Hawksmoor (Penguin Decades) Paperback – 28 Mar 1993
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Chillingly brilliant . . . sinister and stunningly well executed (Independent on Sunday)
Extraordinary, amazing, vivid, convincing. [Ackroyd's] view of life questions the role not just of the novel but of art and history, memory, time and much else (Financial Times)
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With a new introduction by Will Self
Winner of the Whitbread Book Award and Guardian Fiction Prize in 1985
'There is no Light without Darknesse
and no Substance without Shaddowe'
So proclaims Nicholas Dyer, assistant to Sir Christopher Wren and the man with a commission to build seven London churches to stand as beacons of the enlightenment. But Dyer plans to conceal a dark secret at the heart of each church - to create a forbidding architecture that will survive for eternity. Two hundred and fifty years later, London detective Nicholas Hawksmoor is investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sites of certain eighteenth-century churches - crimes that make no sense to the modern mind . . .
'Chillingly brilliant . . . sinister and stunningly well executed' Independent on Sunday
'Grips the imagination like an obsession' Guardian
'Extraordinary, amazing, vivid, convincing. Ackroyd's view of life questions the role not just of the novel but of art and history, memory, time and much else.' Financial TimesSee all Product description
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The story is part ghost story, part thriller, part historical novel, part mystical exploration. It is also a hymn to London and the fantastic and unique architecture and history it contains.
It is hard to classify a book such as this, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. It has unsettled me, unnerved me and made me think. It is not an easy read, but it is a compulsive page turner, and if you love books about London it is definitely one for you.
The main character in the 18th-century London is Nicholas Dyer, who hides a secret: as a young boy, roaming the streets, he is taken in by a strange man named Mirabilis, who guides Dyer's destiny toward architecture. Dyer eventually becomes apprenticed to an architect, and then is granted the opportunity to work under the supervision of Sir Christopher Wren. His main job is supervising the rebuilding of the old churches in London. Every fearful that his secret will be exposed (I won't tell you what it is here), Dyer has a mission and will not let anyone get in the way. The main character in the present is one Nicholas Hawksmoor, a detective who is currently investigating a series of strange murders, each one occurring at a different church in London. The story of Dyer and the story of Hawksmoor begin to blend as Hawksmoor tries to figure out just who is doing these murders and why. However, as I noted earlier, the "detection" is not so much the focus of the story, so if you're looking for a mystery novel with a satisfying conclusion, don't be looking here!
As an aside, I did a bit of research on this book after I finished and found out an interesting tidbit of information, which sort of clicked everything together for me and made me do an "aha" once I'd read it. I'll share it with you here, but you have to make the choice to go look or to wait until you've finished the book: to peek or not peek, that is the question
This book is not for anyone who wants a quick read, or who does not want to think about what he or she is reading. I had a map in my hand of London, past & present, and switching thought modes from London past to London present was a little disconcerting at times. But overall, if you want to read a fine piece of literature, I can recommend this one wholeheartedly.
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