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The Quincunx By Charles Palliser The Quincunx The protagonist a young man naive enough to be blind to all clues about his own hidden history and to the fact that his very existence is troubling to all manner of evildoers narrates a story of unco

  • Title: The Quincunx
  • Author: Charles Palliser
  • ISBN: 9780345371133
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Quincunx By Charles Palliser The protagonist, a young man naive enough to be blind to all clues about his own hidden history and to the fact that his very existence is troubling to all manner of evildoers narrates a story of uncommon beauty which not only brings readers face to face with dozens of piquantly drawn characters at all levels of 19th century English society but re creates with precisionThe protagonist, a young man naive enough to be blind to all clues about his own hidden history and to the fact that his very existence is troubling to all manner of evildoers narrates a story of uncommon beauty which not only brings readers face to face with dozens of piquantly drawn characters at all levels of 19th century English society but re creates with precision the tempestuous weather and gnarly landscape that has been a motif of the English novel since Wuthering Heights The suspension of disbelief happens easily, as the reader is led through twisted family trees and plot lines The quincunx of the title is a heraldic figure of five parts that appears at crucial points within the text the number five recurs throughout the novel, which itself is divided into five parts, one for each of the family galaxies whose orbits the narrator is pulled into Quintuple the length of the ordinary novel, this extraordinary tour de force also has five times the ordinary allotment of adventure, action and aplomb.
    The Quincunx By Charles Palliser

    The Quincunx by Charles Palliser The protagonist, a young man naive enough to be blind to all clues about his own hidden history and to the fact that his very existence is troubling to all manner of evildoers narrates a story of uncommon beauty which not only brings readers face to face with dozens of piquantly drawn characters at all levels of th century English society but re creates with precision The Quincunx Palliser, Charles The Quincunx will not disappoint you It is, quite simply, superb Chicago Sun Times A bold and vivid tale that invites the reader to get lost in the intoxicating rhythms of another world And the invitation is irresistible San Francisco Chronicle The Meaning of the Quincunx or Inconjunct Aspects in Astrology The Quincunx Aspect Aspects in Astrology The Inconjunct or Quincunx The inconjunct or quincunx the terms are generally used interchangeably aspect in astrology is formed between planets that are roughly degrees apart If we use an orb of degrees, the planets or points in question can be anywhere from degrees to degrees apart. The Quincunx by Charles Palliser About The Quincunx An extraordinary modern novel in the Victorian tradition, Charles Palliser has created something extraordinary a plot within a plot within a plot of family secrets, mysterious clues, low born birth, high reaching immorality, and, always, always the fog enshrouded, enigmatic character of th century London itself. The Quincunx The Greatest Literature of All Time The Quincunx is an absolutely stunning literary achievement Much than that, it s a great read A lot has been made of its technical brilliance.

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    1. Paul Bryant on said:

      If every other novel was like this it would be terrible I d never leave the house I d call my office sorry, can t make it today, I have 450 pages to finish, I m sure you ll understand, put it down as a family emergency and eventually they d email me you re fired but I wouldn t read the email My cat would have to become feral Empires might tumble, Bob Dylan might be chosen as the next Pope, I wouldn t notice.Anyway, fortunately, most novels aren t either this good or this long, so we can live rea [...]

    2. Shovelmonkey1 on said:

      Cor blimey guv nor that was a long old read Weightier than a bag of coal and with pages than her majesty s coronation I view my current love of this sort of Victorian era homage with the highest amusement for, despite having recently read and enjoyed The Crimson Petal and the White and Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell and now The Quincunx, I am yet to read the books which these so lovingly ape Not a dash of Dickens or a jot of James has passed my eyeballs.And frankly, after over 1000 pages of novel [...]

    3. mark monday on said:

      a mysterious and elaborate narrative done in the classic Dickens style stays true to the form, particularly in its almost monomaniacal obsession with money and property the extensive research is obvious and helps to make the era vivid and completely real characterizations were surprisingly flat for such an immense tome and unfortunately, that includes not only the intriguing supporting cast but the primary characters of son and mother i also have to say that i was let down by the curiously drab [...]

    4. Tiffany Reisz on said:

      Five stars for the book for being immersive and awesome Five star for me for reading an 800 page book We re both winners here Or losers depending on your perspective Also I m going to read only very short books from now on Pamphlets Can you rate pamphlets on

    5. Jason Reeser on said:

      When I was a kid, I fell in love with these great big, old, aromatic tomes called classics J.F Cooper was an early favorite And of course, Charles Dickens was not far behind I had no friends whatsoever who seemed to be able to enjoy sitting down with a slow, fascinating read like Barnaby Rudge or David Copperfield or The Last of the Mohicans But that didn t stop me from reading and books like them.Fast forward to my early twenties I was at a bookstore, and found this beautiful artwork on the d [...]

