The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber - Review | | BookPageAdded by 1 of our members. A distinguished Shakespearean scholar found tortured to death. A lost manuscript and its secrets buried for centuries. An encrypted map that leads to incalculable wealth. The Washington Post called Michael Gruber's previous work "a miracle of intelligent fiction and among the essential novels of recent years.
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Rate this book. An intellectual property lawyer is at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. A distinguished Shakespearean scholar found tortured to death. A lost manuscript and its secrets buried for centuries. An encrypted map that leads to incalculable wealth. The Washington Post called Michael Gruber's previous work "a miracle of intelligent fiction and among the essential novels of recent years.
In a comic thriller written with remarkable flair, successful author Michael Gruber Valley of Bones serves up an elaborately layered and devilishly detailed masterpiece in The Book of Air and Shadows. The plot revolves around an intriguing quest: the modern-day search for an unknown, unpublished and hidden play by William Shakespeare. Action begins with the discovery of a 17th-century letter along with a baffling coded message that had been hidden in the binding of an 18th-century book. An oddball cast of quirky characters sets off in search of what seems to be a controversial Shakespearean historical drama that would have changed the course of English history and the monarchy if it had been discovered by Shakespeare's contemporaries. The dramatis personae of Gruber's tour-de-force adventure include Jack Mishkin, an intellectual property lawyer and weight-lifting Lothario with plenty of family problems , two bookstore clerks Albert Crosetti, an aspiring Roman Polanski without much of a love life, and Carolyn Rolly, a dead ringer for Brigid O'Shaughnessy of Maltese Falcon fame , a couple of corduroy-clad Shakespearean scholars, a handful of NYC immigrant gangsters and more than a few unconventional family members. Filled with laugh-out-loud humor and meta-fictional satire, Gruber's literate novel intricately recursive and richly allusive in its innovative narration adroitly conflates the truths and lies of the human comedy; in fact, throughout The Book of Air and Shadows , Gruber wryly deconstructs the strange ways in which we deceive ourselves into believing things that are and perhaps ought to remain unbelievable.
Set concurrently in the 17th century and the current century, the novel is an intriguing and complex thriller based around the mystery of William Shakespeare. Jake Mishkin, a lonely and troubled lapsed Catholic intellectual property lawyer though he is generally assumed to be Jewish-American despite his Waffen SS Officer grandfather teams up with a young man, Albert Crosetti, who has taken a job at an antiquarian bookstore in the hope of saving enough to fund his studies at NYU film school. Together they hunt for Shakespeare's elusive lost manuscript. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. USA Today. Retrieved October 21,
A distinguished Shakespearean scholar found tortured to death. A lost manuscript and its secrets buried for centuries. Tap-tapping the keys and out come the words on this little screen, and who will read them I hardly know.
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New characters are added in Lord of Shadows, some likable but also others that I completely despise and that I want to see dead in book 3 like a certain loathsome, racist, bun- wearing bitch. This study guide contains the following section. The titles from each chapter are derived from the poem Dreamland by Edgar Allan Poe. The Book of Air and Shadows, an intricately crafted and literate work, should give the [ thriller] genre a good shake. The book of air and shadows summary. In other words, a complete escapist work, then The Book of Air and Shadows is for you. Gruber takes readers on a wild ride in this satisfying tale of double- crossings, murders, and intrigue.