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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407429728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407429724
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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James Bradley was born in 1967. He has twice been named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists and has won the Fellowship of Australian Writers Literature Award, the Kathleen Mitchell Literary Award and has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. He is the author of a collection of poetry called Paper Nautilus and the novels Wrack, The Deep Field and The Resurrectionist. In 2008 The Resurrectionist was chosen as a Richard and Judy Summer Read, becoming a massive bestseller. James lives in Sydney

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London, 1826. Leaving behind his father's tragic failures, Gabriel Swift arrives to study with Edwin Poll, the greatest of the city's anatomists. It is his chance to find advancement by making a name for himself. But instead he finds himself drawn to his master's nemesis, Lucan, the most powerful of the city's resurrectionists and ruler of its trade in stolen bodies. Dismissed by Mr Poll, Gabriel descends into the violence and corruption of London's underworld, a place where everything and everyone is for sale, and where - as Gabriel discovers - the taking of a life is easier than it might seem.

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104 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Spartan on 16 July 2008
Format: Paperback
Although getting off to a reasonable start this book soon becomes more than a little frustrating. Having read a number of other reviews on this site I am left a little mystified and anyone expecting a cross between Lovecraft and Dickens will be mightily disappointed.

The story, as has been written elsewhere, takes us through the protagonists decline from anatomists assistant to drug addicted bodysnatcher but forgets to create a deep enough back story for the reader to actually care. All the characters in the book are made largely uninteresting owing to a lack of depth and it is a little bit of a cheat to say that just because the books subject is a little macabre that this is a spine tingling page turner. Buyer beware because it is not. It's not that the novel is badly written, it's actually the opposite, but no time is given to plot or character development and there is no feeling that the main characters fall from grace is at any point anything other than a trite and rather linear progression. One minute Gabriel Swift is a gentleman entering London society, an anatomists apprentice at the dawn of the age of discovery; the next he's a murdering opium addict. Lucan, Mr Poll, Charles, etc etc. There are charcters here somewhere. "If only" would sum up this novel nicely.

It is hard not to suspect that either it has been over-edited or the author was only allowed to write a novel of a certain length for some reason. Either way both story and characters are thin and sickly creatures and it is a shame that a writer who clearly has some talent ultimately has produced a work that leaves this reader wishing for more.

The second part of the story, mentioned in a few reviews is also a little odd and when reading the book, the jump from one story to another is at first confusing. It seems almost as if part 2 were written because someone somewhere asked for a happier ending.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By woolffifi on 5 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
This was so disappointing. It is very well-written, very descriptive and creates a dark and chilling atmosphere. However, there is very little plot and the characters are just not interesting. I constantly had to backtrack to refresh my memory on who was who as they all seemed so bland and similar. I didn't get the last bit of the book. Other than explaining why it was titled the resurrectionist it seems as if it was cobbled on to the end from a different novel altogether.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gina Miller on 18 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
I approached this book with high hopes - it was a R&J recommendation plus I liked the synopsis. Initially I thought the book would fulfill its promise; the writing was stylish and evocative, and there was a sense of danger and malignity pervading the narrative. I soon realised, however, that I wasn't interested in the characters as they hadn't been fleshed out properly, and whilst I don't expect things to be spelt out for me, there was too much left unexplained and the narrative more and more disjointed and obscure. I didn't bother to finish it in the end, which is sad as I believe the author shows promise. I think an earlier review has hit the nail on the head - it should have been twice the length and has probably been butchered by the editor.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Druantia on 30 Aug 2008
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Bought too early to read previous reviews and saved for holiday. Such a disappointment and for once agree with most other reviewers. Incomprehensible and implausible plot, characters appearing with no introduction and all lacking in depth. Like to use my imagination but this was ridiculous and very frustrating - were we supposed to be mind readers? Where was the promised atmosphere. Second section even worse - how, what, who etc. Did not give up but was so tempted. Expect to see lines of this book on charity shop shelves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lilysmum VINE VOICE on 4 Oct 2008
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I loved the first page of this book and it would be fair to say it is well written. For two pages I thought I had fallen upon a gem of a novel but it just fades away. The characters were too quickly introduced and too many had confusingly similar names for me to be able to keep up with the pacy plot which dipped and dived from place to place and day to day. I know I am tired when I read at the end of the day but this book could not sustain my interest and I am sad to say I have given up half way through. The main character is Gabriel Swift, who wishes to train as a pathologist, and he sees the bodies brought by the body snatchers. There are some interesting musings on the nature of life and death but they were a smoke screen for a plot with little clear sense of direction. Bradley could be a great writer; he has style, but this isn't the one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Knightrider on 18 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
Having recently read Rutherford's 'London', I was really looking forward to this. In my opinion it was awful. I fought me way through to the end. The jump to Australia is bizarre. As per another reviewer, I had to keep going back to work out which character was which. Characterisation is really thin. No proper explanation, in a historical context, as to why all these bodies are being stolen (read a Rutherford novel). If I had to read "I could not know" or "I could not tell" one more time, I think that I'll top myself! If the author doesn't know what his characters don't know/can't tell what hope do we have as the readers - that's his job. He must have burst a blood vessel trying to find different and yet more obscure ways of describing the weather, sky, atmosphere, fog, gloom, stench,....it goes on....ridiculous. A disaster of a novel.
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