1st ed, with a full number line of 13579108642. Fine in dust jacket. Not price clipped. SIGNED by Pears at title page. Historical novel, set in Oxford during the Restoration. 698 pages. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: From the author of DEATH AND RESTORATION, an historical thriller set in 1660s Oxford, focusing on the death of Robert Grove, fellow of New College. The murder is explained by four witnesses, but three of them are unreliable, providing contradictory evidence. It is left to one man to ensure the truth is heard.
Críticas: An Instance of the Fingerpost is that rarest of all possible literary beasts--a mystery powered as much by ideas as by suspects, autopsies, and smoking guns. Hefty, intricately plotted, and intellectually ambitious, Fingerpost has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and, for once, the comparison is apt.
The year is 1663, and the setting is Oxford, England, during the height of Restoration political intrigue. When Dr. Robert Grove is found dead in his Oxford room, hands clenched and face frozen in a rictus of pain, all the signs point to poison. Rashomon-like, the narrative circles around Grove's murder as four different characters give their version of events: Marco da Cola, a visiting Italian physician--or so he would like the reader to believe; Jack Prestcott, the son of a traitor who fled the country to avoid execution; Dr. John Wallis, a mathematician and cryptographer with a predilection for conspiracy theories; and Anthony Wood, a mild-mannered Oxford antiquarian whose tale proves to be the book's "instance of the fingerpost." (The quote comes from the philosopher Bacon, who, while asserting that all evidence is ultimately fallible, allows for "one instance of a fingerpost that points in one direction only, and allows of no other possibility.")
Like The Name of the Rose, this is one whodunit in which the principal mystery is the nature of truth itself. 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. Yet Pears never loses sight of his characters, who manage to be both utterly authentic denizens of the 17th century and utterly authentic human beings. As a mystery, An Instance of the Fingerpost is entertainment of the most intelligent sort; as a novel of ideas, it proves equally satisfying.
Título: An Instance of the Fingerpost
Editorial: Jonathan Cape
Año de publicación: 1997
Encuadernación: Hard Cover
Condición del libro: Fine
Edición: First Edition
Descripción Jonathan Cape Ltd 04/09/1997, 1997. Estado de conservación: Good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Nº de ref. de la librería 9053-9780224044660
Descripción Estado de conservación: Fair. Creases to spine and covers. Wear to cover edges. Tanning to page edges. Nº de ref. de la librería T006074
Descripción Jonathan Cape Ltd 04/09/1997, 1997. Estado de conservación: Good. This book is in good or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Nº de ref. de la librería 9053-9780224044660
Descripción Jonathan Cape, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used; Good. **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0001770816
Descripción Jonathan Cape, 1997. Estado de conservación: Good. First Edition. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP88824670
Descripción Jonathan Cape Ltd 04/09/1997, 1997. Estado de conservación: Very Good. This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Nº de ref. de la librería 7719-9780224044660
Descripción Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used; Good. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0000166165
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Descripción Random House UK. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fair. Nº de ref. de la librería G0224044664I5N00
Descripción Jonathan Cape, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0000068779