Interesting novel with some good characterizations and some that are not well developed. The narrative slows in a number of places and the denouement is telegraphed and not terribly satisfying. Some interesting aspects to it that make the novel worth reading f you are interested.
Young Mr. Smith comes to New York City from London on a mission. Many words and adventures later readers come to a surprising ending. Seemingly very popular and award-winning in the UK, I was underwhelmed and skimmed to the end.
Set in mid-1700s New York City, Francis Spufford's "Golden Hill" is an impressive recreation of a long gone age, as well as a tribute to the early British novels of Smollett and Fielding. However, Spufford spends so much time trying to capture the sights, sounds, smells, and language of the period that he neglects the plot and characters. Well, he overplots and the book is half comedy of manners and half thriller without really succeeding at either. English majors might like this. It reminded me of David Liss's books, many of which are also set in the 18th century, although I think his books are far more lively and engaging.
An interesting tale!
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