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A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by David Liss

A fool and his money are soon parted--and nowhere so quickly as in the stock market, it would seem. In David Liss's ambitious first novel,A Conspiracy of Paper, the year is 1719 and the place London, where human greed, apparently, operated then in much … see full wiki

Author: David Liss
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date Published: 02-01-2000
2 reviews about A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel (Ballantine...
review by . March 09, 2011
This is a novel that captured my interest and entertained me with the history of London in 1719. The setting was so well described that I felt I could see the ravages of disease in the prisoners at Newgate Prison and hear the crowd jeer a prisoner for being a Jacobite.      There are also lessons for today when we watch the news about political unrest in Egypt and Lybia. This is a time when England is in fear of the French and their support for the deposed King James.   …
review by . July 13, 2003
The first part of this one offers a mixed experience. Although author Liss seems to have the history right (his facts "feel" true) and his writing is competent and entirely workmanlike, there is a heavy-handedness about it all. The characters are rather ordinary and seem to lack life while the narrative is overly talky (emulating real eighteenth century prose?) and tells more than shows what is going on. I think Liss walked a fine line between evoking the "voice" of older times and saying too much …
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