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Lempriere's Dictionary

Norfolk, Lawrence

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ISBN 10: 1856190536 / ISBN 13: 9781856190534
Editorial: Sinclair-Stevenson, London, 1991
Condición: Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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This is a true UK first edition / first printing, with the words 'Published in Great Britain.1991' (and no later edition stated). A dazzling historical novel, about the creation of John Lempriere's Bibliotheca Classica. It won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1992. This copy is not price clipped, and has no inscriptions.The page edges are somewhat yellowed, and there are several specks of foxing. Overall, a very pleasing copy, We protect all our books with a removable plastic cover, and send them with care. N° de ref. de la librería 001211

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Título: Lempriere's Dictionary

Editorial: Sinclair-Stevenson, London

Año de publicación: 1991

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition

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"An important and inspiring novel."
VOICE LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
It is 18th-century London and John Lempriere, a young scholar, is writing a dictionary of classical mythology in an attempt to exorcise the demons raised by his father's violent and bizarre death. While tending to his father's business affairs, Lempriere discovers a 150-year old conspiracy that has kept his family from its share of the fabulously wealthy East India Company. But as John begins to untangle the years of mystery and deceit, people begin to die, in ways that mirror the very myths he is researching....
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A masterful debut from Londoner Norfolk that delves into 18th- century commerce by way of classical mythology, suggesting grim secrets behind the spectacular success of the East India Company- -secrets that have root in the mass suicide of Huguenots under siege in the French port city of Rochelle more that a century earlier. Deftly merging history, classical allusions, and fabulous fantasy, in a style that merits comparison to Dickens as well as Gilbert & Sullivan, Norfolk conjures up an imaginary life of John LempriŠre, actual author of a popular precursor to Bullfinch's Mythology. As an awkward young man on the isle of Jersey, John witnesses his father's violent death when assaulted by a pack of savage hounds owned by neighbor Viscount Casterleigh, whose daughter John loves with paralyzing passion. Then, while settling his father's estate in London, he learns of a mysterious contract between a distant Huguenot ancestor and an English earl, and his interest in it grows as he makes contact with others who fill in pieces of the puzzle. Meanwhile, in caverns deep beneath the city, a cabbala plots to lure young LempriŠre into their midst using member Casterleigh's daughter as bait; an assassin from the Indian Nawab' palace stalks the two; a ship full of ancient mariners, pirates all, plies its way to the London docks in pursuit of a cargo of sulphur from which to make gunpowder; and unrest among city laborers and the lower classes grows, incited by the firebrand Farina. LempriŠre comes face-to-face with the cabbala in their lair, where he finds their leader to be his own distant ancestor and learns why he was encouraged to write his dictionary, triggering a larger conflagration as the assassin, pirates, and the mob make their moves while the evil Company is destroyed, literally, by an avenging angel. Wildly and wonderfully improbable, reveling in the countless allusions that feed its dark vision: a delight for classicists, historians, and any reader eager to be overwhelmed by a story. An exceptional achievement. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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