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The Last Dickens By Matthew Pearl The Last Dickens In his most enthralling novel yet the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history s greatest mysteries The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and tur
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  • Author: Matthew Pearl
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  • The Last Dickens By Matthew Pearl In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history s greatest mysteries The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the bestsellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.Boston, 1870 When news of Charles DicIn his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history s greatest mysteries The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the bestsellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.Boston, 1870 When news of Charles Dickens s untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields Osgood, partner James Osgood sends his trusted clerk Daniel Sand to await the arrival of Dickens s unfinished novel But when Daniel s body is discovered by the docks and the manuscript is nowhere to be found, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that he hopes will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel s killer.Danger and intrigue abound on the journey to England, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, Daniel s older sister, to assist him As they attempt to uncover Dickens s final mystery, Osgood and Rebecca find themselves racing the clock through a dangerous web of literary lions and drug dealers, sadistic thugs and blue bloods, and competing members of Dickens s inner circle They soon realize that understanding Dickens s lost ending is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind.From the Hardcover edition.
    The Last Dickens By Matthew Pearl The Last Dickens A Novel Charles Dickens last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, never finished due to Dickens untimely death and gives us a what if suspense novel which, I guarantee, you won t want to put down until The Last Dickens The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl The Last Dickens is a novel by Matthew Pearl published in The first problem I had with the book was with that year I don t often read books from years beginning with the number , and when I The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl About The Last Dickens Boston, When news of Charles Dickens s sudden death reaches his struggling American publisher, James Osgood sends his trusted clerk, Daniel Sand, to await the
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    1. Matthew Pearl

      Matthew Pearl is the author of the novels The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, The Last Dickens, The Technologists, and The Last Bookaneer His books have been New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers translated into than 30 languages His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and Slate He has been heard on shows including NPR s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition Sunday, and his books have been featured on Good Morning America and CBS Sunday Morning Matthew Pearl grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School He has also taught literature and creative writing at Harvard University and Emerson College, and has been a Visiting Lecturer in law and literature at Harvard Law School He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.In addition to , you can follow Matthew at Twitter twitter matthewpearl , Facebook facebook pages Matthew , Red Room redroom author matthew , LibraryThing librarything profile m , Shelfari shelfari o1517919240 and Myspace myspace quentinclark.

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    1. 3.5 Looking around, it seemed every character from every Dickens novel, aristocrat and common, pompous and inconspicuous, had come to life The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl is an entertaining novel and a treat for Dickens fanatics such as myself As much as I enjoyed myself, however, I think that I would have appreciated the book if I hadn t already read and reread and loved The D Case or The Truth About The Mystery Of Edwin Drood by Fruttero and Lucentini The aims of these two works are not exa [...]


    2. The first Matthew Pearl novel I read was THE POE SHADOW, which was a fascinating concept allowing the reader to experience such a famous and mysterious writer as a real person I felt that the idea was not equaled by the execution in that book I thought I would try one time, however, so I just finished reading THE LAST DICKENS, obviously a novel featuring Charles Dickens Once again, the concept was great In both cases the author based his characters and events on true stories and remembrances Wh [...]


    3. The Dante Club was marvelous The Poe Shadow was astounding Now, Pearl tackles my favorite author It has to be a blockbuster I finished this book Mr Pearl has done it again I thought nothing could top his novel on Poe, but I was wrong run to read this book


    4. I wanted to like this novel, really I did I love Dickens s novels and pretty much anything to do with Dickens, and I have an especial soft spot for Drood But Pearl s novel left me cold I kept trying to get involved in the plot s nefarious twists and turns, and to appreciate his trademark authorial touches, including the subtle nod at recent Dickens scholars with a postcolonial lens but the novel kept rejecting my attempts at affection It begins with a premise familiar to anyone who has read The [...]


    5. On June 9, 1870, Charles Dickens died suddenly at his home He was only 58 At the time of his death, he was hard at work at a novel called The Mystery of Edwin Drood, but he d only finished half the novel This book follows his American publisher, James R Osgood, who believed the last half of Drood had been written before Dickens s death, and the race to find it before unsavory characters got their hands on the manuscript The synopsis of the book makes it sound right up my alley a mystery about a [...]


    6. As historical novels go I think this one was particularly fascinating in how intricately the events of the story s fictional characters are interwoven with the actual historical events of Dickens life James Ripley Osgood, the junior partner in the American publishing firm representing Charles Dickens, sets out in pursuit of clues to the conclusion of Dickens final novel which was left only half finished at the time of his death The completion of the novel is of great import to his American publi [...]


