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Lempriere's Dictionary (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1991; vuoden 1991 painos)

– tekijä: Lawrence Norfolk

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"It is eighteenth century London and John Lempriere, a young scholar, is writing a dictionary of classical mythology in an attempt to exorcise the demons raised by his father's bizarre and violent death. While tending to his father's business affairs, Lempriere discovers a 150-year-old conspiracy that has kept his family from its share of the fabulously wealthy East India Company, Bust as John begins to untangle the years of mystery and deceit, people begin to die, in ways that mirror the very myths he is researching..."… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:slowloris
Teoksen nimi:Lempriere's Dictionary
Kirjailijat:Lawrence Norfolk
Info:Harmony (1991), Paperback, 422 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):
Avainsanoja:English Language-Grammar and Usage

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Kabaalin kulta (tekijä: Lawrence Norfolk (Author)) (1991)

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    An Instance of the Fingerpost (tekijä: Iain Pears) (Anonyymi käyttäjä)
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    Ex-Libris (tekijä: Ross King) (P_S_Patrick)
    P_S_Patrick: The common themes between these books include long voyages on ships, the historical disputes between England and Europe, books, intrigue, spying, and conspiracy. So, if you enjoy one, you should enjoy the other. But, what Ex Libris does, Lempriere's Dictionary does better, there is more intrigue, bigger and better conspiracies, a better plot, and overall it is better written. Ex Libris is shorter, and easier going due to its not being as dense, it also focuses more on books, and is set a bit earlier, so may appeal more to some people for these reasons, for example if you struggled with Lempriere's Dictionary.… (lisätietoja)
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    Foucaultin heiluri (tekijä: Umberto Eco) (P_S_Patrick)
    P_S_Patrick: These two books have a fair bit in common. Both are dense, demanding, historical, and are thick with intrigue, conspiracy, and foul play. Thrilling stuff.
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    Mikä verissä on (tekijä: Robertson Davies) (KayCliff)
    KayCliff: Both books are cited by Michael Dirda as examples of antiquarian romances.
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    The Love of Stones (tekijä: Tobias Hill) (KayCliff)
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    The magus (tekijä: John Fowles) (KayCliff)
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    Lempriere's Classical Dictionary of Proper Names Mentioned in Ancient Authors Writ Large: With a Chronological Table (tekijä: John Lempriere) (KayCliff)
    KayCliff: Lempriere's Dictionary by Lawrence Norfolk concerns the writing of Lempriere's Classical Dictionary of Proper Names Mentioned in Ancient Authors Writ Large by John Lempriere.
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Nonsense and very long nonsense at that. Set in the 18th century between London and Paris, the book links the East India Company, the French Revolution and Lempriere's Classical Dictionary. However the author has developed a style which values words over meaning and erudition over storyline. Try throwing in to the mix the fact that some of the central characters are autonoma while others can fly. There are so many other books that your time would be better spent elsewhere. ( )
  shushokan | Aug 3, 2020 |
I closed the book after 200 pages. It was more than enough. ( )
  le.vert.galant | Nov 19, 2019 |
An extraordinary book in every sense - this one is a challenge both to read and to review. To start, how should we categorise it? It mixes so many genres - historical fiction, fantasy, classical allusions, grand conspiracy thriller, parody and even romance - a real postmodern mash-up.

I first heard of Norfolk several years ago when I read A.S. Byatt's book of literary criticism On Histories and Stories, in which she extolled him as one of the cleverest young writers around. This is probably the book she had most in mind, though The Pope's Rhinoceros is equally complex and ambitious.

Some of the pivotal events are real enough, the story of the East India Company, the siege of La Rochelle and the build-up to the French revolution, but the conceit of Norfolk's story is so outrageous that it can only be seen as a sort of self-parody. The two books it reminded me most of, for very different reasons, were Gravity's Rainbow and The Count of Monte Cristo.

