Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution

Martha Peake A Novel of the Revolution A hypnotic tale of psychological suspense and haunting beauty Set among the teeming streets and desolate wharves of Hogarth s London then shifting to the powder keg colony of Massachusetts Bay Master

  • Title: Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
  • Author: Patrick McGrath
  • ISBN: 9780375701313
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • A hypnotic tale of psychological suspense and haunting beauty Set among the teeming streets and desolate wharves of Hogarth s London, then shifting to the powder keg colony of Massachusetts Bay.Master storyteller Patrick McGrath author of the critically acclaimed novel Asylum and a finalist for England s prestigious Whitbread Prize for fiction once again spins a hypnotiA hypnotic tale of psychological suspense and haunting beauty Set among the teeming streets and desolate wharves of Hogarth s London, then shifting to the powder keg colony of Massachusetts Bay.Master storyteller Patrick McGrath author of the critically acclaimed novel Asylum and a finalist for England s prestigious Whitbread Prize for fiction once again spins a hypnotic tale of psychological suspense and haunting beauty Set among the teeming streets and desolate wharves of Hogarth s London, then shifting to the powder keg colony of Massachusetts Bay, Martha Peake envelops the reader in a world on the brink of revolution, and introduces us to a flame haired heroine who will live in the imagination long after the last page is turned.Settled with our narrator beside a crackling fire, we hear of the poet and smuggler Harry Peake how Harry lost his wife, Grace, in a tragic fire that left him horribly disfigured how he made a living displaying his deformed spine in the alehouses of eighteenth century London and how his only solace was his devoted daughter, Martha, who inherited all of his fire but none of his passion for cheap gin As the drink eats away at Harry s soul, it opens ancient wounds when he commits one final act of unspeakable brutality, Martha, fearing for her life, must flee for the American colonies Once safely on America s shores, Martha immerses herself in the passions of smoldering rebellion But even in this land of new beginnings, she is unable to escape the past Caught up in a web of betrayals, she redeems herself with one final, unforgettable act of courage.Superbly plotted and wholly absorbing, Martha Peake is an edge of your seat shocker that is crafted with the psychological precision Patrick McGrath s fans have come to expect A writer whose novels The New York Times Book Review has called both mesmerizing and brilliant, McGrath applies his remarkable imaginative powers to a fresh and broad historical canvas Martha Peake is the poignant, often disturbing tale of a child fighting free of a father s twisted love, and of the colonists struggle to free themselves from a smothering homeland It is Patrick McGrath s finest novel yet.

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    1. Onvan : Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution - Nevisande : Patrick McGrath - ISBN : 375701311 - ISBN13 : 9780375701313 - Dar 367 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2000

    2. Patrick McGrath è uno dei migliori romanzieri attualmente in circolazione: mescola sapientemente lo stile gotico al dramma familiare, l'affanno psicologico all'amore più ossessivo. Con "Martha Peake" raggiunge l'apice, in quanto a tutto questo concilia l'interesse ed il tratto sorprendente del romanzo storico.Il libro, ambientato tra il 1760 e il 1770 , racconta la storia di un uomo deforme da un incidente da lui stesso causato - Harry Peake - un londinese (reso ancor più sfigurato dalla vita [...]

    3. English author Patrick McGrath has been hailed as the master of the neo-gothic, but he prefers to describe himself as the creator of "stories of love and madness". I haven't read his other novels, which have generally been highly acclaimed, but having devoured Martha Peake, I can say that the gothic and romantic certainly blend seamlessly here. Told by two unreliable narrators, decades afterward, Martha's tale plays out in four 18th century settings, each equally dark and threatening. Harry Peak [...]

    4. This is both a very typical McGrath book, for its untrustworthy narrator and flights of addiction and depravity, and a rather non-typical McGrath book for its more upbeat conclusion. I refrain from saying "happy ending", but it is far from the sad or even psychotically depressing end most of his books contain.Set during the early days of the American Revolution, it is the story of Martha Peake's flight from England and from her deformed, both morally and physically, father. As with all McGrath, [...]

