The Unburied

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  • Title: The Unburied
  • Author: Charles Palliser
  • ISBN: 9780374280352
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover

[PDF] Read ☆ The Unburied : by Charles Palliser, The Unburied, Charles Palliser, The Unburied A riveting historical murder mystery by the bestselling author of The Quincunx There are three separate tales interwoven in this novel three tales that could be called ghost stories for their mysteries can never be resolved the victims and the perpetrators never laid to rest Dr Courtine an unworldly academic is invited to spend the days before Christmas with an old frA riveting hi

The Unburied

[PDF] Read ☆ The Unburied : by Charles Palliser [PDF] Read ☆ The Unburied : by Charles Palliser - The Unburied, The Unburied A riveting historical murder mystery by the bestselling author of The Quincunx There are three separate tales interwoven in this novel three tales that could be called ghost stories for their mysteri The Unburied

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  1. The strongest thing this book has going for it is its powerful sense of tone Are you an Anglophile, particularly drawn to academic politics and social courtesies at Oxbridge in the late nineteenth century Are you interested in the Gothic architecture of cathedrals, Anglican arguments over latitudinarianism, and the writing of medieval English history If you answered yes to these questions, and you are a fan of both Christmas ghost stories set in the Victorian period and labyrinthine mysteries, y [...]


  2. The title of this book may suggest a horror story complete with zombies and vampires, but The Unburied is actually a scholarly murder mystery which reminded me of The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco or An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears I wanted to read it because a few years ago I read another Charles Palliser book, The Quincunx, which I really enjoyed Like The Quincunx, this one is set mostly in Victorian England It begins with a mock Editor s Foreword in which we are told that we are [...]


  3. A big, fat murder mystery It is a perfectly pitched pastiche of Victorian Gothic compulsive reading That s what it said on the back cover, quoting the London Evening Standard, and I have to agree.At the heart of the book is The Courtine Account, a document written in 1882 and put away to be opened only after the deaths of certain of those mentioned in its pages.The Courtine Account was finally unsealed in 1919.It was written by Doctor Edward Courtine, a historian, a distinguished academic but a [...]


  4. Where Palliser s novel The Quincunx was reminiscent of a sprawling Dickens saga, here s a shorter but still pretty long novel that s in the style of Dickens s friend and frequent colleague Wilkie Collins although I note that in the interview at the back of this edition Palliser tries to shrug off that comparison.It s the late 19th century Fiftyish Cambridge history don Edward Courtine arrives in the cathedral city of Thurchester to spend a few pre Christmas days with an old student friend, Aust [...]



  5. I think it must be a keystone of the genre of Victorian fiction for it to be slow moving Despite the snail s pacing, it is an interesting and well written novel My biggest issue with it lies with its rather annoyingly repetitive style the same three stories are retold over and over again, each time with a new possible solution, but with none of the set up presented any differently So, while it is interesting overall, it is just not terribly engrossing It s too easy to put the book aside, and it [...]


  6. I ll begin by saying I really, really, really wanted to like this book Perhaps that s the reason I find myself still giving it three stars instead of two I love novels with twisty plots set in dark, Gothic places I find modern interpretations of the genre spun by Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens some of my favorite fiction i.e The Meaning of Night , awesome novel However, while this novel did have the requisite setting and is well written, the plot is anything but twisty We find most of the bu [...]


  7. It took me three goes to get through this opus Don t know why I kept plowing through to the 399th page Perhaps it was the dust jacket s enthusiastic description brilliantly writtengenious and atmospheric Or perhaps it s because I m very interested in 1880 s England In any case, I found several serious flaws in this novel 1 the narrators and the other characters speak with the same voice, style 2 some of the characters have modern attitudes that seem jarring set in this time and location 3 the no [...]


  8. Unburied Unfinished First of all, let it be known that I adore a sprawling good read I love Dickens and Wilkie Collins, with their deep complex plots and characters Palliser s books however, including this one, just fall flat for me.I finally trudged my way through to the middle of this book, and I won t be finishing it I m neither interested in the characters, the plot, the mystery or anything else this book has offered thus far, and I have no desire to find out the remainder.I read Palliser s [...]


  9. I really hate when I don t hit SAVE before leaving my Review.Whatever Victorian style ghost story, murder mystery, angry old friends, Alfred the Great, Christmas.It didn t light my fire, eventually I ll read The Quincunx but I m not in a big hurry now, etc etc My previous review made comparisons to Umberto Eco and Arthur Conan Doyle, and also Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, but it all felt too forced and Look at me and it was a bit of a turn off.And some other stuff Whatever.


  10. 19th century academic intrigue Cathedral intrigues in the 12th, 16th, and 19th centuries, all mysteriously connected Inheritance intrigue Sexual intrigue Possibly gullible Oxbridge professor with unclear allegiances and possibly devious Cathedral school professors, all fulminating like mad Oh, it s a scholarly mystery to beat the band Worth the effort, if frustratingly detailed in fussy academic ways at times Reminiscent of A S Byatt s Possession or Eco s The Name of the Rose.


  11. Our intrepid, if somewhat unreliable, narrator goes to visit an old school friend right before Christmas, 1881 He ends up solving not one, not two, but three murders, although none of them in a timely enough fashion to be of much use The atmosphere in and around the cathedral in the fictitious town of Thurchester is wonderful My only quibble is that the story is sometimes a little slow, especially in the denouement Still, I highly recommend this book for fans of late Victorian mysteries.


