Oxford 1663: un luogo e un momento storico di grandi fermenti politici, scientifici e religiosi. Un docente del New College viene trovato morto in circostanze misteriose. Una ragazza è accusata di stregoneria e di omicidio, e condannata all'impiccagione. Quattro testimoni raccontano la loro «verità»: un cattolico veneziano, Marco de Cola; uno studente di legge ossessionato dalla vicenda del padre, Jack Prescott; un insigne matematico e teologo, John Wallis; uno studioso dell'antichità, Anthony Wood. Ma uno soltanto di loro dice tutta la verità...
Thriller di alto profilo e sorprendente originalità, sospeso tra finzione narrativa e fedele ricostruzione storica, La quarta verità ricrea magistralmente l'atmosfera, ma anche e soprattutto la mentalità di un'epoca tra le più complesse e affascinanti.
- ISBN: 8850237057
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 766
- Data di uscita: 03-07-2014
”When in a Search of any Nature the Understanding stands suspended, then Instances of the Fingerpost shew the true and inviolable Way in which the Question is to be decided. These Instances afford great Light, so that the Course of the Investigation will sometimes be terminated by them. Sometimes, i Leggi tutto
Still one of the best books I've ever read, this has something for everyone. It's a mystery, it's history, it's science, it's drama, it's amazing. It's really long too, but that just makes it better- by the time you finish it you'll be sorry it wasn't longer.
There is a murder and there is a dispossessed heir. Frankly, I couldn’t give a stuff if some shouldabeen rich young sprog got hornswoggled in the 17th century, I mean, the goodly realm of Great Britain had just been through 20 years of civil war and there was an awful lot of horns swoggled, of that Leggi tutto
A "novel" novel (please pardon the attempted humor), where unreliable narrators outnumber purported reliability by a long shot. Once again my happiness at not living in the 17th century is validated as I read of the physical squalor, the political and religious unrest and distrust in England after t Leggi tutto
What sticks in my mind about this book is being consumed with fury for 1/4th of it--and then having the following conclusion be the greatest revenge. A really excellent novel with some very unreliable narrators and detailed characterization. I was amazed at how everything fit together by the end.
This is one of the few books that I felt compelled to start immediately again, from page one, after reaching the end -- even though it has close to 700 pages. The story of this thriller is retold, in succession, by four different people. One of them lies and not until the very end does the reader kno Leggi tutto
Iain Pears is a Coventry-born and Oxford-educated art historian and author of historical mysteries, and An Instance of the Fingerpost is his most famous novel. Good historians are not necessarily good authors and good authors are not necessarily good historians, but in Fingerpost Pears manages to st Leggi tutto
Edit Jan 2018: Added the right version of the audio book One murder. One young woman, Sarah Blundy, suspected to be the murderer and already found guilty by almost everyone before her trial starts. Four men of different backgrounds who recount the events that led to the murder and beyond. One of them is Leggi tutto
This was my second Pears after The Portrait and I have to conclude I'm not a match with his books. This, again, is impressive in lots of ways but I found it laborious to read and the pay-off simply wasn't worth it after 700 pages. More positively, there has clearly been a huge amount of work done on Leggi tutto
An extremely engaging historical novel set in 1660s Oxford, with a side trip to London. Told from four viewpoints of varying reliability, this murder mystery gets gradually revealed as the story unfolds. The murder itself is consequential only in that it serves as a device to tie the main characters Leggi tutto
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