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An Instance of the Fingerpost

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2002

    Fascinating!

    This is one of the best historical novels I've read in a long time. The layering of the four narratives is excellently done, and each narrator is convincingly rendered by his own prose. Not since Caddy Compson has a female character been so intriguingly and contradictorily rendered in four narratives. This is a book worth reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    1 MURDER + 4 NARRATIVES = SHEER BRILLIANCE

    Iain Pears shows his brilliance in 'The Instance of the Fingerpost'. I was interested in reading the four different narratives of the murder of Dr. Grove, but I didn't know Pears would write this story so ingeniously. All four accounts are believable, and they all tie-in to each other remarkably well. It's as if they were pieces to a jigsaw puzzle. Pears' use of historical characters is interesting, and shows his extensive knowledge on the time and subject. The length of the book is of no factor. As a matter of fact, after reading the whole thing, I was sorry it had to end. An added bonus is the humor Pears throws in along with the mystery and suspense. Overall, this is a story that anyone who enjoys books should get a hold of, for it is an absolute JOY to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    Riveting & Unique

    I found this book as much fun as a Wilbur Smith, Nelson DeMille or Ken Follett novel. The multiple view literary device added to the mystery and the historical aspects were both entertaining and insightful. The writing was easy to read and could have been longer without boring me at all.

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