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In 18th-century London, the author of a mythology dictionary finds himself heir to a mystery--one that leads him to a 150-year-old feud and introduces him to a cast that includes aristocrats, assassins, prostitutes, pirates, savages, and scholars. W. Somerset Maugham Award Winner.
“A dazzling linguistic and formal achievement.”
“Extravagantly spectacular . . . myriad wonders and pleasures abound . . . superbly entertaining.”
Posted October 27, 2003
Appropriately compared to the works of Thomas Pynchon, Lempriere's Dictionary offers an intelligent and intricately structured view of society just below the skin where you can't see the powerful directing lives and dictating outcomes. A good addition to anti-realism that tests the notion that free will exists. Far from being paranoid, this novel explores points in history and wonders if something else entirely is going on just beyond our assumptions. This isn't paranoia, its a welcome examination of our lives and may be more right than wrong. Heady stuff and Norfolk's peculiar take on how society works is elemental in this novel, but it doesn't mean the book is boring or too weird. While Norfolk does not share Pynchon's ear for language and his ability to periodically nail an amazing turn of phrase, Norfolk's genius is one of organization and meticulous language. Norfolk belongs to that small group of authors who turn out enjoyable yet intelligent and often profound literature. Lempriere's Dictionary is absorbing, moving from well constucted atmosphere to frantic excitement. The Pope's Rhinoceros is better, the language more mature and the atmosphere more real, but Lempriere's Dictionary is an excellent first novel.
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