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Modern Viking hMe now like a rather lazy and old fashioned fate forer Everything else was perfect I should The Spirit of Intimacy have trusted my instinct which was that I wouldn t like another Barbara Vine book but I was fooled by the blurb saying it was a modern day take on Conrad s Secret Agent which I enjoyed immensely Now that Iave finished I can somewhat comprehend that description but while Conrad s story thrilled fascinated me this one mostly bored me It is a psychological thriller apparently that means it is about people s thoughts emotions with very little action and most of that occurring off stage The one person whose thoughts I would ave been interested in was of course the one whose thoughts and motivations are not given And that is one of my biggest complaints of all in the end there is no resolution or explanation I could ave put up with all in the end there is no resolution or explanation I could The Amory Wars, Volume 1 have put up with the character driven stuff if the plotad One Night with The Sheikh had some point view spoilerWhy did Axel want to bomb the tube Did itave something to do with Mismatch (Love Match, his sister or wase driven by some anarchist philosophy or what Family Wanted hide spoiler Iave read Ruth Rendell s novels and those under Keys to Tulsa her pen name Barbara Vine Like The Bridesmaid I found this novel uite bleak and gothic and yet also like The Bridesmaid I couldn t stop reading it The author takes us into the lives of broken families disturbed and frightened runaways and musicians who busk on the London Underground wondering if they ve thrown away their last chance to be great Along the way the reader learns a lot about the London Underground and is treated to some of the mostarrowing passages I ve ever read when some kids playing Secret Africa hooky come up with a VERY BAD WAY to pass the time I don t think of myself as someone who always indulges in the darkest of dark stories and yet what fascinated me wasow each of these characters was a train wreck in a different way pardon the expression and you just Crush (Awkward, had to find outow bad the wreck would get Pretty bad And yet there are also friendships and relationships which are lovely if melancholy Loved it The closest author out there to come close to matching Donna Tartt This book reminded me a lot of The Secret History though it s not uite as long Beautifully written and superbly If you مهارت در بازی زندگی have ever been in any underground system then you know the mystery Okay maybe it lacks theistory of London s for instance my city s underground systems The Dragon in the Clock Box has never been used as a bomb shelter but itas many similarities lost stops a schedule only a psychic can figure out a what is that smell feel an in comprehensible map You get the idea King Solomon s Carpet is book where the subway system plays an important part In fact it s the central character Don t let the blurb on the back cover fool into thinking otherwise The star of the show is neither Alice nor My Amazing Dinosaur (Tib Tumtum, her lovers It s not Tina and the kids It s not Jarvis It s the UNDERGROUND It s the threatening nature of the Underground any underground really that makes the book work It makes all users eual and itas its own rules that you don t really know until after a while And then I m sure that SEPTA my local public transit Is Using Its Underground To using its underground to forth the dreaded Schuylkill River Monster Go ahead laugh at me but when Philly is taken over by the The Nazi Revolution hideous monster flooding the tunnels ringing the Liberty and making meead of the library system we ll see whose laughing at whom then won t we Especially when we take over the cheese steak market Seriously no Philly Cheese steak is authentic unless you got it in Philly Seriously though the Underground and mood are the stars of the novel It is curiosity and familiarity that compels the reader to finish the book
Not Rendell S Best Rendell s best but not bed Shame on me but I ve never read either Ruth or er alter ego Barbara Crime fiction RR s usual genre doesn t get me excited at all But a friend recommended this and I m so glad she did First of all it s steeped in the mysteries of the Underground I m a real London Tube freak Second the lady as earned er golden daggers and whatnot Interesting conflicted characters who get their ooks into you and you want to get back to Terrific descriptive passages either of the minutae of a personally significant but seemingly trivial act or Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, heart stopping action seuences And nothing is as it seems in a very good way Strangely it doesn t start too well There s a lot of time spent on a character who isn t relevant even inindsight and allowing that the author might be aiming for thematic resonance Then there s an enormous back story dump I m not convinced we need either But persevere for once the story gets going it s terrificBravo BarbaraRuth this book s a keeper. Sper one day leads Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet him to Jarvis's wheree takes up residence seduces Alice and begins to gather details about the operation of the Underground in preparation for a cataclysmic bombing It's no shame for VineRendell to fall short of Arise her peerless model the air of foreboding is as expertly invoked as ever but the story following one misfit after another but never bringing them very much closer together even at the inevitable tolling of the schoolhouse bell lacks the momentum of Conrad or of such earlier triumphs as A Judgment in Stone Richly textured but slow moving a thriller for readers who think it's better to travelopelessly than to arrive Kirkus Revie. .
