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The Never Ending Serial,
This review is from: The Last Dickens: A Novel (Paperback)
Matthew Pearl has delivered once again. I read his "Dante Club" just after finishing "The DaVinci Code" and thought it much better and more challenging. "Poe's Shadow" was even better. He now takes the same time period, 1870, to deliver the true mystery of Edwin Drood, the novel Dickens was working on when he succumbed to a stroke.
James Osgood, Dickens U.S. publisher, eagerly awaits the final six installments of the final novel and sends his clerk, Daniel Sand, to fetch the package from the docks. Daniel dies beneath the wheels of a carriage and the precious pages are seen no more. Desperate to save his publishing company, James heads off to London in hopes of finding another copy of the missing sections while the world waits to find what really happened to Edwin Drood. Rebecca, Daniel's sister and the company bookkeeper, is chosen to accompany James to London. Nice trick for Victorian American & England. Apparently Rebecca's divorce decree stipulates that she is not to have any romantic involvement for one year. I'm thinking perhaps people were a lot more naive, or trusting, in those days.
Rebecca & James bounce from Kent to London surviving griping adventures, evil doers and false hopes. If you've read "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" you'll know pretty much how this story ends. Even if not, it's a great story, well researched and told by Pearl.