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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Peabody PL - Columbia City FICTION PEARS (Text) 30403001168079 Adult - Fiction Available -
West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette FIC PEA (Text) 31951003502348 Main Floor - Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0965439933
  • ISBN: 9780965439930
  • Physical Description: 398 pages : map ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead, 2002.

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General Note:
Includes Chronology (p. [397]-398).
Summary, etc.:
"May well be the best historical mystery ever written," proclaimed The Sunday Boston Globe about Iain Pears's An Instance of the Fingerpost, while Booklist called its publication "a major literary event." Iain Pears's international bestseller was greeted with front-page reviews ("A crafty, utterly mesmerizing intellectual thriller" -The Washington Post Book World), named a New York Times Notable Book, and hailed as a Book to Remember by the New York Public Library. Now he returns with a greatly anticipated novel that is so brilliantly constructed, the author himself describes it as "a complexity." The centuries are the fifth (the final days of the Roman Empire); the fourteenth (the years of the Black Death); and the twentieth (World War II). The setting for each is the same -Provence -and each has at its heart a love story. The narratives intertwine seamlessly, but what joins them thematically is an ancient text -"The Dream of Scipio" -a work of neo-Platonism that poses timeless philosophical questions. What is the obligation of the individual in a society under siege? What is the role of learning when civilization itself is threatened, whether by acts of man or nature? Does virtue lie more in engagement or in neutrality? "Power without wisdom is tyranny; wisdom without power is pointless," warns one of Pears's characters.
Subject: Manuscripts > Fiction.
Provence (France) > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Romance fiction.

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