The Quincunx

The Quincunx A tour de force of mystery intrigue and passionate revenge The Quincunx is an ingenious modern twist on the grand fictional tradition of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins Charles Palliser unfolds

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  • Title: The Quincunx
  • Author: Charles Palliser James Hutcheson Jenny Phillips
  • ISBN: 9780345364630
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A tour de force of mystery, intrigue, and passionate revenge, The Quincunx is an ingenious modern twist on the grand fictional tradition of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins Charles Palliser unfolds an epic story of murder, disinheritance, and deception that knits all levels of English society together in a mesmerizing, intricately crafted plot.Searching for clues to hisA tour de force of mystery, intrigue, and passionate revenge, The Quincunx is an ingenious modern twist on the grand fictional tradition of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins Charles Palliser unfolds an epic story of murder, disinheritance, and deception that knits all levels of English society together in a mesmerizing, intricately crafted plot.Searching for clues to his origins, John Huffam, a young man from the north of England, comes to believe that he is the victim of a vast and ancient conspiracy, and that only by claiming his mystery enshrouded birthright can he escape it.His quest for the truth draws him from the remote countryside of his childhood into the violent and corrupt London underworld of the Late Regency a world of poverty and fear for many, of fabulous wealth and luxury for the few Here John finds that nothing is safe from the laws of supply and demand the living and the dead, loyalty, friendship, and even justice itself.Each time he believes that he has eluded the conspiracy, its tentacles seem to entrap him and those dearest to him, destroying them or turning them against him But is there a plot or are the connections he keeps finding merely coincidences To answer all of his questions and solve the mysteries of his birth, he decides that, at peril of his life, he must uncover the darkest secrets of his family s past.And with the obsessive logic of a nightmare, the figure of the quincunx, a figure of five parts, appears at every crucial turning point in John s quest Herein lies the secret not only of John s identity but of the crime that stained his family with blood on his parents wedding night and for generations before that.The Quincunx combines the narrative thrust of the Victorian novel with the spellbinding ingenuity of a modern whodunnit indeed, many of the clues to the mysteries that John confronts are to be found in the illustrative clues throughout the novel Riveting in its suspense, scrupulously accurate in its period detail, and daringly original in form, The Quincunx is that rarest of literary achievements a superbly written work of fiction that is impossible to put down.

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    1. 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 w [...]

    2. Cor blimey guv'nor that was a long old read. Weightier than a bag of coal and with more 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 pa [...]

    3. 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 d [...]

    4. 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. 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 more and more books like them.Fast-forward to my early twenties. I was at a bookstore, and found this beau [...]

    6. 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 u [...]

    7. 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 c [...]

    8. 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. 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, socia [...]

    10. ------------------------------------------------------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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 complicat [...]

    13. 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 more 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 inv [...]

    14. 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 fi [...]

    15. 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 land [...]

    16. 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 p [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 coincidenc [...]

    19. 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 st [...]

    20. 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. 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, t [...]

    22. 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 H [...]

    23. 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. 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 [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 litan [...]

    27. 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 w [...]

    28. 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 hap [...]

    29. Jūtos kā maza uzvarētāja, jo "Kvinkonss" bija pirmā grāmata, ko es pirms pieciem gadiem atzīmēju kā "to-read", bet visu laiku apjoma dēļ tā tika nobīdīta uz vēlāku laiku (kas izrādās tomēr pienāca atrāk kā pensija).Milzīgs stāsts par 19. gadsimta Angliju, lasīt brīžiem bija sarežgīti, jo prātā jāpatur gan mantošanas tiesības, ko maina dažādi testamenti, gan plašs ģenealoģiskais koks, kam nemitīgi plaukst jauni zari, bet tas bija tiešām aizraujoši. Auto [...]

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