- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (7 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141040432
- ISBN-13: 978-0141040431
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
King Solomon's Carpet: Psychological Thriller Paperback – 7 May 2009
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'The most brilliant novelist writiing in English today' Daily Telegraph 'The tension grows... an overwhelming sense of foreboding... when the unravelling takes place, it is brilliantly unexpected and original' The Times 'I longed to know what would happen next. Towards the end the tension fairly gets you by the throat' Sunday Express
'The tension grows ... an overwhelming sense of foreboding ... when the unravelling takes place, it is brilliantly unexpected and original.' (The Times)
'I longed to know what would happen next. Towards the end the tension fairly gets you by the throat.' (Sunday Express)
'Vine arouses a genuine fear that all that is normal is in danger of being lost.' (The Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although this one won the Gold Dagger back in 1991, there probably isn’t an awful lot of crime within the pages. It’s more a novel of individual characters, including three generations of the one family, crossing paths with others against the backdrop of the London Underground and a former schoolhouse, which now serves as lodgings for some of the cast.
Interspersed in the narrative are facts regarding the Underground, its history and evolution and expansion, from its conception as one man’s idea - Charles Pearson, a Victorian visionary – “A poor man is chained to the spot. He has not the leisure to walk and he has not money to ride a distance to his work.”
I really liked this book, mainly for the characters and the development of the relationships between the main players, as well as the Underground history lesson.
A grandmother – Cecilia, affluent and a bit judgemental,
A daughter – Tina, carefree with a somewhat feckless attitude to life, easy come, easy go, easy with the men she crosses paths with,
Tina’s two children, one boy one girl;
The girl – Bienvida perceptive to her grandmother’s moods and considerate in her responses regarding her mother, both knowing what lies, both little white ones and those by omission are being told.
The boy – Jasper adventurous, a regular truant and addicted to the thrills of sledging on the London Underground. (Sledging – the art of riding on a tube train’s roof between stations.Read more ›
This offering is typical of Vine: more than a bit odd, creepy, an exploration of the darker aspects of human nature. It's fantastically well-written, and grabs a hold of you right from the beginning. Vine introduces her characters one by one, and gradually fills in the spaces in between them, all the way up to the very last page, when the whole story falls so perfectly and neatly into place.
It's a chilling tale in parts, one in which London's Tube network becomes a veritable protagonist, a true player in the story. Vine clearly did her homework before creating this fine book, so as to give the reader all the details one needs to *be* there, in the book. Only when one's one imagination can paint a more vivid picture does she merely sketch an outline for the reader to fill in.
I read this book whilst on holiday, enjoying the Maui sun. But it took me all the way to London, to the suburbs, to the bustling Underground stations, and to the frightening darkness of the deep line Tube tunnels. Truly exemplary writing!
Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine skilfully uses the London Underground as a centre piece and around it weaves a tale of dangerous childhood games,a terrorist plot and an eccentric author writing a book about the history of the Underground system and renting out rooms to a group of very mis-matched people. Fascinating facts and snippets about the tube are masterfully incorporated into the tale and the story ends as chillingly as it started with a Peruvian wedding dress.
Sadly this story has dated due to events which have occurred since it was written and it probably wouldn't appeal to the younger reader. The theme is timeless though and it is an extremely clever, most brilliantly researched story which will always stay in my bookcase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great ruth rendell fan but I really struggled with this found myself skipping pages never realised underground systems were so boringPublished 5 months ago by carol r.
So many characters and story lines it becomes rather difficult to follow. I found it slow moving with a lot of tedious detail.Published 16 months ago by Sally A. Adams
Normally I like Barbara Vine's novels but I found this one really hard going. The title refers to the London Tube and the book is about a group of people associated with it in... Read morePublished 21 months ago by June
Not for me this one. Bored me from the beginning so I packed it in.Published 23 months ago by 15snowflakes
Over sold. Struggled to get into this. Certainly not a page turner although it was very cleverly written and had a tidy end which goes up with a puff of smokePublished on 5 April 2015 by G. R. U
didn't like the parts about the London underground was boreing otherwise goodPublished on 18 Jan. 2015 by Linda Kelly
As an avid Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell fan, I was looking forward to reading this book. I did like it, however, I do not think it is as good or masterful as her other books, which... Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2014 by Sheila Iris
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