[ Epub ] ❦ Derby Day Author D.J. Taylor – 1sm.info

Derby Day I had mixed feelings about this Booker nominated novel I was initially quite excited to read it Historical fiction set in the Victorian era with a mystery thrown in What s not to like And indeed, there s certainly something very mature and polished in Taylor s writing, with the style approximating late Victorian writing rather closely But the similes and metaphors that were at first so entertaining with their wittiness soon grew rather tiresome, as there is too much in the same style For e I had mixed feelings about this Booker nominated novel I was initially quite excited to read it Historical fiction set in the Victorian era with a mystery thrown in What s not to like And indeed, there s certainly something very mature and polished in Taylor s writing, with the style approximating late Victorian writing rather closely But the similes and metaphors that were at first so entertaining with their wittiness soon grew rather tiresome, as there is too much in the same style For example, the sentence The rain fell in torrents around him, driving into his face as he marched, but it could not be said that he noticed it is good and well in itself, but when the phrase it could not be said that is used a zillion times throughout the book, it loses its effect Another trick that Taylor overuses is the idea that nobody knew or only a certain someone knew but certainly not the reader, no no E.g Quit This book is written in a very fun and engaging way and you will most likely have a rollicking good time while reading it Having said that, I could not escape a feeling at the end that there was no there there Entertaining but ultimately I suspect forgettable But the ride is thoroughl Ahhhh Victorian novels What don t I love about them Certainly not their size Those Victorians wrote some chubby books God bless them The time period, the plots, I love it all Every once in a while you find a contemporary writer who can produce a Victorian novel The Quincunx by Charles Palliser, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber come to mind Now add to that list Derby Day by D.J Taylor The heroes of Derby Day are author D.J Taylor for writi Ahhhh Victorian novels What don t I love about them Certainly not their size Those Victorians wrote some chubby books God bless them The time period, the plots, I love it all Every once in a while you find a contemporary writer who can produce a Victorian novel The Quincunx by Charles Palliser, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber come to mind Now add to that list Derby Day by D.J Taylor The heroes of Derby Day are author D.J Taylor for writing this novel and the novel s object of desire, a racehorse named Tiberius This horse I enjoyed reading this but am not quite sure what to make of it It s billed as a Victorian mystery but didn t really seem to contain many elements of a mystery to me as it s a fairly straightforward story of misdoings in the horse racing world It s written in some kind of Victorian style which I don t know enough about to talk about I don t know whether it s a pastiche or satire or something else like that It s an entertaining enough story on the surface but I suspect I am missing the dep I enjoyed reading this but am not quite sure what to make of it It s billed as a Victorian mystery but didn t really seem to contain many elements of a mystery to me as it s a fairly straightforward story of Surely we are living in a new Silver Age of the Victorian sensational novel, and long may it continue There have been many superlative entries in this happily revived genre the works of Caleb Carr, Sarah Waters, Michael Cox and Clare Clark come to mind but D J Taylor seems to have set the gold standard with Derby Day Part mystery, part crime novel and utterly a suspense thriller, it owes much to its many Victorian models the works of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, th This is a skilful and subtly ironic re working of a Victorian novel The main difference is that the plot, centring round the betting and speculation on horses leading up to the Epsom Derby is tightly controlled with very few digressions, except where the author wants to set the scene especially that of Derby Day itself, which uses the panoramic painting by Frith for inspiration There are obvious and intentional echoes of Dickens and other Victorian novelists in the characters and description This is a skilful and subtly ironic re working of a Victorian novel The main difference is that the plot, centring round the betting and speculation on horses leading up to the Epsom Derby is tightly controlled with very few digressions, except where the author wants to set the scene espec If you loved Bleak House and other Dickens novels, you will enjoy Derby Day Taylor presents a cast of characters who are all interconnected by a horse Tiberius, who is destined to run the race at Epsom in 1866 Taylorplays homage to Dickens and I enjoyed the novel immensely. As The Shadows Lengthen Over The June Grass, All England Is Heading For Epsom Downs High Life And Low Life, Society Beauties And Whitechapel Street Girls, Bookmakers And Gypsies, Hawkers And Acrobats, Punters And Thieves Whole Families Stream Along The Surrey Back Roads, Towards The Greatest Race Of The Year Hopes Are High, Nerves Are Taut, Hats Are Tossed In The Air This Is Derby Day.For Months People Have Been Waiting And Plotting For This Day Even In Dark November, When The Wind Whistles Through The Foggy London Courts, The Alehouses And Gentlemen S Clubs Echo To The Sound Of Disputed Odds In Belgrave Square Old Mr Gresham Is Baffled By His Tigerish Daughter Rebecca, Whose Intentions He Cannot Fathom In The Clubs Of St James S Rakish Mr Happerton Plays Billiards With His Crony Captain Raff, While In Darkest Lincolnshire Sad Mr Davenant Broods Over His Financial Embarrassments And Waits For His Daughter S New Governess Across The Channel The Veteran Burglar Mr Pardew Is Packing His Bags To Return, To The Consternation Of The Stalwart Detective Captain McTurk Everywhere Money Jingles And Plans Are Laid Uniting Them All Is The Champion Horse Tiberius, On Whose Performance Half A Dozen Destinies Depend.In This Rich And Exuberant Novel, Rife With The Idioms Of Victorian England, The Mysteries Pile High, Propelling Us Towards The Day Of The Great Race, And We Wait With Bated Breath As The Story Gallops To A Finish That No One Expects. I give this a two with reservations it significantly undershot my expectations Taylor s earlier novel, Kept, was brilliant This was a lot of polish and pizazz without much of a book underneath Glitzy, schmaltzy writing that could never make me care about what was happening The subtitle is a misnomer Unless I really misunderstood the whole book, there is no mystery The reader is well informed at all points in the straightforward story So well, in fact, that I thought I must be missing som I give this a two with reservations it significantly undershot my expectations Taylor s earlier novel, Kept, was brilliant This was a lot of polish and pizazz without much of a book underneath Glitzy, schmaltzy writing that could never make me care about what was happening The subtitle is a misnomer Unless I really misunderstood the whole book, there is no mystery The reader is well informed at all points in the straightforward story Having finished Derby Day, I can say that it s a solid detective story in the vein of Dickens, with a cast of dozens of colorful British charactersa governess, a spurned blue stocking wife, a sporting man who s a cad, old lawyers, canny housemaids, etc The writing was engaging enough th


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