Lemprière's Dictionary

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Grove Press, May 1, 2003 - Fiction - 529 pages
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An international best-seller and winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, Lempriere's Dictionary is the debut novel from Lawrence Norfolk, one of England's most innovative, internationally acclaimed young authors. In eighteenth-century London, John Lempriere works feverishly on a celebrated dictionary of classical mythology that bears his name. He discovers a conspiracy against his family dating back 150 years. Told with the narrative drive of a political thriller and a Dickensian panorama of place and time, this astonishing tale encompasses the Great Voyages of Discovery, multinational financial conspiracies, and a motley cast of scholars and eccentrics, drunken aristocrats, whores and assassins, and octogenarian pirates, all brilliantly depicted across three continents and the world of classical mythology.
 

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

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." Read full review

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User Review  - thejohnsmith - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

The Voyage Out
1
Caesarea
15
London
56
Paris
217
Rochelle
421
Settlement
512
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