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Book Title: Darkness at Pemberley|
The author of the book: T.H. White
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: February 1st 1978
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 575 KB
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Reader ratings: 3.1
ISBN 13: 9780486236131
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to me, right around 3.7
Not to be at all confused with P.D. James' Death Comes to Pemberley, White's novel takes place over a century later than Austen's original and opens with a sort of locked-room puzzle. I have to say that in this case, the words "cracking good yarn" came to mind after I'd finished it; it's definitely not perfect by any means, but it's definitely a good, old-fashioned tale that kept me turning pages.
If you want plot (with no spoilers -- that would just be wrong), you can click here to get to my online reading journal; otherwise read on.
Darkness at Pemberley is anything but a ripoff of Austen's original; it is also a most unusual story. The nature of justice is at its heart, as is the fact that readers are left thinking about exactly what kind of people we're dealing with here as the main players come up with their own plans as to how to set things right. It is a really good study of character and social class of the time, number one; number two, it's just plain good vintage reading.
I've seen several negative reader reviews but I genuinely enjoyed this book -- it's anything but run of the mill or formulaic and while a lot of readers were left cold, I thought there was enough excitement in it to keep it from being anything but boring. It's certainly one I'd recommend to regular readers of vintage British crime. If you're expecting a riff on Pride and Prejudice, as some readers obviously were, the book might seem disappointing; otherwise, going into it with no expectations might just be the way to approach it. It was actually surprisingly good.
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Read information about the authorBorn in Bombay to English parents, Terence Hanbury White was educated at Cambridge and taught for some time at Stowe before deciding to write full-time. White moved to Ireland in 1939 as a conscientious objector to WWII, and lived out his years there. White is best known for his sequence of Arthurian novels, "The Once and Future King", first published together in 1958.
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