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This review is from: The Quincunx: The Inheritance of John Huffam (Paperback)
One of the most gripping novels I have ever had the pleasure to read (2nd only to The Magus). The pace is relentless and I found myself able to think of little else during the month I took to read it. The plot is complex, but not difficult to understand or remember as long as you are a careful reader. It has an incredible pace throughout which is rare to find in such a long book. The narrative structure is clever and intriguing and the characters are all well written and researched. John's mother was infuriating, but this reader frustration mirrors John's own frustration at his mother. As John is the narrator, the reader can only know what he knows and it is understandable why Mary wants to keep the truth from John for as long as possible, especially in regard to his paternity and his potentially criminal and shocking conception. Mary is also hopelessly naive and frightened and alone in the world, not knowing who to trust - just how John ends up, though his strength of character and determination for justice (and revenge?) push him towards his goal regardless.
I like the fact that the author has left many elements in the plot unresolved, as it leaves you endlessly pondering all the other possibilities. Even John's 'character' is left ambiguous - I thought I knew him, but over the last few pages I became less sure.
To sum up, a great, innovative and cleverly constructed book and one I will be sure to read again in a few years.
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Initial post: 11 May 2012 10:30:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 May 2012 10:30:47 BDT
Yes. The Magus was a thoroughly pretentious piece of work, too.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2013 10:09:04 BDT
A Customer says:
What a negative and somewhat pointless comment. Everybody has different tastes, and I am very widely read and enjoy many writing styles and themes. I wouldn't describe either book as pretentious, but thought provoking and interesting. But each to his own eh!
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