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- Print Length: 212 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (February 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 24, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T72F3WC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest (The James Pibble Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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After a chapter, I still was unable to follow what the author was saying. I will blame this all on ME. I have a hard time reading the King’s English. I am WAY to American to understand the words even though they are English.
I got the detective’s name and his cronies’ names as well. What I had a hard time with was the rest of it. It was like reading a new language that you had only been speaking/reading for a month or so.
I do not fault this book or this author. I blame me totally. I have tried reading other British-written books and it is the same way with those. My recommendation is if you aren’t comfortable with England’s English, try another book. If you are, I feel this will be a great read.
The metaphor of The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest permeates the novel. What can a person truly know of another group when they are an outside observer? What do we know of the internal life of ourselves and our loved ones? What are humans capable of, given sufficient motivation? Why was Aaaron Ku murdered?
Peter Dickinson is an articulate writer, fluently expressing Inspector Pibble's observations, reactions, questions and hypothetical meanderings as he seeks to understand the Ku's and solve the murder.
I would highly recommend The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest to any lover of classic, psychologically driven mystery. I believe it would also interest anthropology students, because although fictional, it is a study of human nature. It is a delight to see The Glass-Sided Ant's Nest return to print.
I received a copy of The Glass-Sided Ant's Nest from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Enter Detective Superintendent Jimmy Pibble. The novel’s title comes from one character’s comparison of the Ku clan in London to a glass ant farm through which a child can observe the ants scurrying in their daily activities. And, indeed, the London house has been remodeled into a Ku sanctuary of sorts, with different large, spacious rooms serving as separate “huts” and tropical foliage everywhere. Author Paul Dickinson provides Pibble — and us — a window into a group trying to assimilate 5,000 years of progress.
Author Peter Dickinson lards the novel with unforgettable characters: Dr. Eve Ku, the Scottish-born anthropologist who marries into the tribe; her husband and former houseboy Paul, who joins his wife in straddling both worlds; Eve’s father, the Reverend Dr. John Mackenzie, a missionary revered by the tribe but who held some very odd, syncretic ideas about proselytizing; Robin, a 14-year-old boy with one foot in the world of Ringo Starr and another in the world of jungle drums from that abandoned New Guinean island; the selfish, smug, self-aggrandizing Bob Caine, who thoughtlessly nearly wipes out the tribe; and not least, the jaded, conflicted Pibble himself.
As cliché as it sounds, The Glass-Sided Ant’s Nest really is a novel like no other. How wonderful to see that Open Road Integrated Media is re-issuing the 1968 CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning novel (and 1969 Edgar Award finalist) that began the six-novel Pibble series.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I received this ebook free from NetGalley and Open Road Integrated Media in return for an honest review.
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