woensdag 24 juli 2013

Book Review Drood

Title: Drood
Author: Dan Simmons
Genre: Thriller, Historical, Suspense
Rating: 9/10

On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever.

Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums ofLondon and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?

Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.

This was a pretty brilliant book in two ways. First the combination of fact and fiction told from the point of view of a very real writer from the nineteenth century through his supposedly real experiences and life with Charles Dickens interspersed with his opium induced fantasies. You don't really know which is which until the end of the book. Telling the story of the last five years of Charles Dickens' life and the bizarre circumstances of the train accident that killed everyone but Dickens and his mistress and how that shaped his remaining years...as well as the story of the ghoulish spectre called Drood that loomed over those remaining five years. The other cool thing is that the book is about 800 pages, but it is quick to get into and a hard to put down one, at that. It is moody and dark and really seems to capture the filth and despair of nineteenth century Whitechapel London that can only be described as Dickensian. I highly recommend this one

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