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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tonight I found out via SFScope and The New York Times that:
"Michael Cox, an authority on the Victorian ghost story who, five years ago, spurred by the threat of blindness, sat down and wrote the vast Gothic novel that had been haunting him for three decades, “The Meaning of Night,” a widely praised narrative of intrigue and murder, died on March 31 in Kettering, England. He was 60 and lived in the Northamptonshire region of England."
The Meaning of Night is just an astounding novel that will grab you from the first page and is highly, highly recommended for any lover of "Victoriana".
There is a direct sequel taking place 30 years or so later, The Glass of Time which I bought on publication and I enjoyed a lot, though it's sort of predictable for the readers of The Meaning of Night and lacks the dramatic punch of the great debut but brings to a satisfying closure the story of passion and revenge started in it.
This is the stunning line opener of The Meaning of Night that made it a buy on the spot when I opened it by chance at a bookstore a while ago and it not only became an instant classic for me, but it spurred a revival in my interest in "Victoriana", leading to the discovery of other great authors like Sarah Waters:
"After killing the red-haired man, I took myself to Quinn's for an oyster supper.."
11:40 PM | Posted by Liviu | | Edit Post