{Free pdf} Stone's FallAuthor Iain Pears – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

The central question in Stone s Fall is fairly simple How and why did the powerful and extremely wealthy industrialist John Stone fall to his death from an opened window of his London home To find the answer to that question, the intriguing but rather slow moving story is told by three different narrators in three separate parts, London 1909, Paris 1890 and Venice 1869, and travels back in time to tell the story backwards, a narrative method I found particularly rewarding The three narrators, The central question in Stone s Fall is fairly simple How and why did the powerful and extremely wealthy industrialist John Stone fall to his death from an opened window of his London home To find the answer to that question, the intriguing but rather slow moving story is told by three different narrators in three separate parts, London 1909, Paris 1890 and Venice 1869, and travels back in time to tell the story backwards, a narrative method I found particularly rewarding The three narrators, that perhaps could be a littledistinctive are all in some way involved in a plot meticulously constructed and executed There is quite a few parallel stories to follow Global industrial and political intrigue, European financial power struggles, mysterious investigations, several romantic dalliances and murders covering a fair amount of time.Stone s Fall is neither a thriller nor is it a literary novel in the best sense of the word It is perhaps closer to a mystery novel, but one in which the reader is expected to be interested in the many intricacies of history to gain the most enjoyment from the slow moving punctilious venture Although I readily admit I was less intrigued by the, no doubt studiously researched, financial intrigues of the storyline, I nevertheless found myself fascinated by the beautiful language, the detailed descriptions, the vigorous characters and the complex, methodically constructed plot Overall a thoroughly entertaining and rewarding experience This novel got steadily better as I read it it s shaped like a Klein bottle The first section, which takes place in London in 1910, is worth three stars A journalist is hired by a mysterious wealthy widow to help resolve the will of her husband, John Stone, who died by falling out a window The will gives a bequest to an unnamed child of Stone s, who must be found before the estate can be settled The view into Stone s business empire he owned numerous companies involved in the manufacture o This novel got steadily better as I read it it s shaped like a Klein bottle The first section, which takes place in London in 1910, is worth three stars A journalist is hired by a mysterious wealthy widow to help resolve the will of her husband, John Stone, who died by falling out a window The will gives a bequest to an unnamed child of Stone s, who must be found before the estate can be settled The view into Stone s business empire he owned numerous companies involved in the manufacture of arms and ships is interesting, but the journalist character is a bit thin.The second section picked up considerably for a fourth star Here we move backwards in time to Paris in the 1890s, and another young man who works as a kind of freelance proto spy for Britain More is revealed about Stone and his widow, and the protagonist of this section is much stronger.The third section is a wonderfully odd story about an Englishman in Venice in the 1860s Of course it does not do to give too much away about the end of the book But this section is as strong as the second and concludes with an avalanche of stunning plot surprises They may be a bit contrived, but I was willing to play along.There s a lot going on here, but it all pays off, and this the the kind of book that makes you want to flip right back to the beginning to rediscover all the hints planted earlier in the book This is a very long novel I d guess nearly 300,000 words , and as the official blurb says, it is ingenious and intricately plotted But I think it could have been just as ingenious and intricate at about half the length I was hoping it would be as good as An Instance of the Fingerpost, but I was disappointed Like that one, it is divided into sections, each with a different narrator but in this case, the narrators all sound pretty much alike, and none of them is particularly engaging In fact This is a very long novel I d guess nearly 300,000 words , and as the official blurb says, it is ingenious and intricately plotted But I think it could have been just as ingenious and intricate at about half the length I was hoping it would be as good as An Instance of the Fingerpost, but I was disappointed Like that one, it is divided into sections, each with a different narrator but in this case, the narrators all sound pretty much alike, and none of them is particularly engaging In fact, there are no characters with which I could either sympathize or identify Everything seems cold and calculated Central to the book is a mysterious and alluring woman, but anyone who has read My Cousin Rachel will have seen mysterious and alluring done muchconvincingly Writing the novel backwards with each section narrating events that occurred before what we have already seen must have been excruciatingly difficult, and it s amazing that Pears pulls it off so successfully At times the strain shows, though, as in a very late scene which is contrived to be tense major characters trapped in a basement with a madman, tons of explosive, and the madman about to light the fuse , but we already know that three of the four characters will still be alive years from now In spite of it s overall organization, the novel meanders, and the thread of suspense is often lost in massive amounts of detail An excellent puzzle, but once the puzzle is solved in the final pages, you can set the book aside and forget it There are no memorable experiences here A quite decent historical thriller with lots of twists and turns, plot devices galore, red herrings, political machinations, high finances, boys own spying adventures, romance, betrayal, industrial espionage, the entente cordiale, naval warfare, anarchism and the evil that people do It is well written and researched and works backwards from a funeral in the 1950s, to London in 1909, Paris in 1890 and finally Venice in 1867 The starting point is the death of a wealthy industrialist