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The Last Dickens Kindle Edition
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In 1870, the new Dickens novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, is being serialised by his American publisher Field, Osgood & Company, who are based in Boston. When Field and Osgood send their young office clerk, Daniel Sand, to the docks to collect the latest instalment which has been sent from England, Daniel is later found dead under suspicious circumstances. With the shocking news that Dickens has also died and left his novel incomplete, James R Osgood travels to England in search of clues as to how the story may have been going to end. Osgood is accompanied by Daniel Sand's sister, Rebecca, another employee of the publishing house. Can they uncover the truth about Daniel's death and at the same time find the remaining chapters of The Mystery of Edwin Drood?
Just when Osgood and Rebecca's adventures start to get exciting, the story is interrupted with a very long flashback to Dickens's American tour several years earlier. Some of this was interesting (it's such a shame there was no recording equipment in those days as it would have been fascinating to have been able to hear Dickens reading his books on stage to an audience!Read more ›
However I can't deny his impact as a novelist at a time when reading as a past time was only just reaching the masses. And so this book looked intriguing.
Primarily set immediately after the death of the famous author, having completed exactly half of the installments of his latest book - The Mystery of Edwin Drood - James Osgood, the junior partner in his American publishers is sent to England to try to track down any other parts of the manuscript.
However dark forces are afoot; there are two murders related to the Dickens papers in short order and Osgood is attacked on the ship to England. Clearly someone does not want any more of Drood to be published.
Pearl has taken one of the greatest literary mysteries of all (there really are no clues about how Drood was supposed to conclude) and wrapped it in another fictional conundrum. He has clearly researched all of the details very well and uses real people - including Osgood and Dickens himself- along with fictional characters to tell the story. This gives the plot a certain solidity because so much of it is based in reality, with the fabricated parts showing through the cracks.
The narrative moves between 1870 and Osgood's quest, to India at the same time where Frank Dickens (son of Charles) is investigating drug smuggling and to 1868 when Dickens is performing a reading tour of America.
The plot is more-or-less highly plausible, just some coincidental points that require a little suspension of disbelief.Read more ›
On the other hand, some aspects of locale creation in England were quite good (more could have been made of the London underworld and sewers! For example, see Clare Clark's The Great Stink. The evocation of Gadshill Place was interesting and made this reviewer want to go to Rochester again to look at the property. Overall, it's a well-written novel, just not as good as The Dante Club.
In many ways the themes are similar but this one is confusing and gets bogged down, apparently heading nowhere fast with a convoluted plot that ultimately peters out into nothing and sub plots that never develop. I would find it difficult to recommend particularly as Dickens has died by the time the action begins, but we keep dipping back into his life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The plot of this novel is ludicrous. Many of the scenarios are utterly unbelievable; the author obviously couldn't be bothered to think about what he was describing, an idea simply... Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2012 by Andy T
Well, I'm not sure where all these thrills are that other readers have experienced. I've found this a turgid novel that is harder work than it actually warrants. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2012 by J. Shaw
A wonderfully crafted piece that guides the reader expertly through a tense, psychological landscape with pace and thrills aplenty. A great read!Published on 17 Feb. 2012 by Edward Rice
Matthew Pearl's third historical literary thriller turns its sights onto the mystery of Dickens' final unfinished work. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2012 by Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
Set shortly after Dickens's death in 1870, and told partly in flashback, this novel follows (real-life) Boston publisher James Osgood as he tries to find any clues as to what... Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2011 by Petra Bryce
After having read 'Drood' I found this novel to consist of feeble, clumsy prose and a weak plot. Read more
Did you think that Dickens was a really nice man, and what happend to his last manuscript these and other strange occurences will keep you gripped with a forbodingPublished on 25 Nov. 2010 by actionman023
Got this book from Renegade Books as a used item it was described as very good condition, I would up that description to excellent as it looks new and for only 1 penny (P&P was... Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2010 by Mr. C. J. Elding
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