Buy Used
£2.70
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: No inscriptions free supersaver delivery available
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The House Of Sight And Shadow Paperback – 7 Jun 2001

8 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£39.32 £0.01



Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New edition edition (7 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349113181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349113180
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

... a clever exercise in historical recreation and, implicitly, a disturbing fable about scientific arrogance (SUNDAY TIMES)

Excellent. It's the first book I've read this year which ought to go straight on to the Booker shortlist for its intelligent writing, original plot and remarkable grasp of historical details and language (DAILY MAIL)

An impressively imaginative approach to history & a wry tale of a young man who is, to the last, sick with love (THE TIMES)

Atmospheric and action packed. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

Book Description

* A gripping and authentic novel set in the criminal underworld of the eighteenth century.

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
First Sentence
Joseph Bendix looked down upon London from the heights of Blackheath. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
4
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 8 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew Dennis on 30 July 2001
Format: Paperback
As with Griffin's previous novel, the Requiem Shark, the historic detail is faultless. Less swashbuckling than the earlier novel, this work is nonetheless gritty and brutal. Based around the late enlightenment developments in natural philosopy and medicine the storyline parallels two differing medical philosophies - both equally flawed when viewed with 21st century hindsight. The fusion of these approaches results in a fascinating outcome.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Having not yet read Shark Requiem, Nicholas Griffin's absorbing narrative style and beautiful characterisations (Sixes and Amelia are worthy of Dickens) were a hugely exciting discovery. His evocation of 18th century London must rate as one of the finest in modern fiction.
Our 21st century medical knowledge ensures a dramtically heightening irony as the story unfolds towards its heartbreaking and wholly unexpected conclusion.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sally-Anne on 25 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
The House of Sight and Shadow is a grim tale focusing on the medical research carried out by a doctor and his apprentice. They were trying to find a cure for the doctor's daughter who suffered from a light sensitivity and was gradually losing her sight. This was medical research in a time when life could be nasty, brutish and short. Graves were robbed to provide subjects for experiment and materials for 'medicine'. The proposed cure for the poor girl was considerably worse than the disease it was supposed to treat. If it didn't kill her, it was likely to cause her condition to deteriorate even further. It's easy to sneer at the superstitious thinking that could suggest such bizarre and dangerous concoctions as these doctors proposed to transfuse into the unfortunate daughter, to improve her condition. Scientific thinking in England was in its infancy, superstition was a rotten foundation, medical reference books were not abundant or accurate. They had to start somewhere.
It's an interesting story and probably reflects the medical and surgical practices of the day (mid-eighteenth century) pretty accurately. The crime, squalor, disease, prostitution and desperation are also well described. I didn't enjoy the book which was given to me by a friend and is not the sort I would normally choose. That's not to say it isn't a good book but I found it bleak, grim and cheerless. I avoid Dickens's fine books for the same reason. I recommend this book - but not to those who are looking for a feel-good story to lift their spirits.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sensational novel which is better than Griffin's first effort. The characterisations were strong (especially Amelia) and the plot woven well. Being a phillistine (more used to Clancy and Ludlum) this book was close to being out of my league. Luckily, Griffin ensured that there were enough sparkling characters (Wild, Sixes, Defoe) to keep me enthralled. I've gotta say though that some of the historical detail on anatomy I could have done without it. Clancy would find it difficult to beat Griffin for realism.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Look for similar items by category


Feedback