    7. Recipe for a historical mystery 1 Find an unsolved mystery from a past time period 2 Think up a plausible solution for the mystery, then take some historical characters and have them discover the truth 3 Come up with a plausible explanation for why, if these people solved the mystery, it remains unsolved to this day.Recipe for a historical literary mystery repeat the steps above, shake vigorously, and add a dead writer of your choice Missing manuscripts and unfinished novels are a bonus Serve co [...]


    8. Pearl, Matthew THE LAST DICKENS 2009 Pearl manages to provide us with an intelligent but rip roaring adventure at the same time mystery story surrounding Charles Dickens last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood The plot involves the American publishing house of Fields Osgood, formerly Ticknor Fields, the only authorized publishing house in America for Dickens novels These were the days of no international copyright laws, and English books were most often pirated by American publishers with no comp [...]


    9. August 1.5 I really didn t like this book at all It was, IMO, a convoluted mess There were parts that were pointless, parts that made no sense,and the ending huh I still am not sure I get the whys and wherefores of the mystery I m not a mystery reader as a general rule, but still it was really confusing as to what exactly the bad guys wanted, why they did what they did The entire parts that took place in India were poitless as was most of the storyline w Dickens still alive I found most of it pa [...]


    10. In a way, every piece of fiction is a mystery How is it going to turn out What will happen to the characters If the reader doesn t care, then the author hasn t succeeded in writing a good book The author must create a degree of eagerness and anxiety in the reader to keep him or her turning the pages The anxiety in The Last Dickens is ideal for the bibliophile what happens when we lose the voices that tell us what happens next It s June 1870, and Charles Dickens suffers a stroke midway through hi [...]


    11. The works of Charles Dickens have stood the test of time since the 19th century, including his final, unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Published as a serial, TMoED kept adoring readers eagerly awaiting the next installment Yet, when Dickens perished from a stroke midway through the novel, the world was aghast at losing its most popular author, the public left frantically yearning to know the author s intentions Was Edwin Drood murdered and if so, who was the killer Was it Edwin s unc [...]


    12. A friend pressed this book into my hands as we headed out his door on the way to a week at the beach, and I loved it Pearl imagines what Dickens intent for the unfinished Mystery of Edwin Drood might have been, and how one intrepid American publisher, a historical figure, might have gone about discovering it Filled with wit and imagination, playful language, Dickensian characters and Victorian drama, set in Boston, London, and elsewhere Not the same Dickens as in the recent movie, The Man Who In [...]


    13. From beginning to end, The Last Dickens, by Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow, remains an idea with great potential that suffers in the execution I found the structure of the story, which shifts from the story s present in which Dickens has just died to a recent past in which he is touring America for the last time, difficult to follow and what is the India thing with Dickens s son doing popping in and out of the narrative The book has lots of very promising elements I l [...]


    14. Reason for Reading I m always interested in Victorian historical fiction plus I ve read two other books this year that concerned Charles Dickens Drood by Dan Simmons and Wanting by Richard Flanagan Therefore I thought why not add a third to the mix especially since this concentrated on Dickens last novel as did Drood Comments Dickens has just died leaving his last book The Mystery of Edwin Drood only half finished But one of the partners of his American publishing house James Osgood is certain h [...]


    15. Interesante y emocionante, los personajes perfectamente definidos y el misterio no te deja soltar el libro Aparte de ser un thriller bien escrito, es un bello homenaje a Charles Dickens.Lo nico que le sobra creo es la historia de la india, todo lo dem s perfecto.


    16. Pearl packs so much in one of his novels tons of research, several plot lines and tons of description The only complaint I have with his novels is probably one of age when I pick up the book after a day away, I forget who was who, or where they were, or what decade it is It s easily remedied by re reading a page or 2, but it s always good to read one of his books in as few sittings as possible I haven t read much Dickens I have another historical novel Girl in a Blue Dress in my TBR list but no [...]


    17. The Last Dickens engulfs readers and transports us to times and methods gone by in the writing and publishing world and the rather seedy opium business Who knew that there were Bookaneers scrappy people who stop at nothing to access unpublished works by various authors and such vengeful publishers about Today of course there are bidding wars between publishing houses for someone s memoir or novel but it is not the pirate like business in which author Matthew Pearl describes in The Last Dickens T [...]


    18. Pearl plunges into the world of 1870, skillfully blending historical fact and literary fiction into a riveting tale about Charles Dickens unfinished last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Drawing on original letters and newspapers, Pearl recounts the extraordinary celebrity of Dickens during his speaking tour of America, where hundreds would line up overnight, enduring freezing temperatures in the hopes of obtaining tickets to his sold out shows The seedy underworld of the opium trade washes ash [...]