SynopsisblurbKing Solomon s Carpet is a prize winning crime classic from bestselling author Barbara VineWinner of the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award The tension grows an overwhelming sense of foreboding when the unravelling takes place it is brilliantly unexpected and original The TimesJarvis Stringer lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking a tube line compiling Archies Americana, Vol. 1 his obsessive secretistory of London s Underground His presence and The Book Thief his strangeouse draw a band of misfits into Talk to Me his orbit young Alice whoas run away from Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, herusband and baby Tom the busker who rescues Educating for the New World Order her truant Jasper who getsis kicks on the tube and Axel Whose Dark Secret Later whose secret later a
shadow over allover all their livesDispossessed and outcast those who come to inhabit Jarvis s schoolhouse are gradually brought closer together in violent and unforeseen ways by London s forbidding and dangerous Underground My takeI m fairly sure I read something from Ruth Rendell back in my schooldays so long ago in fact it probably doesn t count even if I could recall what is was which I can t King Solomon s Carpet then is my first real taste of er writingAlthough this one won the Gold Dagger back in 1991 there probably isn t an awful lot of crime within the pages It s a novel of individual characters including three generations of the one family crossing paths with others against the backdrop of the London Underground and a former schoolhouse which now serves as lodgings for some of the castInterspersed in the narrative are facts regarding the Underground its istory and evolution and expansion from its conception as one man s idea Charles Pearson a Victorian visionary A poor man is chained to the spot He The Character Of An Upright Man has not the leisure to walk ande Mr. Malcolms List has not money to ride a distance tois work I really liked this book mainly for the characters and the development of the relationships between the main players as well as the Underground GURPS Conspiracy X history lessonFamily A grandmother Cecilia affluent and a bit judgementalA daughter Tina carefree with a somewhat feckless attitude to life easy come easy go easy with the men she crosses paths withTina s two children one boy one girl The girl Bienvida perceptive toer grandmother s moods and considerate in Just One Golden Kiss her responses regardinger mother both knowing what lies both little white ones and those by omission are being toldThe boy Jasper adventurous a regular truant and addicted to the thrills of sledging on the London Underground Sledging the art of riding on a tube train s roof between stations I m curious to know if this is or was an actual phenomenon and a childhood initiation rite or if it is in fact something the author dreamt up The only real references to it that I can find send me back to this book Jasper s a free spirit like The Tyranny of Guilt his mother a pre teen with a tattooOther significant characters Alice a wife and mother who abandonser Phantom Encounters husband and young infant daughter to follower dream of playing the violinTom a busker slightly damaged and with an adjusted personality after a car accidentJarvis Stringer landlord and fervent Underground enthusiast He is to trains what Jeremy Clarkson is to cars albeit without the right wing rhetoric and polemic utteringsAxel Jonas a bit of a mystery man charming when Eat Your Way Through the USA he wants to be aloof indifferent sometimes cruel not a man to be trustedThe connections and evolving relationships drive the narrative though we doave a man with a plan that delivers a fairly explosive climax4 from 5Very enjoyable definitely I want to read from Ruth Rendell both writing as Ruth but probably not Inspector Wexford and as Barbara VineRead in January 2017Published 1991Page count 358Source owned copyFormat second My Dirty Janitor Book 4 hand paperbackhttpcol2910blogspotcouk201703 I loved the fact that someistory of the London Underground is interspersed with the plot in this novel I don t know why because I don t live in London but I ve always found stories about the tube s background fascinating The novel Stories from Spain / Historias de España has several characters all somehow connected with an old schoolouse converted into an eccentric boarding Spanish-American Short Stories / Cuentos hispanoamericanos house For me the best and easily the most affecting story was that of Cecilia ander best friend Daphne I would Broken Bear have beenappy to read that on its own When I first started reading this book I was interested then I lost my interest but kept reading and then BOOM I was Enna Burning hooked A very unusual story with a cast of misfit characters living in an old schoolhouse where the owner Jarvis rents out rooms to people in need The school is situated on a rail lines and the schoolouse shakes when the trains roll by Jarvis is obsessed with the London Transportation System aka. King Solomon's magic carpet is the London Underground running past the disused old school building that Hatter houses the most ill assorted covey that Vine Ruth Rendellas brought together since A Fatal Inversion for this updating of Conrad's novel of terrorist conspiracy The Secret Agent Tom Murray is a promising musician reduced to illegal busking in Underground stations and a sad little love affair with Paint the Wind his accompanist Alice who lefter Wayne husband and newborn baby taking onlyer violin Together with Jasper Darne another dropout from The Perfect Resume his family who likes to ride on the tops of Underground carriages and Jed Lowrie a Safeguard volunteer who's left behindis own. ,
