Stone's Fall (kindle or Pdf) AUTHOR Iain Pears


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  • 576
  • Stone's Fall
  • Iain Pears
  • English
  • 28 September 2017
  • 9780385530248

10 thoughts on “Stone's Fall

  1. says:

    Well all you Iain Pears fans can relax he's written a terrific book again I say this as an Iain Pears fan who had to throw

  2. says:

    The central uestion 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 th

  3. says:

    This is a very long novel I'd guess nearly 300000 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 secti

  4. says:

    A uite decent historical thriller with lots of twists and turns plot devices galore red herrings political machin

  5. says:

    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 re

  6. says:

    Solid four star read Really and trulyI 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 narrativ

  7. says:

    Goddammit this is twice now that Iain Pears has done this to me I get maybe a uarter 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 much of 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 but that the characters just like the reader simply don't have the total picture and make assumptions mista

  8. says:

    45 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 wa

  9. says:

    The central uestion 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 butFirst there is a prologue set

  10. says:

    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 godThe 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 unacknowledge

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Stone's Fall

At his London home John Stone falls out of a window to his death A financier and arms dealer Stone was a man so wealthy that he was able to manipulate markets industries and indeed entire countries and continents Did he jump was he pushed or was it merely a tragic accide. The central uestion 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 homeTo find the answer to that uestion 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 little distinctive are all in some way involved in a plot meticulously constructed and executed There is uite 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 timeStone 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

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Nt His alluring and enigmatic widow hires a young crime reporter to investigate The story moves backward in time from London in 1909 to Paris in 1890 and finally to Venice in 1867 and the attempts to uncover the truth play out against the backdrop of the evolution of hig. A uite 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 narratorsIf you want to see something odd look up the wiki entry on this book it takes obssession to a whole new level really strangeIt is uite 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 uite 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

Summary Stone's Fall

H stakes international finance Europe’s first great age of espionage and the start of the twentieth century’s arms race Stone’s Fall is a tale of love and frailty as much as it is of high finance and skulduggery The mixture then as now is an often fatal combinati. Goddammit this is twice now that Iain Pears has done this to me I get maybe a uarter 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 much of 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 but that 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 wayThe 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 critiue of unchecked capitalism


About the Author: Iain Pears

Iain Pears is an English art historian novelist and journalist He was educated at Warwick School Warwick Wadham College and Wolfson College Oxford Before writing he worked as a reporter for the BBC Channel 4 UK and ZDF Germany and correspondent for Reuters from 1982 to 1990 in Italy France UK and US In 1987 he became a Getty Fellow in the Arts and Humanities at Yale University His