and financi A quite decent historical thriller with lots of twists and turns, plot devices galore, red herrings, political machinations, high finances, boys own spying adventures, romance, betrayal, industrial espionage, the entente cordiale, naval warfare, anarchism and the evil that people do It is well written and researched and works backwards from a funeral in the 1950s, to London in 1909, Paris in 1890 and finally Venice in 1867 The starting point is the death of a wealthy industrialist and financier, John Stone, in 1909 The death takes place in unusual circumstances and it is unclear how and why he died the will also leaves a number of mysteries Stone s wife hires a journalist to look into it so the fun begins This is a decent historical thriller The twist at the end is nasty if you don t see it coming it seems from the reviews some did and some did not Most of the characters are well written and strong, but because of the way the plot jumps around there is little continuity and the reader has to adapt to three different narrators.If you want to see something odd look up the wiki entry on this book it takes obssession to a whole new level, really strange It is quite a hefty tome and Pears seems to be adept at writing gripping historical thrillers If you like that that sort of thing it is worth reading The denouement is shocking, even if you guess it It certainly made me think that here is an author who really doesn t like his characters if he can create this However I am not a writer and perhaps am not in a position to make that sort of judgement Despite the fact that the strongest and most interesting character is a women, there is also perhaps a touch of misogyny in the whole piece However my random thoughts perhaps indicate that there is quite a lot going on and it held my attention admittedly at the end of the day just prior to sleep with the cat sleeping across my legs Goddammit, this is twice now that Iain Pears has done this to me I get maybe a quarter to a third of the way into his book and start thinking This is ok, but I m starting to lose interest I m not sure if I want to read muchof this story But then it turns out the story isn t what you think it is And it isn t just some cheap twist either, butthat the characters, just like the reader, simply don t have the total picture and make assumptions, mistakes, interpretations that the next Goddammit, this is twice now that Iain Pears has done this to me I get maybe a quarter to a third of the way into his book and start thinking This is ok, but I m starting to lose interest I m not sure if I want to read muchof this story But then it turns out the story isn t what you think it is And it isn t just some cheap twist either, butthat the characters, just like the reader, simply don t have the total picture and make assumptions, mistakes, interpretations that the next section of the book then proceeds to dismantle, all while managing to tell one overarching story He also pulls off these direction changes without rendering previous sections irrelevant exactly the opposite in fact It s like each part of the book is like a puzzle that you piece together, and then when you finish it turns out the completed puzzle is just in itself one piece of a larger puzzle And by the end he even manages to tie it all back into the original, seemingly long abandoned, premise of the plot itself in a totally unexpected and devastating way.The basic setup seems simple enough London, 1909, and a wealthy industrialist called John Stone, all but unknown to the public but a legend in the world of finance, seemingly trips and falls to his death His sizeable estate cannot be settled until an unexpected part of his will is satisfied that Stone s previously unknown long lost child is found and given a substantial chunk of change So Stone s executors hire an investigative reporter to accomplish this task, and the intrepid hero sets off to uncover the secrets of John Stone s life This summary barely scratches the surface, though, and really doesn t give the book anywhere near the credit it deserves There s early 20th century geopolitics, espionage, sabotage, a love story, spooky mysticism, assassination plots, and as an icing on the cake, a fairly vicious critique of unchecked capitalism Solid four star read Really and truly.I hesitate to use the word Dickensian because I was never a Dickens fan, but that s the word that comes to mind for me and I do mean it in a positive way A long, twisty narrative full of larger than life characters who are intertwined in all sorts of unexpected ways I can only compare it to Dickens But where Dickens wrote like he was paid by the word, this book though arguably too long never felt tedious Or usually didn t, anyway I wasn t alway Solid four star read Really and truly.I hesitate to use the word Dickensian because I was never a Dickens fan, but that s the word that comes to mind for me and I do mean it in a positive way A long, twisty narrative full of larger than life characters who are intertwined in all sorts of unexpected ways I can only compare it to Dickens But where Dickens wrote like he was paid by the word, this book though arguably too long never felt tedious Or usually didn t, anyway I wasn t always engaged by the financial and business aspects of the storyline though I did appreciate their appeal for someonefascinated by that stuff than this reader , but that didn t stop me from eagerly devouring all 600 odd pages I found myself fascinated by the characters and plot twists despite my needing to suspend disbelief at times And I loved the way the story was told backwards, heightening the suspense and drama of the gradual revelations Aaahh It was a long haul, admittedly, but I m actually a bit sorry it s over The next book has a tough act to follow The central question is simple How and why did the wealthy and powerful industrialist John Stone come to fall to his death from the window of his London home The answer is anything but.First there is a prologue, set in Paris in 1953 Two men meet after a funeral It is short and simple but it sets the tone beautifully and provides a firm basis that will hold together what is to come.And then the story travels back in time to London in 1909, to Paris in 1890 and finally to Venice in 1967 In 1 The central question is simple How and why did the wealthy and powerful industrialist John Stone come to fall to his death from the window of his