    5. I'm a big Patrick McGrath fan. This is a twisty -- and twisted -- tale of a young British girl who ends up in America during the Revolution. His characters are interesting because they aren't always good or likeable but they're almost always cunning. The stories are suspenseful and creepy but always feel like they cold be real life. I liked Martha Peake -- the details were vivid and seemed true to me. I really felt that he wrote a believable female character -- strong and willful but limited in [...]

    6. Dette hørtes spennende ut for meg som elsker "gotiske" romaner, men her ga jeg opp halvveis. Språket hakket så mye at det gikk ut over konsentrasjonen. Bedre på originalspråket, antagelig.

    7. This book is less about the main character, Martha Peake, that it is about what time and human imagination do to alter a person's legacy. Ambrose Tree tries to piece together Martha's life from his uncle William's tainted (or so Ambrose believes) memories and the few fragments of Martha's letters in his uncle possession. Is Martha really a hero of the Revolutionary War and her father a drunken monster. Is Uncle William complicit in a plot to reduce her crippled and deformed father into a scienti [...]

    8. I listened to a nicely read version of this. McGrath is a superb writer, without question, and unlike so many popular scribes these days, can craft impressive sentences. He comes under (and perhaps exemplifies) the contemporary literary gothic genre, and is very much in the tradition of Poe. He brings to his tales an awareness of psychology, as well as a fair amount of irony and a dark wit. This novel demonstrates another side of McGrath, but is still very much in line with his other writings."M [...]

    9. Alcuni scrittori hanno il dono.Potrebbero scrivere di come preparare i pop corn o di come abbiano deciso di tenere la bicicletta in garage piuttosto che in strada Insomma, qualsiasi argomento, storia, idiozia Loro saprebbero renderla magica e ci farebbero perdere nelle loro parole.Credo che sia proprio il caso di Patrick McGrath, che non finisce mai di sorprendermi e di appassionarmi!In particolare, pochi come lui riescono a caratterizzare i personaggi in modo così incisivo e farli 'vivere' Ogn [...]

    10. This was my first Patrick McGrath, and I listed to the Audible book on my way to/from work every morning. I really liked this. Yes, it was a little far-fetched and over the top patriotic (I could hear the fife and drums resounding at the end). But the narrative and the narrator did such a great job of portraying these odd, haunted characters, and pre-Revolution England. I think this is more of a story about how people get caught up, do the wrong thing and ultimately end up paying for it in the e [...]

    11. Personal note: my pregnant brain has impacted my ability to write coherent reviews. In fact, I'm lucky I can string together a sentence - let alone a review. I've sat here, staring at the screen for thirty minutes trying to gather my thoughts; however, the little Bean inside of me is ricocheting off of my insides like a pinball, utterly distracting me and commanding my attention. I loved this book - plain and simple. Which was surprising (given the book's subtitle: "A Novel of the American Revol [...]

    12. I really wanted to like this as I am a big fan of everything I've read by Patrick McGrath so far but I found myself just wanting to get through to end. The narration bugged me and it felt clumsy at times. The story didn't catch my attention and draw me in like he did with Ayslum or Spider. I didn't really engage with or feel anything for the characters which is never a good sign for a novel. They seemed at times to be almost caricatures of the period and not as developed as his previous work whe [...]

    13. The story begins in pre-revolutionary England, moves to the colonies, and ends back in England after the close of the war for American independence. Mr. McGrath’s writing is exquisite, but, for reasons I truly cannot articulate, it struck me that he had taken some interesting concepts and imbued them shock value, somewhat gratuitously. But I could be misguided on this point, so please don’t let it dissuade you. Otherwise, I found the book successful as a period piece, well grounded in locati [...]

    14. The story kept me wanting to get to the next chapter to find out how Martha Peake's story continued. The narrator's premise changed from hearing his aged uncle tell about his role in the heroine's story vs. the narrator imagining what happened in a novel he was writing to capture the facts available and fill in the missing pieces. I read this book quickly as each chapter ended at a critical point and I cared enough about Martha to want to know what happened next. This is my first book by this au [...]

    15. Pues no sé si es que soy una lectora inculta o que, directamente, no soy una buena lectora, de ésos que en la contraportada de esta novela un crítico dice que tanto disfrutarán de ella pero a mí la historia se me ha hecho un poquito pesada o, en todo caso, intrascendente. Ni el trasfondo histórico ni el ambiente gótico han logrado atraparme de la forma adecuada, del mismo modo que tampoco he llegado a simpatizar en demasía con Martha PeakeDe todos modos, me ha gustado (aunque no lo parez [...]

