Literary Corner Cafe

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Quincunx - Updated

We've left the narrator's childhood behind, at least for the moment, and we're finding Charles Palliser's The Quincunx, more and more fascinating.

Although the book is intricately plotted (very intricately plotted), Palliser is such a masterful writer that none of us have ever found ourselves confused or "lost." Just intrigued. More and more and more intrigued.

Like Michael Cox's The Meaning of Night, and Palliser's The Unburied, The Quincunx is "the" perfect Victorian mystery to wile away the last of those long, dark winter days before spring makes it much anticipated arrival. And if you're looking for something a little lighter, try Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale.

We couldn't recommend the above books more highly. We hope you'll enjoy them as much as we do.

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