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The Last Dickens (2009)

af Matthew Pearl

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Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens's untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends Daniel Sand to take possession of the unfinished novel. When Sand is killed, Osgood and Rebecca Sand journey to England determined to recover the manuscript and stop a murderous mastermind.… (mere)
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    Drood af Dan Simmons (suzecate)
    suzecate: They're historical mystery/thriller set in Victorian England and involving Charles Dickens.
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    Edwin Droods Hemmelighed af Charles Dickens (Cecrow)
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When Charles Dickens dies unexpectedly, leaving his latest book unfinished, Boston publishers Fields & Osgood, Dickens' exclusive U.S. publishers, rush to get their hands on the most recent installments, supposedly in transit, in order to release them and hopefully rejuvenate their failing publishing company. However, when one of the publisher's employees winds up dead and the manuscripts are missing, junior partner James Osgood takes it upon himself to discover what really happened and to rescue the missing manuscripts.

I really don't have a history of reading Dickens and honestly, I probably would've enjoyed this more if I did. Being familiar with Dickens' last novel, the unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood, would also give the reader a better appreciation of this story. I have read a couple of Matthew Pearl's earlier novels, and he's good at creating a story based on a historical person or event, though sometimes he gets bogged down in the details and this takes away some of the enjoyment of the story. I found this to be true in this one as well. I listened to this on audio and I have to be honest in saying that my head was just not in this book the entire time. I found my mind wandering a lot and I probably missed some things that may have added to my understanding of the plot. I will say that the novel did pick up near the end and I found myself more engaged at that point. It was just a bit slow going up until then. ( )
  indygo88 | Jan 30, 2021 |
Elche - Octubre 2009 ( )
  MOTORRINO | Dec 12, 2020 |
This is the novel that [b:Drood|3222979|Drood|Dan Simmons|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1425159526s/3222979.jpg|3257056] should have been. A little slow at first but ultimately becomes quite engrossing. Written in a quasi-Dickens style, but made a little more modern for current readers.

Nice read that is relatively historically accurate. Worth the read. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
1870. Charles Dickens is dead. He leaves behind a struggling publisher, a bereaved public, and an unfinished novel. The Mystery of Edwin Drood promised to be Dickens' masterpiece, equally adored and misunderstood, and revolved around the question of whether the young hero was murdered or in hiding. Now the mystery will never be solved; the novel is only half written.

Or is it?

It falls to James Osgood, Dickens' American publisher, to find out the truth. Along the way, he must fight opiate dealers, cutthroat publishers, and Dickens' close friends' diverging opinions about the possible endings to Drood. What he discovers is intriguing: could Drood's missing ending hold the key to a real-life murder mystery?

The novel is intriguing, a literary thriller written by a master of suspense. Pearl does an excellent job of incorporating period details without ever slowing the pace. There were facts that I didn't know. Did you know that Dickens offered to tell Queen Victoria the ending of Drood? Or that Dickens was stalked by a female admirer? Or that an American tax collector blackmailed the Dickens staff?

The book is divided into six installments (the same number of installments as Drood had at the time of Dickens' death) and they flip from the present (after his death) and past (while Dickens is on a book tour in America). At times, the structure can be confusing; after one or two of the flashbacks, I had difficulty remembering exactly what had happened in the previous section regarding the present day action. Overall, though, that structure heightened the suspense and revealed Dickens the man and how much the public craved his writings.

I enjoyed the characters, especially Dickens' publisher James Osgood (a historical figure) and Tom Branagan (a fictional character) who acts as Dickens porter on his last American tour. Most of all, I enjoyed learning more about the time period and exploring the possibility of what might have been the ending of the author's last novel. Edwin Drood may be an unsolved mystery, but The Last Dickens' ending is satisfying.
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  MeredithRankin | Jun 7, 2019 |
If you're going to use the name Dickens in your title, expectations for that book are going to be even higher. Fortunately, Matthew Pearl not only meets those expectations, but exceeds every one.
It isn't necessary to have ever read a page of Charles Dickens' writing to get wrapped up in this account of Dickens' final, and unfinished, novel. With fast pacing, plot twists galore, and memorable characters, there isn't a thing about this book I didn't love. Highly recommended for anyone who loves historical fiction! ( )
  ErinMa | Feb 22, 2019 |
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Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens's untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends Daniel Sand to take possession of the unfinished novel. When Sand is killed, Osgood and Rebecca Sand journey to England determined to recover the manuscript and stop a murderous mastermind.

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