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Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land (P.S.) Paperback – Bargain Price, July 3, 2006
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Author John Crowley presents Ali's story as the missing novel written by George Gordon, Lord Byron in 1816, creating a scenario in which Byron's missing manuscript is sold to finance Byron's involvement in European movements promoting Liberty and Freedom. Clear parallels exist between events in Ali's story and events in Byron's life, but Crowley also connects Bryon, through his manuscript, with the life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, Byron's estranged daughter.
In a third plot line, a web site designer, Alexandra Novak, known as "Smith," is working on a site devoted to women's science history. Georgiana, her client, purchases some papers found in a seaman's trunk which once belonged to Ada's son Byron, who ran away to sea. Georgiana shows Smith a single sheet of an unknown manuscript in Byron's handwriting, but there are many additional pages containing long columns of numbers, their importance unknown. Smith's attempts to discover the secret to the numbers, written by Ada, unfold simultaneously with Ali's story.Read more ›
"...For the Law has undoubted Majesty--and that Majesty is not diminished when we observe the Law's wig askew, or its waistcoat misbuttoned; nor in that we have seen the Law drunk at the Fair, or upon the public road..."
It's these sort of cheerful, sarcastic, offhand pleasures that make the novel-within-a-novel such a pleasure to read. And the end of that novel, the last few paragraphs, in which its title is finally explained, are some of the more oddly haunting and unexpectedly emotional paragraphs I've read in recent memory. This book is full of surprises and pleasures, large and small. (Especially look out for certainly anagrammatical secrets hidden in a few places...some characters are more than who they seem, though most readers will miss it...)
Maybe I misunderstood the premise, or the way it is described or depicted. I thought that it was a book about some people in our own time who stumble across a lost novel by Lord Byron, which was encoded somehow by the early computer scientist Ada Lovelace, his daughter, and that Crowley would include some of the novel as written by Byron. I imagined it as sort of like Aegypt, in which the modern-day sections are interwoven with excerpts from a historical novel. But that isn't really what we have here. Instead, we have the entire Byron novel, written by Crowley. Now, I'm certainly no Byron scholar, but I have read some of his poetery, and IMO, this book is nothing at all like a work by Byron. I just don't see it, even though one of the characters in the modern-day portion of the book is a Byron scholar and he tells us that the book does seem genuine. I'm sorry, but it doesn't. Crowley even quotes a few stanzas of Byron's poetry, which just highlights what a poor imitation this is. It is mentioned a couple of times that this is a "rough draft" but that strikes me as a poor excuse. Then there is the Byron novel itself.Read more ›
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I can't understand why Crowley isn't taught, lauded and magnified much more than he is. He is simply a genius, and Lord Byron's Novel achieves something grand as well as very... Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Roberta Flackwood
John Crowley's novel Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land has its origin in a famous storytelling contest. Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by Dana Huff
If Lord Byron wrote a novel, and this was how it turned out, destroying it was the best thing that could have happened. Read morePublished on April 25, 2009 by Timothy P. Stallcup
The technique of a story within a story is not new. In fact, it goes back to Sanskrit literature. Shakespeare used it effectively. Read morePublished on July 29, 2007 by John R. Lindermuth
Great idea, that wore thin after a while. I loved the parts with the lovers communicating via email about the discoveries regarding the book. Read morePublished on May 11, 2007 by M. Mellen
After reading most of the reviews about Crowley's novel, it is clear to me that the greatest misconception that one can have about this story is that it was written to be a... Read morePublished on June 23, 2006 by acatskis
A very very clever concept Mr Crowley. a novel, within a novel, within a novel!
For those unfamiliar, one of the first programming languages in data processing in the... Read more
Why was this book written? If this was an actual novel by Lord Byron, maybe the overstuffed mishmash of a plot (Doppelgangers! Duels! Zombies! War! Madness! Read morePublished on January 27, 2006 by Ian Abrams
Don't be fooled into thinking this is yet another in the recent deluge of TDVC clones trying to cash in on the prevailing fad about "code and quest" novels, because it isn't. Read morePublished on November 23, 2005 by Dai-keag-ity