although the eleven years of Crowmwell’s Commonwealth are not described in great detail, they are evoked—in very different ways – by a number of characters (Wallis, Prestcott, Sarah Blundy and John Thurloe among them). What kind of responsibility, if any, do historical novelists have in their portrayal of actual historical events?

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 novel tells us the same story four times 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. It is as if they believed they could torment the departed soul with what they do with the empty shell. One young woman, Sarah Blundy, suspected to be the murderer and already found guilty by almost everyone before her trial starts. Sometimes I like my historical fiction like a balm of gentle story and escapism and sometimes I like my historical fiction to make me think and ponder.



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