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 from Iain Pears. AN INSTANCE OF THE FINGERPOST [Iain Pears] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set in Oxford in the s – a time and place of great. An Instance of the Fingerpost [Iain Pears] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In Oxford, a servant girl confesses to a murder. But four.

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The sections are told by different characters with different points of view. So to sum up, no. Fingerpozt title is a quotation borrowed from the 17th century philosopher Francis Bacon, who in his Novum 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.

Dec 28, Aubrey rated it liked it Shelves: As each section unfolds, a new layer of information—and at times misinformation—is added, often throwing what has gone before into doubt. But with perfect mastery Pears gradually takes us from an unexplained death in a small college town to a revelation that could shake the foundations of England and the world.

You violated me, although I gave you no cause to do so. The device of four differing perspectives of the “murder” is ingenious ths satisfying.

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The fourth narrator is Anthony Wood, an antiquary and historian, best known for his diaries finngerpost were published long izin his death. I was completely immersed in the England of that period–its politics and religious bigotry. The third narrator, a cryptographer, focuses on the quest for truth through prejudice based on nationality, gender, class and vocation. He and the second narrator start with their conclusions and subsequently gather their evidence. Along with the A “novel” novel please pardon the attempted humorwhere unreliable narrators outnumber purported reliability by a long shot.

This novel wears very well upon re-reading – fingepost may be An extremely engaging historical novel set in s Oxford, with a side trip to London. The fourth quotation is the source of the title. Explore the Home Gift Guide.


He comments extensively on English culture including a Shakepeare playfood it’s badand manners barbaric. Refresh and try again.

A story told in four sections, each told in the first person by a different character, and set in England during the Reformation, this is a gripping tale and intriguing mystery. So I guess it fits that I find his books to be high quality fiction that’s excellent and sometimes thee a little above my head.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Although the war is over, Oliver Cromwell is dead, and the monarch is officially in power, the early Restoration years were a tumultuous period – England was still very much divided politically between Royalist supporters and opposing Parliamentarians.

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. His paranoia causes him to see conspiracies – much as Prestcott does. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. An Instance of the Fingerpost is simply mesmerising; fascinating in its ability to show what life was like shortly after Charles II. Given what happened to his father and the life he had on the run, fearing assassination, maybe it makes sense that Charles II devoted his life to the pursuit of pleasure.

To ask other readers questions about An Instance of the Fingerpostplease sign up. 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.

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It points to where the answers are. For the first hundred pages, the book was so dull that I trudged along, hoping it would get better. He is our third narrator. An Instance of the Fingerpost. The events of An Instance of The Fingerpost are set in motion by the death of an Oxford don and the subsequent trial of Sarah Blundy, the woman accused of his murder.

None of them are reliable. They give an insight into their own lives, their motivations and iaib.


It is also the time where science takes its first big leaps. Even though this novel is about a specific time and place, it examines age-old questions about epistemology: If you like mystery, beautiful prose, and fascinating characters, pick this up.

However, I do not like unreliable narrators, especially those that largely treat anyone that isn’t an affluent man with outright disrespect. It is one of those cities which keeps one foot proudly in the past. The fourth narrator uses a variety of methods for pursuing truths, but I’ll leave you to discover his methods and biases since he has the priviledge of going last and revealing many hidden truths–or gingerpost another version of the truth in contrast or in addition to the three narratives that precede his.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. He needs a client even if it is unlikely that Sarah can pay his fee with hard coin. 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. King Lear tells the story of a once-powerful monarch humiliated and unraveled by his own weakness and the treachery of his children.

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I loved reading this story from different perspectives. It’s a veritable stew of contrary beliefs and mistrust. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Write a customer review. However, even without the refreshing setting and context, Pears’ nove Historical fiction tends to gather around the Tudors and Victorians but often skirts the Stuarts.

The second of the four long narratives is just about bearable but the boredom begins to set in like a fine drenching cold rain. View all 18 comments. A historical novel starts from fact, but its creator must mesh fiction with facts to create a compelling narrative.