Monday, December 14, 2009

The Last Dickens

This weekend, I finished reading the book, "The Last Dickens" by Matthew Pearl.

I'm not one for mystery novels, but I enjoy them now and then. Matthew Pearl is a well-known author who entangles the historical lives of authors with a little ficitonal mystery. And he did it very well.

The book is based on the life of James Ripley Osgood, a co-publisher of Fields & Osgood in Boston. When Dickens passes away without finishing his last book, Osgood goes on a journey to figure out what Dickens intended for his mystery novel's ending. Osgood is met by mysterious characters, some dangerous alley ways and Dicken's close family and friends while on his quest. It was a very good book and I would recommend it!

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