London home The answer is anything but.First there is a prologue, set in Paris in 1953 Two men meet after a funeral It is short and simple but it sets the tone beautifully and provides a firm basis that will hold together what is to come.And then the story travels back in time to London in 1909, to Paris in 1890 and finally to Venice in 1967 In 1909 John Stone is dead, in 1890 he features in another man s story, and in 1867 he tells his own story Three engaging and distinctive narrators.Stories told backwards rarely work for me, but this one did The plotting is so well executed, with all of the twists and turns rooted in the history of the characters What wonderful characters Wonderfully observed and utterly intriguing Settings too, vividly evoked This is definitely one of those books where you can hear the voices and see the scenes in your head.There is much going on financial, industrial and political intrigue mysteries and investigations and a striking love story It all works together beautifully.And all of this in lovely, cool, clear prose.For most of its pages Stone s Fall is a story for the intellect, but at key points the emotions were perfectly pitched, and they hit hard.The story was long and involved, but it held on to me right up to a startling conclusion that shifted my perceptions and made me rethink many elements of what had come before.Am impressive achievement 4.5 stars I really enjoyed this book, my first by Iain Pears I love his humor, and that he writes with depth Don t plan to fly through this one It takes patience and I found myself having to reread parts, or just wanting to reread to get a better flavor for the story, or to laugh again at a funny line I love the way the author decided to tell this story He starts in the present after a mysterious death has occurred, and then part two goes back in time after a change in narrator Part three 4.5 stars I really enjoyed this book, my first by Iain Pears I love his humor, and that he writes with depth Don t plan to fly through this one It takes patience and I found myself having to reread parts, or just wanting to reread to get a better flavor for the story, or to laugh again at a funny line I love the way the author decided to tell this story He starts in the present after a mysterious death has occurred, and then part two goes back in time after a change in narrator Part three goes back even further, after yet another change in the narration It was a little confusing at times, but I trusted my pilot at that point, and held on to my armrests and kept going forward It was a little odd, wanting to keep the pages flying while at the same time not wanting to miss a crucial clue Sometimes a couple of words can make the difference I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, and the sarcastic humor was a big plus for me Definitely something to chew on, but not so much that it felt like assigned reading either I will say that it helps to have a financial or economics background, but I don t think it s necessary at all Just be aware that there will be sections that require a littletime and patience I thought he conveyed the setting so well As I said, it shifts in terms of both time and place as you progress through the book, but it all felt very real to me Venice, which was the setting for part three, even felt like another character to me, he described it so vividly Audio performance was also terrific John Lee and Simon Vance are two of my favorite narrators, and Roy Dotrice is also very, very good I couldn t have asked forfrom the audio performance The book loses half a star because it was a little long in places I did think the payoff, however, was worthwhile, as I didn t even come close to expecting the big twist at the end I think he did a great job creating doubt and confusion so that the reader imagines this is the answer, no it s this, and so on This book is going on my favorite authors shelf and I will happily read anything by Iain Pears British crime suspense authors are tailor made for me, and the historical fiction piece added in made this a very satisfying read In his most dazzling novel since the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continentsA panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone s Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London homeChronologically, it moves backwards from London into Paris in , and finally to Venice inand in the process the quest to uncover the truth plays out against the backdrop of the evolution of high stakes international finance, Europe s first great age of espionage, and the start of the twentieth century s arms raceLike Fingerpost, Stone s Fall is an intricately plotted and richly satisfying puzzle an erudite work of history and fiction that feels utterly true and oddly timely and marks the triumphant return of one of the world s great storytellers This book was really hard for me to stick with It s told in a way that is mostly back story and I found myself thinking can we please just get to the point Unfortunately the point does not come until the end, but it will shock you I found myself exclaiming, oh my god The story is centered around the life of John Stone who falls to his death from his library window In his will, he indicates he has an unacknowledged child that his fortune should go to, but no one has ever heard about this ch This book was really hard for me to stick with It s told in a way that is mostly back story and I found myself thinking can we please just get to the point Unfortunately the point does not come until the end, but it will shock you I found myself exclaiming, oh my god The story is centered around the life of John Stone who falls to his death from his library window In his will, he indicates he has an unacknowledged child that his fortune should go to, but no one has ever heard about this child before His widow, Elizabeth, hires a investigative journalist to seek out this child, but the venture is unsuccessful.Many years later, at Elizabeth s funeral, the investigative reporter hired to find the missing child is forwarded a sort of memoir of John Stone s life and ultimately, the true identity of the unacknowledged child as well as the circumstances of John Stone s death.As with, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier I felt some degree of frustration with the lengthy story that seemed to have little purpose, but the end sealed the deal for me OMG