The characters are well drawn and the story is a good one. The squalid underbelly of the Victorian slums coexist in uneasy partnership with the specious glamour of the privileged, dandified West End, each feeding off the other in an endless circle of vice, exploitation and death. Giles Rookery, fallen women attract the perfumed dandies of the West End into a vicious circle of venality, vanity, and vice. The characters are well drawn and the story is a good one. By combinin What distinguishes The Fiend in Human from the myriad other Victorian thrillers, to the point that it's one of my all-time favorite books? If you're not used to writing done in this style, it can be a bit off-putting, to say the least.
I loved it, and I am thoroughly annoyed that Mr Gray's sequel is not available on Kindle. Is he The Fiend in Human Form? But for the most part you can sit down with a best-seller Challenging At First, But Funny, Interesting And EnjoyableI enjoyed this novel very much though I can see why some readers would be put off by the writing. MachLachlan, in my opinion, despite an award-winning playwright, needs the heavy hand of an editor. Edmund Whitty is a profligate, dissolute freelance journalist who has succumbed to every known Victorian vice save womanizing - snuff, cigarettes, gin, opium, laudanum, and Acker's Chlorodine a potent mixture of opium, marijuana and cocaine in alcohol! Nonetheless, he presents a decent story with well developed characters emblematic of a forgotten age. A womanizer, drunk, drug-user, debtor, etc. For example, his criticism of the ethics of journalists and the vested interest they have in creating news where none necessarily exists is quite apparent. Each seems to possess the opposite traits or experience of the other.
I learned so much more about the Victorian era, particularly the less salubrious aspects, and aspects peculiar to the era e. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. Used - Like New, Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days, Publisher: Century Publishing Co Ltd Date of Publication: 2002 Binding: cloth Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Printing. This is a story that is fascinating as it unfolds, endlessly interesting in the details that occur along the way, and concluded in the most satisfactory of ways, if not the one expected. Ryan denies his guilt, but Owler feels by securing access to the criminal he will extract the man's true confession, beat his competitors to the story and thus make his fortune. Whitty is portrayed in a way that the reader is supposed to feel sympathy for him but that is difficult to do when he is such a jerk and largely the maker of his own troubles, unlike some of the others in the book who were just born into poverty and doing their best to survive. The narrator did an excellent job throughout.
The novel is fattened with excess description, and while written in the third person, the interjections of an omniscient narrator are annoying. He's also articulate, intelligent, intuitive, and despite an exterior of skepticism and degeneracy, a highly moral being. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. There were some problems with the pacing, and some characters seemed interchangeable, but overall it was an entertaining book. Though other readers might not care for the intoxicated, opium-eating under achiever of a protagonist, I thought Edmund Whitty was clever and charming.
They are about to embark on a strange journey through the darkness of Victorian London where truth and fiction are often indistinguishable, a condemned man's life is at stake and savage, copycat murders continue despite his incarceration. Their quest: to get the wrong guy out of prison and put the right one in. Yet another Victorian thriller - I really do seem to like these, don't I? Written in a definitely Victorian mode, it is both a tour of Victorian London and a mystery. Apart from admiring the technical skill on display, I also enjoyed the story itself. Paul Weiss Sehr interessanter, pompöser Schreibstil, an den ich mich erst gewöhnen musste. Overall, a pretty first in series.
If you're not used to writing done in this style, it can be a bit off-putting, to say the least. A womanizer, drunk, drug-user, debtor, etc. By combining the arch floridness of Victorian prose with a present-tense, subtly ironic style, Gray has created a distinctive voice. They all had such flaws and lacked development such that I did not much care what happened to any of them. We are a full time Independent bookseller established in 1999 Hardcover Fine Fine John Maclachlan Gray The Fiend In Human First Editon 29. Since that moment of glory, however, Whitty has been floundering in a sea of gin, opium, wine, and any other substance he can get his hands on.
Chokee Bill incited a garroting panic that paralyzed the business of London—until the arrest of one William Ryan. The book was very dense: dense with misery of the poor of the times, dense with jargon, dense with side plots, dense with bits of 'fascinating trivia', dense with little poems and verses, dense with the author's need to show off his own cleverness, I think. Characters are full and fascinating. That scene made me cringe just thinking about it! While reading The Fiend in Human, I kept expecting Jack t This is a delicious journey through fog-shrouded Victorian London from the idle wealthy to the down-and-outs. So I will just list the reasons I loved it. The pain and wretched difficulties of daily life in a London slum are portrayed in exquisite, graphic detail that might warrant a warning to sensitive viewers were the medium television instead of a novel.
The writing is excellent and at times elaborate, but always spot on with an eye for detail and dry-witted humour. This was definitely written in a Victorian style. Two gentlemen Oxford swells pass wastrel days around gaming, sex and booze. I thought of a journalist friend of mine often when I read familiar sentiments from the editor and correspondent. Period detail and level of research. I had to take breaks in order to take it all in. Written in a definitely Victorian mode, it is both a tour of Victorian London and a mystery.
While reading The Fiend in Human, I kept expecting Jack t This is a delicious journey through fog-shrouded Victorian London from the idle wealthy to the down-and-outs. I learned so much more about the Victorian era, particularly the less salubrious aspects, and aspects peculiar to the era e. The book probably deserves another half star but I found the prose a bit over wrought and pretentious. I know that there is at least one other book in this series, but I also know I have no excitement to look it up or to read it. Despite a slow start I hung on and was rewarded as I halfway through the book suddenly couldn't stop reading. Period detail and level of research. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far.
The narrative is well-worked, and the perspectives are neatly arrayed. The poetry of the writing is so tasty it makes you wish at times that the plot would get out of the way. Further, I never warmed up to the protagonist Edmund Whitty and for the first two thirds of the book, or Hmmm. The story of early journalists on the trail of a murderer could quite easily mirror into todays modern life I found the narration by Patrick Romer very good He sounds like a victorian if you know what I mean! In this story, the buzz on the streets is that a serial killer is roaming the streets of London, strangling his victims with a white gentleman's scarf. Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Lieferung bis zu 14 Arbeitstage dauern kann. And at one point I gave up and started keeping a pocket dictionary near me: to no An historically-set murder mystery.