The Resource Kept : a Victorian mystery, D.J. Taylor

Kept : a Victorian mystery, D.J. Taylor

Label
Kept : a Victorian mystery
Title
Kept
Title remainder
a Victorian mystery
Statement of responsibility
D.J. Taylor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A talented and versatile writer, author of The Comedy Man (2001) and a biography of George Orwell (2003), Taylor presents a literary Victorian mystery that combines a Dickensian cast of characters with the dark foreboding of Poe. In a story ostensibly about a madwoman whose husband, Henry Ireland, dies in questionable circumstances, finding the killer is ancillary to a journey into the human psyche. Mr. Dixey, a naturalist whose country manse contains rare specimens of stuffed and live wildlife, also houses Henry's distraught widow: her precarious sanity is secure in protective isolation. Dixey's shady proclivities lead him to a con man whose opportunism makes financial captives of people of all classes. The novel's deliciously drawn-out pacing mirrors Victorian literature, as does the wonderfully descriptive language ("skeins of birds," "mournful in the gloaming") and sophisticated vocabulary ("encomia pronounced over his catafalque"). A refreshing lack of unbelievable coincidences reflects a more modern style: each person's story realistically demonstrates the author's conclusions about the things we collect and the people we cannot. Book groups will enjoy this one
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Taylor, D. J.
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6070.A9118
LC item number
K47 2007
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
Taylor, D.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Great Britain
  • Train robberies
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Mentally ill women
  • Poachers
  • Women household employees
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Avarice
  • City and town life
Label
Kept : a Victorian mystery, D.J. Taylor
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Originally published in a different form in Great Britain in 2006 by Chatto & Windus"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-463)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm74354149
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
463 pages
Isbn
9780061146084
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2006052101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)74354149
Label
Kept : a Victorian mystery, D.J. Taylor
Publication
Note
"Originally published in a different form in Great Britain in 2006 by Chatto & Windus"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-463)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm74354149
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
463 pages
Isbn
9780061146084
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2006052101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)74354149

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