Confessing a Murder
8 journalers for this copy...
from the back:
"Nicholas Drayson has brought an extraordinary knowledge and feeling for natural history no less than human nature to this, his first book, in which he invents a wild genius-cousin of Darwin's, as well as the entire, wondrous flora and fauna of an imaginary South Seas island, and weaves these together in a rich, Nabokovian narrative. Intellectual and exotic, by turns contemplative and full of picaresque adventures, Confessing a Murder is by far the most interesting and enjoyable novel I have read in years."
This is a wonderful book, both joyous and very sad. The narrator is a consummate storyteller. He pulled me right in and wouldn’t let go. I hadn’t expected such a richness of story regarding Darwin and how (according to the narrator) the Origin of Species was developed and finally published. It’s actually a swashbuckling, romantic adventure! I was also fascinated by the narrator’s descriptions of the flora and fauna of the island where he is marooned. None of the species he describes actually exist but all are completely plausible. Drayson must have given them a great amount of thought. This book has been a very pleasant and entertaining surprise. I’m trying to set up a bookray, so hopefully others can enjoy it as well!
IT'S A BOOKRAY!
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*Journal the book when you receive it
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I'm going to send this out, since responses have been sluggish. But it is still open; so if you're here because you'd like to join please PM me! playtheman
(UK/Eur) <--on its way here starflash
This is now on its way to playtheman...
Well, here it is. Thanks so much for the Hawks Nest postcard, quite lovely.
I began to be involved when I read of Krakatoa and the possibility of another catastropic explosion in about the same time. Which demolished an island completely.
It should be in Kentucky shortly after Easter.
Its here and I'll be starting it today! Thanks for sharing it esm- really looking forward to reading it.
Excellent book that hooked me from the very beginning! The narrater is a natural storyteller- the imagery is remarkable. Gotta love a work of fiction that has you wondering *are you sure this is fiction?!*
Thanks for sharing esm!
Journal Entry 9
Controlled Release in Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Monday, April 14, 2008
Released 13 yrs ago (4/14/2008 UTC) at Controlled Release in Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
sending to jsmeltser
usps del conf- 0306 3030 0002 5605 6809
Received on 4-18-08 (coulda sworn that I journaled this one already. Started reading it tonight and I'm hooked!
I wasn't sure I'd like this one, but I was hooked from the start. The plot was fairly average, but the imaginative plants and animals kept me turning pages. Thanks for sharing this one, ealasaidmae!
Mailed this one out to carelaisa this afternoon. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!
received the book this morning. I have two books that I want to read before this one, so hopefully, I'll start this one somewhere next week. I'll also pm the next BCer in line for this book so I can send it as soon as I have finished it. It looks like an interesting reading from the previous journals entries:)
What can I say about this book... I really enjoyed it! It was a good and fun read, well written. The way the narrator tells the story, you almost get to believe that it's true!!! I loved the description of all the species on the island where he spent the rest of his life - even if you know they're not real.
The book has been mailed this morning to the next BCer, jessibud.
I hope you'll enjoy it as much as the others have so far in this ray!
This book arrived in today's mail. I will start it tonight. Thanks! I'm looking forward to it.
I am embarrassed at how long I have had this book in my possession! I actually began to read it right away and was enjoying it but then things got away from me. This time of year is crazy (I am a teacher and have just one more week left; counting down, big-time! ;-)
I have PM'd the next in line and if I have not finished the book by the end of the week, I will mail it on, regardless. I apologize once again for holding this bookring up.
Mailing off today to the next person.
I seem to have lost my momentum when I had to take a break from this book, due to work-related stress and commitments. I wasn't able to just fall back into it, as I had hoped and expected, but since I don't want to hold this ring up any longer, I am sending it on, and perhaps one day, I will get back to it.
Thanks, all, for your patience.
Got this today, will read asap!
Well, it's just my luck that as soon as I get the book my life turns upside down and hectic. I've been reading it while I can, but with so much going on right now, I haven't finished it yet. I only just realized how long I've actually had it and decided that I will try finishing it up this week-- one way or another I will be sending it out at the end of the week- sorry for the delay and thank you for the wonderful book choice, I really do like what I've read so far.
Well, first, I want to thank ealasaidmae for assuring me I should finish the book before sending it out. Second, I want to apologize for how long I've had it. It seems like Life threw everything at me at once. I hope the next reader enjoys this novel. Despite my love of natural history, I found it hard to really like. I think it was because the main character was very unlikeable to me. In any case, it was dropped off at the post office this afternoon, so it has finally moved on!
This book has washed ashore at the Lost Book Island after not being heard from for many months. This new arrival will be shown to a room and be allowed a bit of rest before being introduced to the many fun things to do here at the island.
All around there are books sipping cool drinks under shady palms while other books participate in a wide variety of beach sports. There is plenty of sand, surf and sun here for all of the lost and wayward books to enjoy.
It is hoped that very soon a new journal entry will come to rescue this book from the island and send it back out into the BookCrossing world so that it may continue on its journey. It is hoped that the new journal entry will tell all the interested parties where this book has been this long time and where it will be traveling to next.