Literary Corner Cafe

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Quincunx by Charles Palliser

For us at Literary Corner Cafe, winter is a time to sit back and relax by a cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea or cocoa and read an intricately plotted Victorian mystery. We've already read Michael Cox's The Meaning of Night, and for the most part, we loved it. Now, we're focusing on Charles Palliser's The Quincunx.

Some of us are finding The Quincunx a fascinating read, while others are having a hard time getting "into" the book. The problem? The two editors who are having a difficult time with the book like chidren, but they don't enjoy child narrators and The Quincunx begins with a child narrator who feels we must know every little detail of his life.

The consensus among people who've read the book seems to be that The Quincunx is a slightly superior book to The Meaning of Night and certainly more intricately plotted. The Meaning of Night, however, started with an unforgettable first sentence and a great hook and only got better from there. We're going to continue with The Quincunx, of course, and hope the book gets more and more involving with each page we turn.

We do know one thing for sure. We'd better speed up our reading of this "big book." Still on tap for us before spring makes its much anticipated arrival are Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White and Charles Dickens' huge masterpiece, Bleak House.

Wish us luck! :)

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