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The Quick
Lauren Owen 외 1명 지음
Random House Publishing Group
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0쪽 | 2014-06-17
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<b><b>For fans of Anne Rice, <i>The Historian, </i>and<i> The Night Circus, </i>an astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London</b><br></b> <b> </b><br>1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England.<br>  <br> In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying. <i>The Quick</i> will establish her as one of fiction’s most dazzling talents.<br>  <br><b>Praise for <i>The Quick</i><br></b><br>“A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric first novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist.”<b>—Kate Atkinson</b><br>  <br> “A good old-fashioned vampire novel . . . What fun.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i> (Editor’s Choice)</b><br>  <br> “<i>The Quick</i> is that rare book that reviewers and readers live for: both plot- and character-driven, a stay-up-all-night reading romp. . . . This is elegant, witty, force-of-nature writing.”<b><i>—The Dallas Morning News</i></b><br> <i> </i><br> “The book’s energy, its wide reach and rich detail make it a confident example of the ‘unputdownable’ novel.”<b><i>—The Economist</i></b><br> <i> </i><br> “A seamless blend of Victorian London and rich imagination.”<b>—Tana French, author of <i>In the Woods</i></b><br> <b><i> </i></b><br> “A thrilling tale . . . This book will give you chills even on a hot day.”<b><i>—</i>Minneapolis<i> Star Tribune</i></b><br>  <br> “Stylishly sinister . . . will have you sleeping with the lights on.”<b><i>—O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br> <i> </i><br> “A sly and glittering addition to the literature of the macabre.”<b>—Hilary Mantel, author of <i>Wolf Hall</i></b><br>  <br> “A big, sly bucketful of the most tremendous fun . . . [Owen] weaves what’s here with what’s beyond as easily as J. K. Rowling does.”<b>—<i>Slate</i> </b><br>  <br> “[An author of] prodigious gifts . . . Owen captures Dickens’s London with glee and produces a number of characters Dickens would be happy to call his own.”<b><i>—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</i></b><br><br><br><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
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I thought I knew what to expect when I picked up this book...boy was I wrong. And glad. Remember the movie "The Sixth Sense"? If someone told you the plot twist before you saw it, they completely ruined the experience. This book is like that. Don't let anyone fill you in ahead of time (fingers in ears...all together now...LALALALA). Lord knows it's rare enough to come across a novel where the story takes a turn that catches you off guard & it should be savoured. Having said that, the difficulty lies in writing a review that will entice you to read it without giving things away (I see one reviewer has done that & they should be smacked). What an impressive debut. At its' heart, this is the story of a sister & brother. They grew up in 19th century Yorkshire & had a tough childhood. Due to a deceased mother & largely absent father, Charlotte, the eldest, took over caring for James. Previous generations blew through most of the family fortune so they live in genteel poverty in the crumbling Aiskew Hall with the cook & gardener. Governesses come & go until circumstances force them to move in with an elderly aunt. For the first time they are separated as James is sent away to school. He's socially awkward & this doesn't improve much as he attends Oxford with dreams of becoming a published poet. After graduating, he goes to London & shares living quarters with Christopher Paige who has fallen out of favour with his wealthy family.
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