This is a "big read" -- a mystery with the 19th century flavour of Wilkie Collins or Dickens. Steeped in period detail and sustained suspense, it follows the life of young John Huffam as he seeks to unravel the dark secrets of his family's past. Somewhere in the underworld of pre-Victorian London lie the clues of the title's strange five-sided figure.
Not intended for casual reading, this novel is long, and the story-telling complex. It is however, a rewarding read for those with the perseverance to see it through. This is the sort of story where things go from bad to worse for the protagonist, and just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. But stick in there, because redemption and justice is inevitable.
One thing I really enjoyed was the author’s narrative style. I found it interestingly grandiose, particularly hi s personification of concepts, such as Equity and Justice.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this novel. I chose this title because it has been touted as Dickensian. To me, it is a parody of Dickens and not a very funny one.
Briefly: our protagonist, John, stands to inherit an estate. The inheritance is not so straightforward. A court case to rival Jarndyce v Jarndyce, several potential heirs, and a series of improbable misfortunes stand in the way of John’s inheritance.
Oh my! So many characters, so many missteps, and so many pages! I can’t believe that I read the whole thing!
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