  12. The title of this book may suggest a horror story complete with zombies and vampires, but The Unburied is actually a scholarly murder mystery which reminded me of The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco or An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears I wanted to read it because a few years ago I read another Charles Palliser book, The Quincunx, which I really enjoyed Like The Quincunx, this one is set mostly in Victorian England It begins with a mock Editor s Foreword in which we are told that we are [...]


  13. Does The Unburied really deserve five stars I m not sure, but for me this was a case of the right book at the right time , the novel I really needed I received it in the run up to Christmas, just as I was starting to tune in to carol broadcasts and to get out my choral CDs, whilst secretly wishing that my Mediterranean December would turn a tad foggier, colder and, generally, Northern And here was this atmospheric Gothic novel, set in a late 19th century English cathedral city in the days befor [...]


  14. This is the second historical murder mystery I ve read in as many weeks, the previous one being Dissolution by C.J Sansom This one, however, is far complex Dissolution is set in the sixteenth century and stays there, and though there are lots of deaths, they all take place in the 1530s The Unburied is set in the nineteenth century, in the fictitious English cathedral city of Thurchester, but as the primary narrator, Dr Edward Courtine, is a historian, it harks back to several mysterious, or at [...]


  15. This book is a mystery within a mystery within a mystery all the mysteries parallel other mysteries or one another Not as great as The Quincunx, tho it s an ingenious concept This one is a little TOO arcane definitely requires the reader to take notes, especially in the beginning when you don t realize what s important what s not, as Palliser leads you down multiple wrong pathways None of the characters in this book is attractive, so as you are reading you re sort of wishing for them to either d [...]


  16. Wow What a gripping read This murder mystery is not full of paranormal frights but is rather a very cerebral, immersive journey to the sleepy town of Thurchester where secrets and old grudges can turn fatal I loved how the author adeptly took us deep into the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of academia and the narrator is a very likeable fellow who has had a pretty bad time of it in his personal life There are many characters, quite a number of intricate storylines to pay close attention to, a [...]


  17. This seems like a cleverly written novel So far, the characters seem right out of Poe This is a very difficult read It involves many sub plots and presupposes knowledge of Alfred the Great For example, one character discusses the myth of the burning dinner Alfred, deep in thought about a battle, doesn t notice the dinner is buring I had to go to wiki for that one Try it, give it about 100 pages and decide for yourself.


  18. They need a gave up on option I love Palliser s twisty, dark works but this one just sagged and dragged for me I can t figure out why we re supposed to care about the central mystery, and I m not even entirely sure what the central mystery is, but the endless academic discussions about arcane historical matters just wore me out I put it down after about 100 pages There might be a good book in there, but life is too short sometimes.


  19. Great writer, but a snooze, because I m an ignoramus You might like it, as it is historically accurate, especially in regards to social relations that so many writers seem to assume are the same as the modern world It s a murder mystery, but there are no cliff hangers here, just a slow plod through a richly detailed landscape.


  20. This book came with very high praise from many critics and I was ready to settle into a good old fashioned ghost story I had some trouble in the first few chapters getting into the story, but it didn t take long for the multiple stories to grab my attention I didn t want to put it down Not all that much of a ghost story though But, a very, very good mystery, or two.


  21. No doubt it is a brilliant work by the author Full of politics, intrigue, mystery and of course, history But still while providing answers to the 200 or so years old multiple murder death mystery, conclusively, the leaving of questions of why, how and about the current time murder of Mr Stonex unanswered doesn t make readers happy, at least this oneLOL



  22. Another excellent pseudo Victorian from Palliser However, again I had trouble keeping characters and relationships and title straight Note to self next time, start taking notes on page one.


  23. Difficulties at home sent me to bed earlier those last days and I passed the time reading I was not able to read an essay or something too difficult but I needed something that would be an escape read I had started The Unburied before the fits and it was perfect for this time.It was a re read Of course.But I remembered the outlines and most of the denouement except two or three details What I had forgotten was the complexity of the structure The Unburied is a re writing I do not like the word pa [...]


  24. I wasn t impressed with this book at all I found it confusing uninteresting I never connected with any of the characters found them insipid That is once I sorted through the several whose names all started withe the same letters each one less pronounceable than the one before I found the plot convoluted uninspiring unengaging I only read this as it was recommended as a choice because right before this I d read The Meaning of Night I thought this would be of the same caliber It wasn t even in the [...]


  25. This Book is weird, but I loved it a lot It has 3 Mysteries that are read simultaneously, 2 from the past and 1 in the present Late 18oos So it may appear confusing at times with so many characters introduced and a lot going on But you have to stick through it and give the narration a little time so that it builds up nicely and flows effortlessly Match Your Reading Frequency with the book Once that is done just enjoy the ride The trick executed by Palliser is the unravelling of all the mysteries [...]


  26. Ugh I wanted to love this book historical mystery, flawed but true protagonist, quirky characters I even put it aside twice and started again from the beginning to realllllly give it the attention I thought it deserved The story is just so convoluted, and there are so many characters who are, at times, called by three or four different names that I just could keep up or stay hooked into the plot Sadly, wanting to love it might have led me to extra disappointment, so I m going 3 stars over 2.


  27. This is set in late Victorian England centred on a cathedral and a rather na ve historian investigating Alfred the Great s Britain and a series of deaths from the English Civil War at the same time embroiled in a contemporary killing as an unwitting alibi It has well developed, if unappealing lead characters and is a stylishly written, rather Gothic pastiche although it s rather slow at times with a plethora of people of whom to keep track.


  28. While investigating a 9th century murder, a 19th century professor becomes embroiled in a 17th century murder mystery and a witness to a murder in his own times This is a Dickensian tale that despite its various plotlines kept me interested to the last page.


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