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An Instance of the Fingerpost

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Deserving of comparison to the works of John Fowles and Umberto Eco, Iain Pears' stunning new novel is an ingenious tour de force. In England of the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.000
absafruitly
by absafruitly on Jan 12, 2010

While I admit I enjoyed the first section 'A Question of Precedence' and even part of the second section, I soon found that the change in perspectives and narration was incredibly confusing and overly complicated. It reminded me of 'The Shark Net' by Robert Drewe in that the plot depended heavily on the reader's ability to recall details of events described earlier in the book and recognize when the same event is being retold from someone else's perspective. In short, I was unable to finish this book despite the fact that the literary difficulty was quite average, it simply became too confusing to the point I wasn't able to enjoy it. Three stars for the first section which was very interesting and Pear's attempt at a complicated writing style.

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