The Meaning of Night: A Confession

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 17, 2007 - Fiction - 720 pages
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The atmosphere of Bleak House, the sensuous thrill of Perfume, and the mystery of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell all combine in a story of murder, deceit, love, and revenge in Victorian England.

"After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the "enthralling" (Booklist, starred review) and "ingenious" (Boston Globe) story of Edward Glyver, booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness. A chance discovery convinces him that he was right: greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

Glyver's path to reclaim his prize leads him from the depths of Victorian London, with its foggy streets, brothels, and opium dens, to Evenwood, one of England's most beautiful and enchanting country houses, and finally to a consuming love for the beautiful but enigmatic Emily Carteret. His is a story of betrayal and treachery, of death and delusion, of ruthless obsession and ambition. And at every turn, driving Glyver irresistibly onward, is his deadly rival: the poet-criminal Phoebus Rainsford Daunt.

The Meaning of Night is an enthralling novel that will captivate readers right up to its final thrilling revelation.

 

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Didn't like this as much as I hoped I would, but it was worth the read... I can't disagree with the numerous reviews that mention it could have been a hundred or two pages shorter and not lost ... Read full review

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This apparently took 30 years to write & it took me over 7 weeks to read. Those that know the rate & voracity that I read will understand what that says about this book. I'm not even sure why I ... Read full review

Contents

Editors Preface
11
Part the Second
103
18491853
223
Part the Third
283
Part the Fourth
405
Part the Fifth
503
Post Scriptum
685
Acknowledgements
699
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Michael Cox (1948-2009) was the biographer of the ghost-story writer and scholar M. R. James. His first novel, The Meaning of Night, was shortlisted for the 2007 Costa First Novel Award.

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