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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James Prescott might moon around old battlefields and consider the past but the average common man knew that the war had been miserable and repeats were to be avoided. More than most books, this vividly brings to light the unenviable situation of simply being a woman without means in this time and place.

As haunting as The Name of the Rose, it is a novel about deception and self-deception, about the scientific method and Jesuitical chicanery, above all, about political expedience and religious transcendence.

An Instance of the Fingerpost is simply mesmerising; fascinating in its ability to show what life was like shortly after Charles II. I think what has always put me off about the Restoration was the cynicism of it all - the King was not invited back out of some great love of Charles II himself but because Cromwell had died and the government seems to have felt lost without a leader.

The cynical but unhinged paranoia of the seventeenth-century police state looms over the narrative to chilling effect.Roter Pappband mit silbergeprägten Rückentiteln, Schutzumschlag, Lesebändchen und farbigen Vorsätzen. And I checked and saw that the fourth long narrative is a third farty old fart, who no doubt will probably contradict the other three and reveal their narratives to be (shocketty shock) a tissue of deliberate fabrication and self-deception. 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?

He is able to use the trope of a foreigner in a strange land to introduce us deftly to Oxford of the 1660s. An Instance of the Fingerpost, published in 1998, is a rather large work of historical fiction – 704 pages long! The four narrators of An Instance of The Fingerpost illustrate that there is never just one side to a story, that an event can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. You'll be amazed at the audacity of the author as he begins his high-wire act, and you'll be even more amazed and gratified when he pulls it off. One quote from the book I'll add as a socio-political aside, acknowledging this is a book written in modern times to reflect 17th century attitudes.

I had previously read"Arcadia" to him, which might be assumed to be what happens when it comes to writing the masterpiece of the century, and things don't go well.



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