    6. Vit Babenco on said:

      What if Charles Dickens were a postmodernist writer Would he have been capable to write The Quincunx The stylization is perfect Loomed at us from the shadows like a theatrical show the drawn faces of the very poor, the laughing faces of those in funds or already drunk, but always, in one form or another, misery and fear and shame and desperation, whether clothed in rags or in tawdry finery, and everywhere a profligacy of children children of all ages, children in tatters, dirty, with unkempt hai [...]

    7. Tracy Staton on said:

      At first I thought this was an imitation of a Victorian novel, then a complete recreation of every Victorian novel, and finally I decided it was a parody of and commentary on the Victorian novel It had every Victorian trope imaginable the lost inheritance, the fatherless hero, the consumptive beauty, the abandoned manor, the mysterious break in, the lost birth certificate, the evil money hungry miser, the intolerable boys school, the nightmarish insane asylum, the missing will, the charming croo [...]

    8. Ian "Marvin" Graye on said:

      A tatty old copy of this book arrived in the mail today April 8, 2011.It has particular significance to me, because I first read about it in a newspaper review of another book if you like The Quincunx, you will like this other book.I had never heard of this unusual word or the book, and promptly googled it.I found Paul Bryant s GR review of it, and thus began a lifelong obsession with GR and Paul Bryant.

    9. Jennifer (aka EM) on said:

      Take Dickens, multiply the filth, poverty and desperation by five multiply the cast of characters by five multiply the number of plot twists, betrayals, double triple quadruple and quintuple crosses by five and multiply the multiple identities by five Add a speculative real estate scheme, a couple of phony front companies, a banking and credit crisis, a raft of lawyers, lenders, borrowers, beggars and stealers and then run the whole thing through a sieve of the major moral, political, social, an [...]

    10. Mosca on said:

      This book of course sets out to recreate a traditional nineteenth century novel The language, the plot curves, the characters, the settings, these elements all work admirably towards that end If you are transported by historically accurate nineteenth century details if you love very, very complex mysteries if intrigues and the Gordian knots of family genealogies lure you if the you are charmed by the reconstruction of pre Victorian plot conventions, this book is definitely for you The obvious sc [...]

    11. Jane on said:

      The story begins with a young boy, named John, who lives with his mother, Mary, in an English village They are not wealthy but they are not poor either, and so they are able to live quietly and quite comfortably As he grows up John comes to realise that the way they live is not normal and that his mother is keeping secrets that there must be reasons why she is so very protective of him, why he isn t allowed to play with other children, why anyone who comes to their door is unwelcome.When a relat [...]

    12. Allison on said:

      I had very high hopes for this novel the author is obviously highly imaginative and has great potential talent atmosphere is arguably the main character in this novel, and he has obviously spent much time and energy devoted to researching his subject however, this first novel, overall, I found hideously disappointing Whether it is read as a parody or recreation of classic Victorian novels, it is just severely lacking in some essential areas.The plot, while sufficiently twisted and complicated, i [...]

    13. Marigold on said:

      This is one of my favorite books ever I read it a few years ago, then loaned it to a friend who returned it I forgot she even had it so after hearing her rave about it, I decided I had to re read it, I loved it even the 2nd time If you like Dickens other Victorian novels, you ll love it It s a novel that takes you completely out of yourself into early 1800s England It s the story of young John, who may or may not be the lost heir to a great estate His story involves murder, insanity, incest, a [...]

    14. Bruce on said:

      This monumental and brilliantly written novel takes place in England during the 19th century and involves an estate and multiple families over several generations, the relationship between these families being unclear at the beginning In fact, much is mysterious, including the real name and lineage of the young boy who seems to be the protagonist, John Mellamphy A few of the chapters are told in the third person by someone I was never able to identify, but most are told by John in the first pers [...]

    15. Eric_W on said:

      The quincunx is an arrangement of five items in a square based on a cross that was used for several five domed Byzantine churches It s also a terribly important design in a novel of five parts by Charles Palliser that is absolutely riveting Set in England during the early nineteenth century, it is narrated by a child whose age we are never told, even as he grows older His name changes also as he realizes he has been hidden to protect his life, for he is the direct descendant of a wealthy landown [...]

    16. Jonfaith on said:

      From the time of its release, my friends and I were all fascinated by Oliver Stone s film JFK We d watch it together and discuss such for hours, debating the motives and agency each suspect would have This continued for many years and I d wager if circumstances allowed such, we d all still gather and view the film again Most of us were never drawn to the literature surrounding the assassination, by which I mean the myriad accounts and theorists who created an additional universe of sinister poss [...]

    17. Martin on said:

      please, please don t waste your time, this is over 1000 pages of tripe The Author tries to be too clever, claiming this is an attempt to play with the conventions of a victorian novel He appears to be an English Lit professor and is a great example of why University academics sometimes need a good kicking The story is boring, the characters neither believable or interesting, Dickens did it first and did it better, why the hell Pallister bothered is beyond me What is particularly irritating is th [...]

