By Iain Pears
A go back to the shape that introduced Iain Pears onto bestseller lists world wide: an unlimited historic secret, outstanding in its ambition and ingenius in its complexity.
In his such a lot brilliant novel because the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller An example of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears tells the tale of John Stone, financier and hands broker, a guy so filthy rich that during the years sooner than international struggle One he was once in a position to control markets, industries, and certainly complete international locations and continents.
A panoramic novel with a riveting secret at its center, Stone’s Fall is a quest to find how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.
Chronologically, it strikes backwards–from London in 1909 to Paris in 1890, and at last to Venice in 1867– and within the technique the hunt to discover the reality performs out opposed to the backdrop of the evolution of high-stakes foreign finance, Europe’s first nice age of espionage, and the beginning of the 20th century’s palms race.
Like Fingerpost, Stone’s Fall is an intricately plotted and richly pleasing puzzle–an erudite paintings of background and fiction that feels completely precise and oddly timely–and marks the effective go back of 1 of the world’s nice storytellers.
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I'm afraid I will compete—that's what scares me. That's why I quit the Theatre Department. Just because I'm so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else's values, and just because I like applause and people to rave about me, doesn't make it right. I'm ashamed of it. I'm sick of it. I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. " She paused, and suddenly picked up her glass of milk and brought it to her lips. "I knew it," she said, setting it down. "That's something new. My teeth go funny on me.
It's about the only thing I've ever heard you—" "I just quit, that's all," Franny said. "It started embarrassing me. " She reflected. "I don't know. It seemed like such poor taste, sort of, to want to act in the first place. I mean all the ego. And I used to hate myself so, when I was in a play, to be backstage after the play was over. All those egos running around feeling terribly charitable and warm. Kissing everybody and wearing their makeup all over the place, and then trying to be horribly natural and friendly when your friends came backstage to see you.
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