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  1. says:

    Well all you Iain Pears fans can relax he's written a terrific book again I say this as an Iain Pears fan who had to throw The Dream of Scipio against the wall with great forceAs in An Instance of the Fingerpost Pears uses multiple narrators to tell the story of financier John Stone's death after a fall out a window The multiple narrators in turn narrate stories taking place in different eras each illuminating the mystery at the heart of

  2. says:

    The central uestion in Stone’s Fall is fairly simple How and why did the powerful and extremely wealthy industrialist John Stone fall to his death from an opened window of his London home?To find the answer to that uestion the intriguing but rather slow moving story is told by three different narrators in three separate

  3. says:

    This is a very long novel I'd guess nearly 300000 words and as the official blurb says it is ingenious and intricately plotted But I think it could have been just as ingenious and intricate at about half the length I was hoping it would be as good as An Instance of the Fingerpost but I was disappointed Like that one it i

  4. says:

    A uite decent historical thriller with lots of twists and turns plot devices galore red herrings political machinations high finances boys own spying adventures romance betrayal industrial espionage the entente cordiale naval warfare anarchism and the evil that people do It is well written and researched and works backwards; from a funeral in the 1950s to London in 1909 Paris in 1890 and finally Venice in 1867 The start

  5. says:

    This novel got steadily better as I read it it's shaped like a Klein bottle The first section which takes place in London in 1910 is worth three stars A journalist is hired by a mysterious wealthy widow to help resolve the will of her husband John Stone who died by falling out a window The will gives a beuest to an unnamed child of Stone's

  6. says:

    Solid four star read Really and trulyI hesitate to use the word Dickensian because I was never a Dickens fan but that's the word that comes to mind for me and I do mean it in a positive way A long twisty narrative full of larger than life characters who are intertwined in all sorts of unexpected ways I can only compare

  7. says:

    Goddammit this is twice now that Iain Pears has done this to me I get maybe a uarter to a third of the way into hi

  8. says:

    45 stars I really enjoyed this book my first by Iain Pears I love his humor and that he writes with depth Don't plan to fly through this one It takes patience and I found myself having to reread parts or just wanting to reread to get a better flavor for the story or to laugh again at a funny line I love the way the auth

  9. says:

    The central uestion is simple How and why did the wealthy and powerful industrialist John Stone come to fall to his death from the window of his London home? The answer is anything butFirst there is a prologue set in Paris in 1953 Two men meet after a funeral It is short and simple but it sets the tone beautifully and provides a firm basis that will hold together what is to comeAnd then the story travels bac

  10. says:

    This book was really hard for me to stick with It's told in a way that is mostly back story and I found myself thinking can

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Stone's Fall

At his London home John Stone falls out of a window to his death A financier and arms dealer Stone was a man so wealthy that he was able to manipulate markets industries and indeed entire countries and continents Did he jump was he pushed or was it merely a tragic accide. Well all you Iain Pears fans can relax he s written a terrific book again I say this as an Iain Pears fan who had to throw The Dream of Scipio against the wall with great forceAs in An Instance of the Fingerpost Pears uses multiple narrators to tell the story of financier John Stone s death after a fall out a window The multiple narrators in turn narrate stories taking place in different eras each illuminating the mystery at the heart of it all who killed John Stone and why The story begins in 1953 Paris continues in 1909 London goes back to Paris this time in 1890 continues in 1867 Venice and finally takes us back to London 1909 Yes I know sounds like a big mess even so when you take into account that fact that one long section of the book has a a ripped from the headlines feel to it think Global Financial Crisis But Pears pulls it off beautifully with as sure a narrative hand as I ve ever seen just when you re worried that he s finally written a check he can t cash damned if he doesn t go and cash it although sometimes you have to wait around 500 pages to figure out how And unlike many writers of this genre Pears can flat out write He s not a flashy stylist but not a single sentence descends to the banal And to make matters even better Pears takes the time to write characters who are well rounded and real even in a book where a lesser writer would have decided that symbols and shorthand would suffice are you listening Caleb Carr No I don t suppose you are actually Never mind The book does suffer somewhat from the same malady that afflicts many books with multiple narrators namely the voice doesn t change all that much from narrator to narrator compare this book for example with David Mitchell s tour de force in Cloud Atlas which you d swear was written by six different peopleBut that s really a uibble as Pears has written an absolutely ripping yarn Although readers clever than I might be able to figure out the Big Reveal early on they ll have so much fun following the characters and back and forth from one city and era to the next and back again and they ll be so involved with unraveling this intricately layered story that they probably won t care too muchGo read this

