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The School of Night: A Novel

By Alan Wall

The School of Night: A Novel

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Started reading:
2010-10-10 19:53:35
Finished reading:
2010-10-13 07:13:54

Review

Rating: 6

Though set today, the narrator takes the reader back to Elizabethan times as he deciphers the writings of Thomas Hariot, a member of the “School of Night” secret society. The story is partly a detective story around the activities of that society and who authored Shakespeare’s plays, and partly a reminiscence and search for meaning in the narrator’s relationship with his recently deceased and closest friend. The narrative style with the cuts between past and present along with the pacing reminded me of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. The end is less a revelation than it is about how things aren’t always what they seem and the darkness all of us carry inside.

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