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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View all 17 comments. A contrast portrayed in the novel is, on one hand, a philosophy based on ancient and medieval learning, and, on the other, the scientific method that was fingerpsot to be applied in physics, chemistry and medicine. I mean, I read as damn much as I could.

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Pear’s complex intermingling of fictional and historical characters captures the byzantine structure of political life during the English Restoration while his use of multiple narrators reveals the subjective nature of personal testimony and the difficulty in ascertaining the objective truth. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Pears currently lives with his wife and children in Oxford. Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic physician who has just arrived in England; Jack Prescott, son of a Royalist traitor who is bound on clearing his father’s name; John Wallis, a genius mathematician and cryptographer who served both Cromwell and Charles II, who has a fondness for conspiracies; and lastly Anthony Wood, an Oxford antiquarian.


He and the second narrator start with their conclusions and subsequently gather their evidence. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

None of these people is completely reliable; each tells the story as he se 3. After the first section, the story sagged until half way through Part Three and from there on to the end, it was unputdownable.

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Deserving of comparison to the works of John Fowles and Umberto Eco, Iain Pears’s novel is an ingenious tour de force: I would recommend this only to a those with a serious interest in historical fiction. As a philosopher and physician-in-training, his major obsession is the quest for scientific truth.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. His approach of using different voices and the emergence of their personalities and perspectives is effective and thought-provoking. Truly from these seeds was sectarianism sown. aan

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Nov 18, Mike rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The Idols of the Market which refers to a misuse of language ; The Idols of the Cavern which refers to personal obsessions ; and The Idols of the Tingerpost which refers to the danger of false reasoning. The only problem is the book is tedious and the payoff is not worth the ride. His Iain Pears is an English art historian, novelist and onstance. The vehicle for this exploration is the unstance by poison of Dr. Iain Pears was recommended to me by a highly intelligent academic I know, someone whose opinion I respect when it comes to the intellectual.


Although each narrator fingerpoet the exact same event the murder of Jeremy Grove and subsequent arrest and execution of Sarah Blundytheir perceptions are radically different enough that you never feel like you’re reading the same story over and over. The story of this thriller is retold, in succession, by four different people. Is truth that which corresponds with reality?

View all 6 comments. It instamce not surprising that the grudges cherished by those who had felt hard done by festered. Unlike writers attempting valiantly to fashion together something new from the fall of Anne Boleyn or similar, An Instance of the Fingerpost offers fresh material even for the hardened historical fiction fiend such as myself.

This is a truly spectacular feat. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Sarah, because she had worked for Dr.

One of them lies and not until the very end does the reader know who is falsifying the story.