The subway or tube system He is so obsessed that The Centurion Code he is writing theistory of the London Underground and Antropologia da Criança has travelled the world to ride on other subway systems So the novel is filled with facts about the building of the London underground which was aerculean effort and engineering marvel And is a truly fascinating Air Terisak Membelah Batu history in my mindThe underground is essentially a character in the story the underground figures prominently in all the characters lives within the novelJed lives withis beloved Canned hawk Abelard in theeadmaster s study Jed volunteers with a group of concerned citizens who ride the subways
to keep themkeep them for travellersThere is Tom living in classroom 5 a promising young musician close to getting GIFTED--2005 POETRY COLLECTION his degree whene is injured in a motorcycle accident and undergoes a personality shift due to an undiagnosed ead injury Tom busks in the tube stations with an assortment of Musicians They Are Uite they are uite but are constantly being moved on and don t make a living wageThere is Tina and er two children Jasper and Bienvida and there is Tina s mother Cecilia Cecilia doesn t live in the schoolhouse she lives nearby and it was Lisa and David Today her brother who was the original owner of the schoolhouse when it was an actual girls school and who laterung Clinton, Inc. himself with the bell rope and the bell subseuently tolledis death The bell Dvorak Keyboard has not rung since that time decades earlierTina s ten year old son Jasper spendsis days in the subway trains with a small gang of boys instead of going to school Eventually The Muslim Masquerade he becomes a subway roof surfer There is no standing up on the London undergrounde must lay flat out on the slippery roof of the train and find a way to old on as the train zooms through the thick darkness of the tunnelsThere is beautiful Alice a young woman who wants to be a concert violinist and as a tragic back story which I won t reveal as I think it s a spoiler She moves into a classroom in the schoolAnd we meet a man and a man in a bear costume who are fixtures in the underground Cecilia meets them on the train and they frighten How to Heal Your Body her and Jasper meets them in an unexpected way in a tube station Events start to move uickly and a mystery and a love affair build And all of a sudden the reader is totally caught up in what is going toappen nextThis book is uite an accomplishment when I think back on it All the characters are well drawn and there are numerous plots running concurrently involving different characters We are given a view of life through the elderly Cecilia s eyes through ten year old Jaspers and youngish adults Alice Tom and Tina All the stories become interwoven in fascinating ways Barbara Vine aka Ruth Rendell is a terrific writer and while this novel The Book of Revelation had its bumps in the beginning it was well worth the time to read I thoroughly enjoyed it and was very surprised at the ending which was satisfying This book takes the reader on a weird meandering nightmare of a journey through the eyes of a group of misfits living in a decrepit former schoolouse in North London Far creepier than the characters in A Fatal Inversion Naughty Bedtime Stories (Naughty Bedtime Series Book 2) here Vine gives us a loner who smells of rotting meat due to theawk Practical Prinkery he dotes on a violinist whoas abandoned er usband and baby daughter a narcissistic musician potentially brain damaged following a road accident and the sinister Axel Jonas who travels the tube leading a disfigured companion dressed as a bear terrorising commuters The common thread between them is Jarvis the owner of the The Art of Not Breathing house who is obsessed with and writing a book about the London Underground excerpts of which are included in the novel And that s it really There s no plot to speak of There is a dramatic denouement but it took me two thirds of the book to figure out the connections that lead to it Still I enjoyed the characters and Vine s beautiful prose It s a mystery to me that she was considered a genre writer this book particularly along with a Fatal Inversion seem to me to be literary fiction which justappen to include elements of suspense This is probably the fifth or sixth time I ve read this novel and as I age I definitely find myself getting out of it This read through I was struck by the sheer craftsmanship that went into making the elegant structure of the book With a greater understanding of adult relationships than I Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (Annie Graceland Mystery had as a teenager I saw that between Tom and Alice as far unbalanced from the start than Iad done before For me one of the best things about the novel is the relationship between Cecilia and DaphneOddly I found the ending of the novel slightly disappointing on this read only because consigning Alice to a psychiatric A Peoples Tragedy hospital at the end seems to. Family to live foris unting awk Abelard they live in a failed schoolhouse whose bell tolled for the only time in memory when the Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, headmasteranged Akshyay Mulberry Vol.One himself from its rope The school's owned by the old man's grandson Jarv Stringer who now passes the time by writing a book on the Underground and taking in waifs and strays whileis aunt Cecilia Darne Jasper's grandmother uietly declines around the corner under the variously watchful eyes of Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas her relatives ander longtime companion Daphne Bleech Palmer The apple of discord in this extended dysfunctional family is sinister Axel Jonas who rides the trains with a dancing bear actually a man named Ivan until Ja.