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This meditation on the Victorian novel and sprawling epic tale of a man's quest for his identity follows John as he journeys to the heart of the Quincunx to reveal his elusive past
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An extraordinary modern novel in the Victorian tradition, Charles Palliser has created something extraordinary--a plot within a plot within a plot of family secrets, mysterious clues, low-born birth, high-reaching immorality, and, always, always the fog-enshrouded, enigmatic character of 19th century -- London itself.
"You read the first page and down you wonderfully fall, into a long, large, wide world of fiction."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Charles Palliser was born in the US but has lived in the UK since childhood. For a number of years he lectured in English at the University of Strathclyde but resigned to write full time after the success of The Quincunx. He is the author of four novels
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR001259120
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR001653025
Book Description Canongate Books Ltd, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Damaged book. Please note this is a damaged book. The condition of this book is as stated above, however this book is slightly damaged in some way. Typically a grazed corner or torn cover. Thanks. Seller Inventory # CHL3260509
Book Description Canongate Books Ltd 01/09/1989, 1989. Condition: Good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Seller Inventory # 9053-9780862412210
Book Description Ballantine Books, New York, 1989. Hardbound. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 781 pages. Seller Inventory # 7221
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Book Description Canongate Books Ltd, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dispatched daily from the UK. Seller Inventory # mon0000639538
Book Description Canongate, UK, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. H/B 788 pages, condition is Very good. Street maps as endpapers. Charles Palliser's celebrated novel has already been hailed as a masterpiece. It is a full-bodied 19th century page-turner of novel set in Regency London, thick with characters of all classes, with plots, counterplots and forebodings. Its hero, John Huffam, growing up in the north of England with his mother, learns that he has been born into a chancery suit involving his great-grandfather's estate. He is at the centre of a battle involving five families - the Huffams, the Mompessons, the Clothiers, the Palphramonds and the Maliphants. One faction want John alive, and to purchase a codicil held by his mother, the other factions want him and his mother dead. When John's mother sinks in to a pauper's grave after their escape to London, the boy vows to fight for his rightful inheritance. The plot enters a maze of missing wills, lost heirs, clandestine marriages, more disputed inheritances, kidnappings, abductions, anonymous communications and murders. It is a record of the violent and corrupt London underworld of the period -a world of poverty and fear for many, of fabulous wealth and luxury for the few. 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 onlv of John's identity but of the crime that stained his family with blood on his parents' wedding night and for generations before that. Seller Inventory # 065315
Book Description Canongate, 1990. Hardback With Dust Wrapper. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Wrapper (now protected) has light edge wear. 788 pp. Map endpapers Our price includes a shipping adjustment to allow for an extra heavy book or set. Normal shipping/postage rates will apply. We will not ask you for extra shipping. Seller Inventory # 688344