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The Bedlam Stacks

Lu par : David Thorpe
Durée : 13 h et 23 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical
5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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Description

An astonishing historical novel set in the shadowy, magical forests of South America, which draws on the captivating world of the international best seller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.

Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. The shrine statues move, and anyone who crosses the border dies. But somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine: the only known treatment for malaria.

On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859, and India is ravaged by the disease. The hunt for a reliable source of quinine is critical, and in its desperation the India Office searches out its last qualified expeditionary. Struggling with a terrible injury from his last mission and the strange occurrences at his family's ruined estate, Merrick Tremayne finds himself under orders to bring back cinchona cuttings at any cost and dispatched, against his own better judgment, to Bedlam.

There he meets Raphael, a priest around whom the villagers spin unsettlingly familiar stories of impossible disappearances and living stone. Gradually Tremayne realises that Raphael is the key to a legacy left by two generations of Tremayne explorers before him, one which will prove more dangerous and valuable than the India Office could ever have imagined.

©2017 Natasha Pulley (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Commentaires

"Assured and absorbing...immensely pleasurable reading. Pulley's prose is strong and energetic, with a wry edge, and even the most minor characters are drawn precisely.... Intricate, charming and altogether surprising." (The New York Times book review on The Watchmaker of Filigree Street)
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Enchanting Peru

I loved the concepts of past and present, old and new religion and fact and imagination.
I was disappointed when the story came to an end.
Recommended to others who enjoy history and have imagination.

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  • Gail N.
  • 13/01/2019

A fevered dream

In reviewing this book, I was thinking about why I like to listen to books. Entertainment, education, insight into the human condition, the pleasure of a pleasant human voice, the delight of well written prose, relaxation and distraction from day to day cares came to mind. In almost all areas, this book disappointed me. The story starts off rather abruptly with the lead character having a tree crash on the roof over his attic apartment. And for the first third of the book, I enjoyed "The Bedlam Stacks". There are hints of magical realism, but the dog Gulliver lends a sense of comfort and reassurance that all is more or less well. And even here, improbable characters pop out of nowhere. However, once the hero and his associate start the descent from the summit of the Andes into the New Bethlehem valley below, the story also descends into a feeling of insanity and horror; the dream turns into a nightmare. Unlike "Through the Looking Glass" where Alice keeps her sense of logic and reality about her, the main characters here offer no respite from the magical dysfunction surrounding them. It is like a Gothic horror fantasy tale from which you, the listener, want to escape. This was one story which gave me no pleasure and which therefore was not worth my time and so I gave up well before the half-way mark.

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  • just asking for some common sense
  • 27/08/2017

Just enough magic here!

This is the second book I've listened to by Natasha Pulley. I love this book. There is a fantasy element, but it is brought out slowly, almost as a mystery of its own. She's very good at world building here, with just enough reality to keep the whole story cohesive.

I'm eagerly awaiting her next book!

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  • Mysti van Hoose
  • 24/07/2017

More please!!

I am thoroughly hooked by Ms Pulley's writing style! I'm addicted to her characters and the quirky nature they all have! I've read both of her books and can't wait to see what her future books hold! I am restarting Filigree Street now and will redo Bedlam as soon as I'm done!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15/10/2018

Great Book. Amazing Narrator.

I was in love with this book from start to finish. I don't think they could have picked a more perfect narrator either. He did a splendid job bringing the characters to life.

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  • BobPan
  • 30/11/2017

Terrific read!

Unusual storyline, engaging and occasionally funny interactions; a truly unique and magical reading experience! You won't regret using your credits on this one.

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  • Michele Andres
  • 13/08/2017

delightful book

looking forward to the third book. many delightful surprises. Natasha Pulleys story's are like nothing I've ever read before.

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