Confessing a Murder (Paperback) - Drayson, Nicholas

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A nameless narrator, abandoned on an island soon to be obliterated by volcanic activity, tells the story of his life and exile from England. Is this the diary of a madman? The tale is as extraordinary for its observations of a surreal natural history as for the dark twistings of human nature it reveals.

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Publisher Lightning Source Inc
Mfg Part# 9780393324440
SKU 33664956
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0393324443
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 1T
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"A remarkable debut....An intelligent, gripping, and vivid adventure: Drayson writes in an exceptionally self-assured tone that perfectly captures the spirit of the 19th century."
"The best things in the book, and they form a large part of it, are its descriptions of the plants, insects and animals....[I]t is exciting material. On the evidence of CONFESSING A MURDER, 'Nicholas Drayson' is generically neither a novelist nor a historian, but a naturalist of divine inspiration."
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Annotation The narrator of this historical novel is marooned on an island where he is able to indulge his fascination with the scarab beetle--but where he is also in mortal danger from an active volcano. The novel is presented as an anonymous manuscript found on the island, a work which influenced Darwin in devising his theory of natural selection.
Editors Note A nameless narrator, abandoned on an island soon to be obliterated by volcanic activity, tells the story of his life and exile from England. The tale is as extraordinary for its observations of a surreal natural history as for the dark twistings of human nature it reveals. His particular interest is beetles--a passion he shares, most literally, with the idolized friend of his school years, Charles Darwin--and his reckless pursuit of the golden scarab has led him to a place that mirrors the Galapagos in the utter singularity of its fauna and flora. Blood-sucking mistletoe and amphibian swallows are but two of the fantastic species he records. Is this the diary of a madman? Or is it the story of why Darwin published the book that destroyed his belief in God? Fearlessly original in conception, this tale is as extraordinary for its observations of a surreal natural history as for the dark twistings of human nature it reveals.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0304
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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