    19. Matthew Pearl has a winning adventure of the highest literary calibur He attended Harvard and also has taught literature at Harvard I will be checking out his book on Lonfellow, and Edgar Allen Poe with several cups of hot chocolate to help through the mystery of his well written books The Last Dickens comes close to the truth as most of the characters were real people and Matthew has kept to historic acuracy Yet the book grips you with the mystery of Dickens last book.James Osgood is the publis [...]


    20. Fluffy but compelling The puff from Dan Brown on the cover says it all Pearl s is a rather low brow brand of literary historical fiction I surprised myself with my willingness to give Pearl another try after all, I found The Dante Club strangely slow paced and dull despite its sensational subject matter But I m glad I persevered and read this one.Though it has Pearl s usual slow exposition and slightly flat character development, the Victorian settings and Dickensian theme meant that I did enjoy [...]


    21. The first book I read of Matthew Peal was the Last Bookaneer, a later publication to the Last Dickens I loved the Last Bookaneer so much and expected same competence in this book But I m so sorry to say that this book was a disappointment I loved the information given in the book relating to Charles Dicken which in fact gave me a new awareness and new perspective regarding the renowned author I thank Mr Pearl for that But the main plot was so disturbed with some incidental, I would say irrelevan [...]


    22. mais um 3,5 e esse meio ponto vai para a personagem James Ripley Osgood que est muito bem caracterizada e altura das situa es que lhe v o surgindo.Um bocadinho chato no in cio ainda n o percebi porque que o autor colocou tr s ou quatro cap tulos a falar sobre o filho do Dickens, militar em Bengala Seria por causa do pio e suas consequ ncias N o vejo rela o, contudo Depois, quando se come a a seguir a viagem de Osgood e Rebecca para Inglaterra e todos os percal os que por l passaram, ficou melhor [...]



    23. Starting a review is always a difficult task for me I come up with ideas and end up dismissing them on second or third thought In regards to this review, should I begin with the fact that this is my first Matthew Pearl novel I have wanted to read his books for some time now but it took a book tour for me to finally pick one up and give it a try This seems to be something I have been doing quite a bit joining a book tour as an excuse to read a book I ve wanted to read but haven t managed to yet I [...]


    24. 3.5 Stars from me This was an interesting read providing a fictitious ending to the fiction novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens that the author left unfinished at his death I liked the hypothesis that was proposed here, and I found this book intriguing than most of Charles Dickens work I m NOT a fan and don t believe he is the greatest English writer ever Not by a longshot, but I digress This book flowed well and provided a curious tale as the publisher and his bookkeeper tried [...]


    25. I m about a third of the way through this book and it s one I can t wait to finish As we all know, Dickens first published in chapters of a novel in the newspaper and then published the entire book This novel has Dickens dying as he s in the midst of a story The last section he wrote was sent to Boston from England and subsequently stolen The tale continues from there with not so nice things to say about New York publishers The Boston publisher who receives Dickens chapters goes to England to tr [...]


    26. me encant leer una novela con Dickens como protagonista obviamente que ahora quiero leer el libro que el jefe no pudo terminar y sacar mis conclusiones sobre el misterio.


    27. In several ways this was an odd read Some thing I liked very much and some things I did not like that much.A few years ago a reviewer called Pearl the literary Dan Brown, and I can see why Of course it s not really that simple, but the point is clear enough Brown has cliffhangers after each chapter, all of it evolving around a mysterious plot where the protagonist races against time to solve the case at hand by figuring out fitting the jigsaws to the overall puzzle with people trying to kill him [...]


    28. A fascinating, ingenious novel Pearl weaves a tale of mystery and intrigue involving a search for the last installments of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens s unfinished novel Fields and Osgood, his American publishers, have held off their competitors by being Dickens s publishing firm in North America Before the protections of international copyright protocols unauthorized, pirate versions of popular English novels meant that those who could first produce legitimate versions had an ad [...]


    29. Matthew Pearl s The Last Dickens is a double mystery connected to Charles Dickens great unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood First, it s an historical whodunit, which leads publisher James Osgood and his girl Friday, Rebecca Sand, on a hunt to find the missing pages of Charles Dickens last unfinished novel and to unravel the book s connection to the murder of Rebecca s brother And second, The Last Dickens is also Pearl s attempt to posit an ending The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a puzzle whic [...]


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