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Still catching my breath after finishing Stone's Fall last night. Pears' prose flows in fine style loaded with fascinating settings, characters and situations. Placed amidst the economic, military/industrial turmoil of Europe before World War I, the novelist's flights of fiction arise from a historical foundation with aspects readers in 2009 may recognize as quite contemporary.
Listening to the excellent actors who recorded this book is a treat. I hope someone will record The Dream of Scipio, Iain Pears' masterpiece novel of western civilization and ethical challenges.
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Despite the five stars I have given "Stone's Fall," I need to say right off that I didn't like it as much as I had hoped I would. But I also need to admit that I have pretty juvenile tastes in novels -- I like lots of action, thrills, and adventure. I suspect that anyone with more mature tastes would enjoy "Stone's Fall" a great deal. It has masterful, intricate plotting, good writing, and outstanding narration. It moves slowly, because it needs to do so. It tells the same story from three different characters' viewpoints ... and the publishers made the excellent decision to use three different (very good) actors to voice these three different viewpoints. "Stone's Fall" tells a story about money, high finance, and a puzzling death. I couldn't appreciate the money part of the plot, because I know little about money, and care even less -- explaining my own poverty. But I followed along well enough to realize that the financial finaglings unfolding in the plot would boggle even a banker's mind. This book tells us how people get immensely rich! Regarding the puzzling death, Pears keeps that mystery simmering until the very last chapter, maintaining our suspense. If you are looking for a thriller, I advise you to bypass this book, because it proceeds slowly and quietly. But if you can do without a lot of excitement and testosterone, then you have found your book.
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