    16. Okay, I'm shelving this one for now I love McGrath's style and his themes, but the unreliable narrator structure of this is driving me nuts. There's a point- I pushed past it, but the fact that it exists still bothers me- there's a point when the narrator doesn't know what happened to the protag for a period of time and so he writes down a story about what he thinks must have happened to her to fill in the gap. In theory this might have worked- maybe- but on the page, especially since we're not [...]

    17. This book ended up better than I thought it was going to. It is called a Gothic mystery, maybe I don't know what those are but it didn't seem overly scary or even that mysterious. But it was interesting to read about the early times of the American Revolution from the English -or at least a couple of English people! There was a lot of jumping back and forth from the story teller's time to Martha Peake's and her father's time but it was done in a clear manner so I wasn't confused like I get somet [...]

    18. Patrick McGrath is usually a terrible writer and a brilliant storyteller; unfortunately in this instance he failed on both accounts. Saying that, there is a case to be made that any author able to write over 300 pages of faux-historical prose punctuated by the appearance of one dimensional, nondescript characters that run the reader through every predictable feature of a book yearning to be convincingly gothic, is impossibly talented. If you thought that was a long sentence try reading the book. [...]

    19. I picked this book up because I think (possibly incorrectly) that when I saw Sarah Waters, one of my most favourite authors, at an event, she mentioned it as an inspiration and favourite.Initially its dark Gothicness defeated me, as too much was dark in my own life at the time, but once things improved I returned to it, and very much enjoyed it - the style of writing, the descriptions, vivid but not overwhelming, and the unusual telling of the stories contained within. Wonderful.

    20. Oddly narrated story of a young girl who has a peculiar relationship with her disabled father and flees to the American colonies to escape his growing violence. She seeks refuge in an anatomist's house, who not-so-secretly desires her father's deformed body for analysis. The narrator doesn't clearly belong in the story & sometimes seems to overreach in his description of Martha's life in New England. He admits that, but it still struck me as odd.

    21. I am just getting my feet wet in the Gothic genre and this was a great start. A captivating narrative is told from the remains of a once grand English mansion. The story told follows the tragic life of Martha Peake and her father Harry. There are many twists and turns that keep the reader engaged. I particularly enjoyed the contrast of life in London with that of life in the new American colonies.

    22. Worst. Book. Ever. Well, pretty close anyway. Who could possibly care about this pathetic, naive girl who was described as a feisty and strong-willed thing but, as written, was naive, weak and in desperate need of Al-anon! (and before you comment, I do realize that Al-anon hadn't yet been developedad the story and you'll understand my meaning)

    23. Patrick McGrath is a brilliant writer, and I found his account of Martha Peake fascinating. True, the story is dark, and at times, downright disturbing. But I was captivated by the author's depiction of events leading up to the American Revolution, and a glimpse of the perspective of this war from that of a British author. This is classic Gothic literature.

    24. The narrator learns the history of Martha Peake. I hated everything about this. The story sucked, the writing almost made me cry (it's not objectively bad, but it's an acquired taste for sure), and the plot's sympathy seemed to be (horrifically) directed at all the wrong characters. In summary, there was nothing about this that I did not hate.

    25. Not what I expected at all part gothic horror, part historical fiction very unique I came off disliking and loving the character of Martha at the same time and wanting to know what happened to her son. Parts of it not entirely believable though and make sense as part of a legend

    26. I was disappointed reading this novel, I think the cover blurb was not at all accurate and misled me as to what to expect. But beyond that I also didn't care for or connect to the characters in this story.

    27. A novel about the American Revolution, but set mostly in an English mansion. It was patriotic & melodramatic with a narrative strategy that was unnecessarily complicated.

    28. The story itself was mediocre, but the book is wonderfully written and I easily got absorbed into the time and place of the revolution.

    29. I have read three of Patrick McGrath's books previously and did not enjoy this as much as at least two of the others but it was an interesting read.Quirky and well-written.

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