The hero (or at least the pivotal character) is John Lemprière, a young scholar from Jersey whose primary interest is studying Greek and Roman classics. His story is interleaved with a grand conspiracy - in Norfolk's version of history the East India Company is almost ruined when its first expedition in 1600 comes back with a cargo of pepper which is worthless in London because the Dutch have flooded the market, and its investors are rescued by a shadowy "cabbala" of traders from the Huguenot free port of La Rochelle who are unable to trade with the East directly. Most of the action takes place in the 1780s, when their descendants draw Lemprière into their intrigues by staging reenactments of scenes from the classics, the first of which involves the grisly murder of his father by fox-hounds. They also persuade him to start writing a dictionary of classical mythology (this is also something real, as are some of Lemprière's biographical details).

The plot gets more and more complex, and veers further into the realms of fantasy, but Norfolk clearly loves the classics and has a fine command of arcane language. For all that, much of the book is quite readable and the storytelling is compulsive. ( )
1 ääni bodachliath | Sep 14, 2018 |
I had to slog my way through this, but found it well worth the effort. A bit of Fowles' _A Maggot_ and a bit of Pears' _An Instance of the Fingerpost_, and plus some great spurts of just dreamlike meandering. "Really dreamy." ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Hard work but worth the effort - this story, at first glance, revolves around John Lempriere writing his dictionary but the plot is more to do with a Cabala of entrepreneurs, their involvement in the start-up of the East India company and their total failure as decent human beings. Part historical fiction, part steam-punk and part pure fantasy its a book worth reading but not for those who don't enjoy a challenge. ( )
  thejohnsmith | Oct 15, 2013 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 16) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
"It's hard to deny the scope of Norfolk's intellect and his ability to marshall a huge wealth of material into one deftly crafted whole."
 
Early in Lempriere's Dictionary the hero's father searches for evidence of a phantom ship, and in so doing describes the defining moment of the antiquarian romance. "Somewhere in the morass of receipts, bills, bonds, affidavits and orders of acquisition which lay strewn about the room, there was a pattern. Somewhere within the pages of handwritten accounts, diaries, letters and notes ran a thread. But he could not find it. A single memorandum, a scrawl on a dog-eared endpaper might supply the link, the key to the pattern. It was here, buried here somewhere. Perhaps he had already seen it and missed its significance." Only the predestined hero, typically a studious sort, can find the thread, read correctly the signs and portents of these adult fairy tales.

"Myriad wonders and pleasures abound in Lempriere's Dictionary. Not too surprisingly, Zygia, the last entry in Lempriere's actual classical dictionary, provides just the right hint to the ending of Lawrence Norfolk's superbly entertaining novel."
 
"While his scheme misfires, he is a writer of talent who may yet write a better novel."
lisäsi bookfitz | muokkaaPublishers Weekly (Aug 31, 1992)
 
"Wildly and wonderfully improbable, reveling in the countless allusions that feed its dark vision: a delight for classicists, historians, and any reader eager to be overwhelmed by a story. An exceptional achievement."
lisäsi bookfitz | muokkaaKirkus Reviews (Jun 15, 1992)
 

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Somewhere in the morass of receipts, bills, bonds, affidavits and orders of acquisition which lay strewn about the room, there was a pattern. Somewhere within the pages of handwritten accounts, diaries, letters and notes ran a thread. But he could not find it. A single memorandum, a scrawl on a dog-eared endpaper might supply the link, the key to the pattern. It was here, buried here somewhere. Perhaps he had already seen it and missed its significance.
What began as a simple list of persons, places and events had grown strangely, with odd nodules and tendrils sprouting in all directions and linking up with each other to form loops and lattices, the whole thing wriggling under his nib like a mess of worms on a pin.... The dictionary had become its own beast ...Reappearances by major and minor characters folded the story back on itself, places recurred, accruing and expending significance, events paralleled one another. It was a serpentine thing, hardly a list at all.
What began as a simple list of persons, places and events had grown strangely, with odd nodules and tendrils sprouting in all directions and linking up with each other to form loops and lattices, the whole thing wriggling under his nib like a mess of worms on a pin.
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