    18. Laurie on said:

      Nearly 800 pages of a cross between Dickens on an off day and the Series of Unfortunate Events for adults I suspended my disbelief for far too long, and what did I receive at the end No clear answer to the ultimate question of the protagonist s parentage, and a bleaker than bleak worldview which isn t even logical The lengths the author went to in letting us know that there was no pattern or higher meaning to the hero s struggles and suffering was in itself far too fraught with coincidence to be [...]

    19. Eliza on said:

      Holy Cow what a page turner, and it better freaken be at 700 something pages I may have made a big mistake reading this now that school is back in session, I may not finish it till schools out All that aside its really good It feels like a really good Dickens with lots of crazy characters and twists and turns Love it Now that I ve finished it I m a bit bummed with the ending But then again how very Dickens He seemed to have some trouble wrapping up his endings as well Ah the same I still loved i [...]

    20. Ceci on said:

      This is a masterful novel, both a parody and a celebration of a Dickensian novel It s set in Victorian London and teems with mysteries, strange enemies, colourful characters, great inheritance It s an unputdownable, giant of a novel of great complexity and intelligence It s one of those rare books you wish to read all over again once you ve finished it despite its great lenght.

    21. Kate Sherrod on said:

      I suppose we could regard Charles Palliser s Quincunx as final proof that for every genre or great genre master of fiction, however obscure or archaic, there is not only someone who will attempt a pastiche of it him, but sometimes there is even one who is very, very good at it Charles Palliser is one of these, an otaku s otaku in the realm of the nineteenth century social novel I didn t know there could be such a thing Did you For Quincunx is a Dickensian pastiche of the very highest order, thou [...]

    22. Candace on said:

      I am done Five stars Long and windy, knotted up family histories, inheritances, betrayals, greed and power, estate law and wills, so much London, and mostly the nasty bits you don t often read about It s not perfect, most of the characters make you want to throttle them in some way, but intricately researched and planned, spirals upon webs of inter connected plots and people that was so satisfying to see come together I read nearly 1000 pages in a month so it tells me something Like Bleak House [...]

    23. Don on said:

      This novel is one of my all time favorites which I ve never successfully turned anyone on to Though it starts slow, it becomes an entirely new novel once the main characters move to London A really well crafted Dickensian novel that partially incorporates the life of Dickens himself There s a lot of depth here of which I m sure I ve only scratched the surface.

    24. Elizabeth (Alaska) on said:

      This was not exactly what I expected Somehow I had come to believe that both the story and the prose were 19th Century Certainly the story is set in pre Victorian England I was confused by this for about 200 pages, even though there were two references to His Majesty, which meant that Victoria had not yet ascended the throne The prose however, did not seem to me to be 19th Century The author tried to make us believe it was so by spelling trousers as trowsers or sofa as sopha I did not see why he [...]

    25. M.M. Bennetts on said:

      This review was originally published in The Christian Science Monitor.Think, if you will, of an earlier age in the chronicles of English literature an age when authors such as Dickens, Thackeray and Trollope flourished Remember a period in which verbosity was no crime and a novel was needed to fill the long spare hours of autumn evenings Recall that time when themes were veiled in multiple layers of plot and characters, that era in which an author might freely discourse with his reader.It is to [...]

    26. Heidi on said:

      This was a looooonnnnng book and while I read it with great interest all the way through, I was pretty disappointed in the ending A young english boy, eventually man, goes through all these horrendous experiences because he is the secret heir to a fortune and numerous other people who all benefit from his NOT becoming the heir want to kill him There is a very intricate puzzle he needs to solve, and many relationships he has to untangle, before he can reach his goal He is subjected to a litany of [...]

    27. tracey on said:

      My first read from this author and I had high hopes for this book I loved the length, the topic and the time period I ended up sorely disappointed.The author, obviously, is a fan of Dickens The language and feel of the book definitely spoke that clearly However, after the 27th time that John got abducted beat up wronged double crossed, I gave up and there were at least another 30 times it happened after that I get the down and despair I get that it was a struggle for him to make his way through [...]

    28. Julia on said:

      WOW, talk about mystery This book was full of twists and turns I couldn t put it down It was definitely a little confusing determining the family lineage at times, and I got confused with how inter connected every character was in the novel But it was a joy to read It follows the life of a young London boy, and all the travesties, mostly, for there was little joy in his life, that he miraculously overcame either by his own wits or the help of people he knew little of It starts with his happy chi [...]

    29. Doronike on said:

      J tos k maza uzvar t ja, jo Kvinkonss bija pirm gr mata, ko es pirms pieciem gadiem atz m ju k to read , bet visu laiku apjoma d t tika nob d ta uz v l ku laiku kas izr d s tom r pien ca atr k k pensija.Milz gs st sts par 19 gadsimta Angliju, las t br iem bija sare g ti, jo pr t j patur gan manto anas ties bas, ko maina da di testamenti, gan pla s enealo iskais koks, kam nemit gi plaukst jauni zari, bet tas bija tie m aizraujo i Autors gan vair k nor da uz Dikensa ietekmi un rom ns ir apzin ti v [...]

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