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4.0 out of 5 stars
Darkly Fascinating Literary Mystery, 7 Nov 2013
At the heart of Palliser's "Rustication" is a series of anonymous, sexually charged letters (reminiscent in style of Jack the Ripper and/or the Edalji Case!) supposedly found by Palliser pasted into a mid-Victorian journal. Who wrote them, why, and to what eventual end forms a satisfying mystery, though one told by the most unreliable (and annoying to one and all) of narrators.
Anyone who pored over Palliser's great "Quincunx" will surely want to devour the much shorter "Rustication"; and anyone who enjoyed the author's "The Unburied" will find "Rustication" to be, in some particular senses, a "prequel" to that dark and foggy tale.
I had first reported a curiosity of the Kindle version - that the several hand written letters were were poorly reproduced, rendering them illegible in all but the brightest light. The author has had this problem promptly and wholly fixed, and the book now renders those letters in a bold italic, fully re-sizeable. The book dwells occasionally on the art of "lucubration", and ours will now be easier!
[Anyone who subscribes to Amazon 'Automatic Book Update' will find that the corrected version appears on their device as if by magic, as mine did this morning...]