When he starts to change into something more—a symbol for the people to rally around—we start to get our hopes up. And I liked how the creep got his in the end. It isn't like anything I've really ever read before, it's got some action, some amusement, and some redemption. About this Item: Old Street Publishing, 2010. I found her to be the most compelling character and I thought her story was the most suspenseful.
. Library Journal Best Books 2011: Historical Fiction selection Finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Finalist for the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award Finalist for the Amazon. The nod to historical context also appealed to me, mentioning real persons of the time and even a slight gesture to involvement with Jack the Ripper. Weir does an excellent job taking us into the backstreets of London. It's not a job where one makes a great deal of headway. Is it because So was the Devil real? I really enjoyed the language and scene setting in this book, Mr. So we know Jack the narrator is a pretty shifty character—but is he the Devil? Daniel himself has an interesting past, he's a recovering alcoholic and evangelist working for the salvation of the souls of the indigent and all he meets.
Believing that he must defeat this last and greatest foe, the aging Irishman prepares to fight his way from his dark past to salvation with a righteous right hook. Customer service is our top priority!. We think, could he be a new messiah? Weir does an excellent job taking us into the backstreets of London. One I would definitely read again in the future. Jack, Daniel and Nell, the main characters juxtaposed against one another, not only in station but in their interpretation of events, are enthralling and engaging; I didn't feel put off by the changes in perspectives, except for a few jumps to minor characters whom felt less distinct. Add in a colourful supporting cast of social cast-offs, miscreants, swindlers, foul-mouthed prostitutes, and unscrupulous clergymen, and you've got yourself the beginnings of a good yarn. Let me begin by saying this is my first Amazon review.
The title character, known in boxing rings throughout the empire as The Hammer of Heaven is on a mission to save souls and get some good fighting in. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys pieces that skim the line of the supernatural. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. If you like rich characterizations, and descriptions that make you involuntarily wrinkle if not plug your nose, Daniel O'Thunder won't disappoint. The A+ cover easily got my attention. Ian Weir is a storyteller of extraordinary ability. He has married menace brilliantly with perfectly constructed Victorian England.
Chosen by The Library Journal as one of the best historical novels of 2011. At the end of the day, though, the story didn't really work for me. Victorian era carnivalesque multi-character tale about a prizefighter in London who turns preacher, seeing the Devil's work in the injustices and cruelties that are prevalent in the industrial age. Victorian era carnivalesque multi-character tale about a prizefighter in London who turns preacher, seeing the Devil's work in the injustices and cruelties that are prevalent in the industrial age. It is an evil that takes different forms and hides behind many faces, threatening everything Daniel loves most. By the time the novel reaches its dramatic conclusion, set in the Klondike during the gold rush, the story has landed in a place somewhere between dementia and the supernatural.
At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Fast-paced and gripping, comic and tragic by turns, it is a spectacular fiction debut. Jack Beresford aka Jack Hartright begins his story by telling us he is an old man now, he's recalling his life, in particular his dealings with a prize fighter named Daniel O'Thunder who wanted to call the Devil forth and face him in a fight and defeat him once and for all. It was full of slight-of-hand revelations, and twists that didn't feel forced, and only moved naturally. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Set in Victorian England with romps in the Subcontinent and the Dominion, this light, somewhat schizophrenic tale is good for sunny afternoons in the backyard. Vice it seems will be victorious.
An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Sometimes I write of the Devil, and of his activities amongst us in London some decades ago, my connection to which may grow more clear as we proceed. Daniel comes to the realization that he is battling Satan and that Satan can only be defeated one way. These unreliable witnesses recount Daniel's comeback in the ring and his growing and catastrophic influence among the downtrodden of London's gin-soaked backstreets, and also, not inconsequentially, their encounters with Lord Sculthorpe, the curious aristocrat who underwrites Daniel's boxing matches but bets against him, keeps Nell in luxury for a time, and is evil incarnate, or so we are led to believe. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Not as gritty as I would like, but it didn´t shy away from the working class and the poor.
Weir did an exceptional job of setting London, the devil, poverty, pugilism, and even his apostle's against Captain O' I really enjoyed the language and scene setting in this book, Mr. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. This novel was pure crack for me. It's a story about an ex-prize-fighter turned evangelist and humanitarian, who challenges the Devil to a winner-take-all boxing match. And to tell my story we must begin where it all began to go so wrong.
Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. The main narrator, Jack Hartwright or Beresford? Ostensibly told to us by one central unreliable narrator, the story weaves several intricately layered narratives. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. About this Item: Douglas and McIntyre 2013 Ltd. Schutzumschlag mit Gebrauchsspuren, aber vollständigen Seiten. He's is a retired soldier and boxer turned defender of t This novel was pure crack for me.
Drenched in filthy Thames waters and coiffed in muttonchops, Weir's outlandish tale is a top-shelf page-turner, with commentary on the fickle role of the writer thrown into the whole glorious, fractured mess. Jack Beresford aka Jack Hartright begins his story by telling us he is an ol I guess I missed the connection between this book and the book of Daniel in the bible. It was full of slight-of-hand revelations, and twists that didn't feel forced, and only moved naturally. But he is a character that has seen the world, seen the good and bad, done good and bad too, so you have to acknowledge that. Unlike some other books of the same period that make artistocracy the main focus and forget that the lower classes lived a life full of hardship and darkness.