Walter & The Resurrection Of G Paperback – 7 Dec 1995
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An intriguing adventure of the hermetic imagination across time, T.J. Armstrong s first novel compels attention throughout its twinned story-lines and leaves a strange afterglow in the mind Lindsay Clarke, author of the CHYMICAL WEDDING, winner of the Whitbread Award for Fiction. --Lindsay Clarke, author of the CHYMICAL WEDDING, winner of the Whitbread Award for Fiction. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
T. J. Armstrong was born in Essex in 1957. He read Modern Languages at Oxford and studied Philosophy at London University. He teaches Modern Languages at the King's School, Canterbury.
Top Customer Reviews
The thing I enjoyed most in the novel was this exploration of the ways in which people struggle to make sense of their lives by seeking patterns. As one character says, 'There is no answer. Only the patterns you perceive. 'So what kind of novel is this? Certainly a thriller, for there is some terrific suspense as Walter gets in and out of dreadful scrapes. There is the sustained suspense of his struggles to find out why people keep telling him 'You are the One' when it is not at all clear what 'the One' is. And you keep reading to find out the identity and purpose of the mysterious Brotherhood of Watchers who surface repeatedly to shape Walter's life. There are brilliantly tense episodes: I particularly enjoyed Walter's outwitting the mighty Johannes of Ulm in the tournament and the dramatic revelations and fiery destruction in the church of San Saturio. But best of all is G's gripping apparent return from the dead to interrupt a moment of passion, followed by his disappearance into a cellar full of occult symbolism, computers and voyeuristic video screens. I much enjoyed the incisive writing of this modern section.Read more ›
The second part of the book finds his writings, songs and poems in the hands of a modern day Oxford professor, known only as 'G'. But the irascible G dies in Spain and his legacy passes to one of his students – Ian – and the mysterious Lilian. It is for them to sort through his papers and get them published if they can.
Overall, this is a good read and one can't help getting caught up with Walter and his ambitions. But, sadly, it is not perfect: I found three occasions of passages being underlined for no apparent reason (perhaps some pieces singled out for editing and not removed for the printing?). One or two minor typos should be noted but are acceptable. The chapters are all headed by the name of a Tarot Card from the Major Arcane but unfortunately, two consecutive chapters use the same heading. I don't think this was deliberate. The second (designated as Appendix I and much shorter) part of the book uses this same method, as do the poems that are printed as Appendix II.
On its own, the story of Walter would certainly stand up as a very good historical novel for it is well written, with good style and description: the aftermath in the modern day I found confusing and frustrating in that it seems to leave a lot of questions unanswered – and most of those questions would begin with 'Why....?'
Nevertheless, I did enjoy and maybe another reader may understand better than I what the writer is getting at.
(Reviewed for the Historical Novel Society)
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