Company of Liars Epub ´ 576 pages

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Company of Liars Epub ´ 576 pages ✓ [Download] ➼ Company of Liars By Karen Maitland – In this extraordinary novel Karen Maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales an ingenious alchemy of history mystery and powerful human dramaThe year is 1348 The Black In this extraordinary novel Regnant wife each has a secret None is what they seem And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all propelling these liars to a destiny they never saw comingMagical heart uickening and raw Company of Liars is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fictionLength hours minute I've read multiple novels about the Plague Year of Wonders Doomsday Book probably others I can't think of right now This was a completely different experience The Plague is in some ways huge and in other ways a minor character A nod to the Canterbury Tales this is the story of a motley group of travelers thrown together in their desperate attempt to escape the ravages of the pestilenceI found this to be a total immersion experience It doesn't wallow in medieval language but the vocabulary and ideas are faithful to the period The characters have great depth as people but also effectively showcase some controversial issues without the narrator or the author taking a modern stanceOne of the things I liked best about Company of Liars is its lack of hysteria The travelers are understandably afraid of the Plague and of the many other dangers of their time and many terrible things happen along the way honestly this isn't a spoiler what would you expect of a Plague novel anyway but the storytelling is honest and totally lacking in melodramaAlthough I initially balked at the first person narration it turned out to be completely appropriate and much emotionally compelling than third person would have beenWhile it had a slow start by the time I was a few chapters in I was completely hooked and burned through this at top speed Highly recommended

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In this extraordinary novel Karen Maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales an ingenious alchemy of history mystery and powerful human dramaThe year Company of PDFEPUB or is The Black Plague grips the country In a world ruled by faith and fear nine desperate strangers brought tog DeceptionAt the onset of the black plague in 1348 a group of travellers band together to seek refuge against the disease and journey northwards to a safe location Each member of the group has a hidden secret and one in particular has something sinister to conceal The secrets they each reveal are shocking and illustrate the type of characters they are and the backgrounds they each come from Karen has a wonderful ability to capture not only the characterisation but the interaction and underlying motives within the group As each secret is revealed one by one the group start dying Must the killer be amongst them or are they being hunted The final secret is a surprise and keeps you guessing right to the endThe plot is engrossing and holds you in a spell the characters are superb and the pace is perfect The sense of time and daily living conditions are vividly brought to life The wonderful writing creates such magnificent images of landscape hardships and a constant atmosphere of foreboding Karen has this wonderful ability to characterise the landscape and give it its own mesmerising role in the storyThe Black Plague between 1348 and 1350 would kill over 15 million people over one third of the population of England Amongst this great plague was set a supernatural and religious supposition One graphic testimony can be found at St Mary's Ashwell Hertfordshire where an anonymous hand has carved a harrowing inscription for the year 1349 Wretched terrible destructive year the remnants of the people alone remainIt’s just a pity that a novel like this comes to an end and the only thing left to do is seek out another Karen Maitland book She is definitely the ueen of the medieval historical thriller This book is well and truly rooted in my favourites shelf and Karen is one of my favourite authors

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Company of LiarsEther by chance attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward themEach member of this motley company has a story to tell From Camelot the relic seller who will become the group's leader to Cygnus the one armed storyteller from the strange silent child called Narigorm to a painter and his p The Holy Relic Swindler’s TaleIt is I suppose comforting for some to believe that the social issues of today’s Britain are perennial that there is a national character perhaps which continuously muddles through the same problems over and over This is one explanation for Karen Maitland’s imagined world of England in the Middle Ages The way she portrays the state of the nation from immigration to the condition of the roads; from sexual harassment to fake news suggests that the problems we have to deal with have a constancy that define the countryI further suppose that without such presumed continuity there wouldn’t be much of a market for her type of historical fiction In order for a story set in the 14th century to be comprehensible there has to be something than geography which connects us culturally to that distant era So Maitland projects our fears and anxieties into the past not unlike much of sci fi projects them into the future Among other things in the latter such a literary tactic allows for some familiarity about the problems as well as creativity in imagining their solutions or their ultimate conseuencesBut there is a clear difference between historical fiction and sci fi We already have and are the solutions to the problems of the past So the genre of historical fiction can only work if it can suggest how we arrived where we are If there’s not much sociological variation from where we started the setting of the story is uaint but largely irrelevant and from a literary perspective fraudulent an unintentional parody Why not set the tale in Ancient Rome Or Victorian England Or contemporary New York City The allusions to things like xenophobia commercial fraud knife crime child and substance abuse and the English Summer weather could be made where and whenever ’Plus ça change plus c’est la meme chose’ would seem sufficient to get the point across Casting faux historical references in terms of a sort of hippie Canterbury Tale with neither the wit nor the elegance of the original is therefore of dubious merit Dropping in archaic period terms like ‘camelot’ and ‘kirtle’ don’t do much to divert attention from the Hobbesian misery of the lives of the characters solitary nasty brutish and short These characters inhabit a land of superstitious sualor in which the principle recreations are alcoholism and GBH Whatever secrets they might be hiding seem insignificant in light of their existential reality which has little to do with their place in historyIt could be that I’m being unfair Perhaps the Company of Liars is an allegory about the 21st century rather than a projection to the 14th Could it be that we can only recognize the extent of our depravity by considering it in terms of some distant condition If so The book might have some merit Otherwise it is a tedious journey to nowhere Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians to name just one parallel story is a far superior alternative established firmly in a time and place with no pretensions to period color and conseuently much honest