While true, this is hardly a revelation. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: Books could be published without an author's permission with extraordinary ease. Pearl's vividly descriptive and energetically plotted novel churns and charms with intriguing literary history, acid social critique, witty dialogue, and delectably surprising and diabolical reversals and betrayals. The reader tumbles headlong into the world being created, borne across the land and sea by Pearl''s intricate narrative and expressive prose. I loved that Pearl kept with the buccaneer spirit of the novel by making the manuscript one by Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island.
A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses, and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. A delightful and inventive tale of an itinerant bookseller, push car and all, is told to a literature loving railroad porter and moves at a snail's pace. On the island of Samoa, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel. An adventure at the ends of the earth. Fergins soon discovers the supreme thrill of aiding Davenport in his quest to steal Stevenson s manuscript and make a fortune before the new treaty ends the bookaneers trade forever. Pearl's book will delight the Dante novice and expert alike. But the more I thought about it, the more I began to wonder about the lines we draw between borrowing books and stealing them.
It is nothing short of a page-turning journey to the heart of a lost era. A young man named Clover commutes by London train each day. Have you ever wondered about the history of publishing in history? His other books include The Poe Shadow and The Last Dickens. These bookaneers are the stuff of legend for book lovers everywhere, just as swashbuckling and bigger-than-life as any buccaneer. Fergins soon discovers the supreme thrill of aiding Davenport in his quest: to steal Stevenson's manuscript and make a fortune before the new treaty ends the bookaneers' trade forever.
Over the past 8 years World of Books has seen the inventory grow from 1000 to over 1 Million books in stock. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning - and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: Books could be published without an author's permission with extraordinary ease. There were a lot of things I liked about this book. What resulted was the plundering of literature on both sides of the Atlantic.
His books have been New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers translated into more than 30 languages. The feeling of being lectured by the characters. The story evolves as Edgar Fergins, an English bookseller imparts the history of bookaneers beginning in 1790 and the first American laws that governed copyrights that left out foreign authors, causing foreign countries to withdraw the protection of American authors. I suspect that this style may not appeal to everyone - the denseness of narrative, the beautifully crafted descriptions, and the sly wit that was often used by authors like Dickens and Stevenson to shed light on what they perceived as an injustice may seem plodding to some — but for those of us who love the classics and for those very reasons, this is definitely an exciting tale of swashbuckling derring-do. Parts of it I found interesting and other parts I found less applicable but over all it was fine and necessary to the story.
All of our items are checked for quality before they go on sale and we like to think that our prices mean that no item is beyond your budget. This leads to a story that centered on lies and deception, with vengeance and guilt not far from the surface. He does justice to both. Soon after, another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the city. Some of his prior Historical Thrillers involved Charles Dickens, Edgar Alan Poe and Dante. A golden age of publishing on the verge of collapse.
A must read for anyone who loves reading and appreciates the long-standing history and tradition of book-reading! I loved that Pearl kept with the buccaneer spirit of the novel by making the manuscript one by Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island. But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse. As countries moved toward an international agreement on copyright laws in the last quarter of the 19th century, the livelihood of bookaneers was threatened with extinction. This novel mixes historical and fictional characters and is a very clever literary thriller. The premise was really interesting, but in the execution there was something that didn't really work out. The relationship between Pen Davenport and Edgar Fergins seems the self-conscious shadow of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. I loved that the novel started in England and quickly exited to a new exotic location.
Publishers resorted to hiring covert agents to scour the world for manuscripts in the hope of publishing important items first. As the novel opens, Fergins is in New York to give evidence in a trial of literary piracy. Sucks that it has to be less than 100 pages before the book concludes, but I get that the payoff may have been that satisfying because of the methodical backstory he established earlier. Not too long ago I read which tells the story of Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson from Fanny's view. Are you a book enthusiast? Quite a task for the late 1880s! But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse. Since Stevenson had moved to Samoa, he was a prime target. The plot continuously shifts and offers numerous surprises.