The Meaning of Night
Publish date: September 17th 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 703
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, 19th Century
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
Series: The Meaning of Night (#1)
Dani (a GR friend) asked me why I gave this three stars, so instead of pulling out the reading journals I've been keeping since 2000, I reread it. The book is a great homage to the Victorian thriller that Cox had long edited and admired. What I found distracting were the footnotes.The novel is one o...
I got through part 1 and failed to care enough to continue. As there are reserves on it I'm going to send it on it's merry way. I may return to it again.
This was so unnecessarily long. I hated almost every single character and found Edward's slavish devotion to fate inexplicable and annoying. Poor Edward - I saw that betrayal coming a mile away (though unfortunately it took many, many pages to learn I was right).
This book started out great. The first line, "After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." really hooked me. As the book continued it proved interesting, a tale narrated in the first person by a man of obvious derangement convinced of his own rationality and ...