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Three Brothers by Peter Ackroyd
Mar 04, 2014 | ISBN 9780385538626

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“[I]ntriguing, a clever romp and a rapid page-turner.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

“With overtones of Greek tragedy and Charles Dickens, this is a literary and engrossing parable and a loving tribute to London in all its depravity.” Library Journal, starred review

“[Ackroyd’s] beloved London comes across as warm, coherent, and triumphantly alive.” Publishers Weekly

Three Brothers is an alternative autobiography, a ghost story and a murder mystery all in one slim volume. Dickens, Blake, and Eliot—all subjects of lives by Ackroyd—cast shadows over the three-ply narrative that is full of chance and coincidence, ‘alliances and affinities,’ ‘contenders and young pretenders,’ shape-shifters and shirt-lifters … The waspish vignettes of literary London and fusty academe are a delight. The air is full of poison—and echoes of other Ackroyd novels. He sees the capital as ‘a web so taut and tightly drawn’ that the slightest movement sets off a chain of events … The brilliant result is the quintessence of Ackroyd.” The Telegraph

Three Brothers [is] a London novel which is permeated by Dickens … The themes—lost childhoods and crime—are Dickensian, and the novel is suffused with the author’s awareness of the strangeness and often loneliness of the bleak streets of London. There is melodrama and comedy, and this too is Dickensian … A book full of rich and sudden moments of delight.” The Scotsman

“London is a major character in the novel. In Ackroyd’s accomplished hands the city becomes a mystical place, where visions abound. Highly recommended.” Daily Mail

Three Brothers, an amalgam of social satire and noirish thriller, is vintage Ackroyd.” Financial Times

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