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Rustication: A Novel | [Charles Palliser]

Rustication: A Novel

It is winter 1863, and Richard Shenstone, aged 17, has been sent down - "rusticated" - from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion. Addicted to opium and tormented by sexual desire, he finds temporary refuge in a dilapidated old mansion on the southern English coast inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie. Soon, graphic and threatening letters begin to circulate among his neighbors, and Richard finds himself the leading suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from vivisection to murder.
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Publisher's Summary

A vertiginous gothic masterpiece from the best-selling author of The Quincunx. Charles Palliser's work has been hailed as "so compulsively absorbing that reality disappears" (New York Times). Since his extraordinary debut, The Quincunx, his works have sold over one million copies worldwide. With his new novel, Rustication, he returns to the town of Thurchester, which he evoked so hauntingly in The Unburied.

It is winter 1863, and Richard Shenstone, aged 17, has been sent down - "rusticated" - from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion. Addicted to opium and tormented by sexual desire, he finds temporary refuge in a dilapidated old mansion on the southern English coast inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie. Soon, graphic and threatening letters begin to circulate among his neighbors, and Richard finds himself the leading suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from vivisection to murder.

Atmospheric, lurid, and brilliantly executed, Rustication confirms Palliser's reputation as "our leading contemporary Victorian novelist" (Guardian).

©2013 Charles Palliser (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dark story with twists and turns"
    Would you listen to Rustication again? Why?

    loved the story, did not like the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Was a very dark story ,no sugar coating. But a good story with twists


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    julie mobile, AL, United States 04-22-14
    julie mobile, AL, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2012

    Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

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    "A mind bender"
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    Definitely different but surprisingly engrossing. I thought the narration was good and since I like John Lee as a narrator- I am use to his pace and inflections. I thought he was perfect for this dark character and yes.... It is a Twisted story!

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    "ABSOLUTE DRIVEL."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A sadist who likes to hear in gory detail various animals being tortured and disembowelled.


    Has Rustication put you off other books in this genre?

    Definitely although I would struggle to find a particular genre to place this in.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Its not so much the narrators fault.I have heard much better having said that.


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    Disappointment and revulsion.


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    Begs the question.What on earth goes on in a particular authors mind to write something as sick as this?.

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