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Nt His alluring and enigmatic widow hires a young crime reporter to investigate The story moves backward in time from London in 1909 to Paris in 1890 and finally to Venice in 1867 and the attempts to uncover the truth play out against the backdrop of the evolution of hig. This novel got steadily better as I read it it s shaped like a Klein bottle The first section which takes place in London in 1910 is worth three stars A journalist is hired by a mysterious wealthy widow to help resolve the will of her husband John Stone who died by falling out a window The will gives a beuest to an unnamed child of Stone s who must be found before the estate can be settled The view into Stone s business empire he owned numerous companies involved in the manufacture of arms and ships is interesting but the journalist character is a bit thinThe second section picked up considerably for a fourth star Here we move backwards in time to Paris in the 1890s and another young man who works as a kind of freelance proto spy for Britain More is revealed about Stone and his widow and the protagonist of this section is much strongerThe third section is a wonderfully odd story about an Englishman in Venice in the 1860s Of course it does not do to give too much away about the end of the book But this section is as strong as the second and concludes with an avalanche of stunning plot surprises They may be a bit contrived but I was willing to play alongThere s a lot going on here but it all pays off and this the the kind of book that makes you want to flip right back to the beginning to rediscover all the hints planted earlier in the book

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H stakes international finance Europe’s first great age of espionage and the start of the twentieth century’s arms race Stone’s Fall is a tale of love and frailty as much as it is of high finance and skulduggery The mixture then as now is an often fatal combinati. Goddammit this is twice now that Iain Pears has done this to me I get maybe a uarter to a third of the way into his book and start thinking This is ok but I m starting to lose interest I m not sure if I want to read much of this story But then it turns out the story isn t what you think it is And it isn t just some cheap twist either but that the characters just like the reader simply don t have the total picture and make assumptions mistakes interpretations that the next section of the book then proceeds to dismantle all while managing to tell one overarching story He also pulls off these direction changes without rendering previous sections irrelevant exactly the opposite in fact It s like each part of the book is like a puzzle that you piece together and then when you finish it turns out the completed puzzle is just in itself one piece of a larger puzzle And by the end he even manages to tie it all back into the original seemingly long abandoned premise of the plot itself in a totally unexpected and devastating wayThe basic setup seems simple enough London 1909 and a wealthy industrialist called John Stone all but unknown to the public but a legend in the world of finance seemingly trips and falls to his death His sizeable estate cannot be settled until an unexpected part of his will is satisfied that Stone s previously unknown long lost child is found and given a substantial chunk of change So Stone s executors hire an investigative reporter to accomplish this task and the intrepid hero sets off to uncover the secrets of John Stone s life This summary barely scratches the surface though and really doesn t give the book anywhere near the credit it deserves There s early 20th century geopolitics espionage sabotage a love story spooky mysticism assassination plots and as an icing on the cake a fairly vicious critiue of unchecked capitalism

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  • 576
  • Stone's Fall
  • Iain Pears
  • English
  • 24 March 2018
  • 9780385530248

About the Author: Iain Pears

Iain Pears is an English art historian novelist and journalist He was educated at Warwick School Warwick Wadham College and Wolfson College Oxford Before writing he worked as a reporter for the BBC Channel 4 UK and ZDF Germany and correspondent for Reuters from 1982 to 1990 in Italy France UK and US In 1987 he became a Getty Fellow in the Arts and Humanities at Yale University His