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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One young woman, Sarah Blundy, suspected to be the murderer and already found guilty by almost everyone before her trial starts. The novel is narrated by four different narrators, each of which tells his version of the story: Highest Recommendation – say six to seven stars.

As long as one is willing to grind through the first pages, of course. He turns out to be much more than a rapist, but also a liar and a manufacturer of evidence. Uses multiple narrators to tell the story, each one revealing a bit more of the truth, which is intriguing. His former servant Sarah Blundy comes under suspicion of having poisoned him and no one can quite seem to agree about her true nature. On the face of it, de Cola has nothing to hide, no axe to grind.

The reader is forced to pay attention to each bite, each paragraph, each lick, each word as the twists and turns of this plot are patiently revealed. Paperbackpages. The first narrator focuses on the quest for truth through the appropriate method: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Apr 26, K rated it really liked it Shelves: Furthermore, the characters that are fictional are nonetheless drawn from real events.

Along the way, Pears displays a keen eye for period details as diverse as the early days of medicine, the convoluted politics of the English Civil War, and the newfangled fashion for wigs.

It’s a mystery, it’s history, it’s science, it’s drama, it’s amazing. Jul 30, Liviu rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first of the four long narratives we have here is actually pretty good stuff, a perky Italian geezer getting involved with blood transfusions and the said murder in when King Charles has just been restored to the throne and the air was thick with a great many cloaks and accompanying daggers.


For example, I do not have the stomach for politics: What is each character’s true religious affiliation Anglican, Catholic, Anaba Pears offers an historical fiction set inprimarily in the university town, Oxford. A lot of the particulars are therefore no longer easily retrievable from my brain.

He lives in Oxford, England. The first three quotations describe fingerppst of Bacon’s four Idols of the mind. The title is a quotation borrowed from the 17th century philosopher Francis Bacon, who in his Thd Organum wrote about the nature of reasoning and the fallibility of evidence, but accounted for instances of the fingerpost – crucial instances which pointed in only one direction, sure and indissoluble, allowing for no other possibility.

This is a world standing on the brink, not yet quite ready to let go of the old beliefs and superstitions yet beginning to question.

Read it Forward Read it first. Sarah, because she had worked for Dr. Trivia About An Instance of th Through Lower, da Cola also meets philosopher John Locke, architect Christopher Wren, and chemist Robert Boyle, three men whose ideas and discoveries helped shape the age in which they lived.

Each narrator is convinced of his own truth and may not necessarily be deceiving the reader. This was one of those books that made me ache slightly when it got to the end, which is no mean feat given that it stretches to nearly seven hundred pages.

An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

Views Read Edit View history. What is their religion? 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. One is a fingrepost warning, which I rarely ever do. I know that right away some will dismiss that comment as unscholarly and unworthy of the serious reader.


An Instance of the Fingerpost Reader’s Guide

One of the best books I’ve read this year. The characters are simply vehicles for presenting the ways of thought but Pears built a brilliant web of a fictional story to connect it all. Oddly enough, this is where I work and it was quite peculiar to read the various street names having just walked along their twenty-first century counterparts.

Charles Junior was technically back in charge, but his powers had been severely curtailed. Even though he is a student of law, his narrative demonstrates great emotion and the influence of both angels and demons. Truly from these seeds was sectarianism sown. Inatance, I was unable to add the unabridged version I listened to.

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Pair’s characters are as xenophobic, ignorant, blustering, vain, bigoted, full of certitude, and as selfish as Donald Trump. But finegrpost is all on the periphery of our story, merely serving as a backdrop for a good old fashioned English murder mystery.

An Instance of the Fingerpost

Religion inspires a different kind of fear now but it is almost impossible to imagine a society governed inetance religious ritual. Pears explores the nature of truth and its dependency on the perspective of the observer in this ingenious and meticulously researched novel set in Restoration England.

Jul 15, Slayde rated it liked it Recommends it for: He moved on to Oxford in an effort to fingeroost his situation and fell in with some of the notable scientific minds of the day. This post contains affiliate links which you can use to purchase the book.

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