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    Available in PDF Format | Rustication: A Novel.pdf | English
    Charles Palliser(Author)
Christmas 1863. Seventeen-year-old Richard Shenstone has been sent down from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion. Addicted to opium and tormented by disturbing sexual desires, he finds temporary refuge in the creaking old mansion inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie, whose behaviour grows increasingly bizarre. Threatening letters circulate among the locals, where almost anyone can be considered a suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanours ranging from vivisection to murder. Fans of Charles Palliser's books, as well as readers of Sarah Waters and Michel Faber, will delight in this, his first new novel in over ten years. Hailed for fiction that is "mesmerizing, meticulous" (Entertainment Weekly), Palliser confirms his reputation as "our leading contemporary Victorian novelist" (The Guardian).

"Palliser creates a deliciously gothic atmosphere, particularly in his descriptions of the landscape[...]" Stephanie Merritt, The Observer"Palliser s hold on his narrative is enough to turn it into an exercise in pure form. As in a superior detective novel, character, scene and incidental detail fade away and all that remains is the thrill of the chase[...]" The Spectator"a twisting, mesmerising story" The Times"Palliser adds the modern pleasure of ambiguity to this rich and authentic confection of Gothic suspense." The Independent"[Riddles are ultimately, satisfyingly unraveled and a darker reality about genteel Victorian society revealed than novelists of that era ever dared imagine." --The Daily Mail"Palliser adds the modern pleasure of ambiguity to this rich and authentic confection of Gothic suspense." --The Independent"Palliser s hold on his narrative is enough to turn it into an exercise in pure form. As in a superior detective novel, character, scene and incidental detail fade away and all that remains is the thrill of the chase[...]" ----The Spectator

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Charles Palliser(Author)
  • W. W. Norton & Company (8 Nov. 2013)
  • English
  • 2
  • Fiction
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  • By Norman Housley on 18 August 2014

    Charles Palliser has formidable skills as a creator of Victorian pastiche and he uses them brilliantly here to fashion a tale of deceit, sexual shennanigans, inheritance issues and rank snobbery in mid-Victorian England. It's all wildly implausible but the twists and turns keep you on your toes and it makes for a riveting read. Basically the book is a clever page turner, good for filling a few hours - as long as you don't expect more than that it's worth reading.

  • By s43 on 27 July 2015

    Atmospheric and uncomfortable, not particularly pleasant characters, but still intriguing and made me want to keep on reading. If you like damaged characters and psychologically dark places of the soul, and of course a gothic feel - this is a good book to read, especially on a winters evening

  • By Josie Williams on 7 September 2017

    I have read this almost solidly since I picked it up yesterday and have now finished. What a fantastic read. Page turner from start to finish. I haven't readSomething I have liked this much in years!

  • By P. McCLEAN on 19 November 2013

    Rustication is Charles Palliser's latest novel (published November, 2013). His first novel, The Quincunx, was published in 1989 and it was written in the style of Charles Dickens as a literary exercise, Palliser being at the time a lecturer in literature and creative writing. Quincunx is a masterpiece.His latest novel, while not the masterpiece that Quincunx was, is still an interesting book and an enjoyable read. Its format is that of a journal written by a seventeen year old boy, Richard Shenstone, who has been rusticated by Cambridge University, i.e. "sent down", or more literally, "sent to the country", or in more modern terms, suspended from college as a punishment. The Journal spans the days from his arrival in his mother's house on 12th December 1863 to the culmination of events in the story on the 13th January 1864.This story is a mystery and I will go into no more detail about the plot but I will comment on Palliser's skill at misdirection and obfuscation. Even in the final pages of the novel I was not sure how it was going to end.Throughout the book the reader is fed the views and thoughts of the author of the journal and his journal entries purportedly record his interactions and conversations with other people in the district and within his family. As a reader I was constantly asking myself if I was dealing with an unreliable narrator, was the reportage accurate, was the journal an elaborate red herring, etc...The book holds the attention but the pace is a little slow for the first one hundred pages but it picks up speed for the final chapters. This is the second Palliser novel I have read but I will certainly be reading his others.This is a book I would love to discuss with someone who has read it but I do not want to give away too many details in this review as that would spoil the experience.

  • By Todd Ralph on 21 December 2016

    This is a thoroughly vulgar read. I agree with previous reviewers that there is nothing nice or likeable about any of the characters. They are all unpleasant. Their behaviour is motivated by greed, avarice and base perverse desires. Among the worse depravities are sexual abuse and gratuitous mutilation of farmyard animals by children. At that point, I gave up as although the style of writing is engaging, the subject matter simply went beyond the pale

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