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D his cohorts a member of the aristocracy is accused of killing a child prostitute and public outrage sweeps the capital It is the worst possible time for Webster's wife to announce she is to become a professional medium The London Satyr is a brilliant summoning of the last decade of Victorian England At a time when public morality has never been extreme nor superstition prevalent below the surface swirls a fetid and ever uickening current of perversity and exploitation From the Trade Paperback edition. I really wanted to like this novel as I love anything set in the Victorian era but I found it disappointing than anything There are just too many books about Victorian mediums and I ve also seen the develeopment and use of photography dealt with in a immediate and interesting wayI felt that the book was still getting going right till the end and I kept waiting for it take flight to no avail The protagonist was just too passive for me always on the edge of events and never seeming to be changed by themMay be of interest to fellow lovers of the Victorian setting but just too passive and anaemic for my tastes

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The astonishing new historical novel from one of the UK's most talented literary writers It is the summer of 1891 and London is simmering under an oppressive heatwave The air is thick with tension and sexual repression But another wave is about to rock the capital one of morality as Oliver Wheeler and the puritans of his London Vigilance Committee seek out perversion and aberrant behaviour in all its forms Charles Webster an impoverished photographer working for famed actor manager Henry Irving at the. I had to read this for my book group I set out with a will wondering why I hadn t before come across this author of 20 books who d received such glowing reviews from the broadsheets But such action as there is takes place elsewhere while the unlikeable protagonist has interminable conversations with unlikeable people Gradually I lost hope that he would do anything other than inconclusively analyse every last little thing said to him and make unspoken judgements of his family From page 170 I began to speed read He didn t and nothing happened A minor annoyance is the author s habit of supplying three words or phrases where one would do suffice be enough Perhaps some of Robert Edric s novels are better than this but I won t be reading another

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Lyceum Theatre has been sucked into a shadowy demi monde which exists beneath the surface of civilized society It is a world of pornographers and prostitutes corralled under the sinister leadership of master photographer and manipulator Marlow to whom Webster illicitly provides theatrical costumes for pornographic shoots But knowledge of this enterprise has somehow reached the Lyceum's upright theatre manager Bram Stoker who suspects Webster's involvement As the net appears to tighten around Marlow an. This novel is centered around an impoverished photographer in 1981 London who is sucked into a less than civalized world of pornographers and prostitutes within a colourful theatre backdrop What exsists beneath the surface of sophisticated society comes as an overwhelming experiance to both the main character and the reader in all its vividly illicit and stark realism of the age It is a sharply written tale of the hardships poverty and understandings of life and how the other half work and live within an age of sexual repression and those who are eager to go in search of peversion and aberrant behaviour in every form As the saying goes all that glitters is not gold applies with somewhat ironic moments The atmosphere is starkly realistic and potent and a moment within time that i lost myself within due to the engrossing storyline So beautifully desciptive and brilliantly real i found myself able to clearly picture the era and its surroundings It was a character driven tale full of action and suspense where you end up sitting on the edge of your seat unsure of what is going to happen next Temptation longing and desire is cleaverly entwined within an intreguing plot and one that is thoroughly engaging This novel was esuisitly well written and without being over the top in regards to explicit or distatefull description that balance between showing the reader what it was like and overdoing it was just perfectly done Anyone who apreciates really meaningful and classy fiction with a twist will apsolutely love Robert Edric s new book that is a highly enjoyable and interesting read Out of all of Edric s previous works this one by far stands out by its origionality uniueness and readability that is a masterful debut expressing literary skill and cleaver genious

  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • The London Satyr
  • Robert Edric
  • English
  • 20 September 2018
  • 9780857520005

About the Author: Robert Edric

Robert Edric b 1956 is the pseudonym of Gary Edric Armitage a British novelist born in Sheffield



10 thoughts on “The London Satyr

  1. says:

    I had to read this fo

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    An

  3. says:

    I am a recent convert to Robert Edric and picked this one out because he was the author It is the story of London theatre world in the late 18

  4. says:

    I've always thought of Robert Edric as the poor man's Barry Unsworth He has moved between historical periods and genres throughout his careeryet he never uite gets the most out of anything despite his years of experience There is a blandness to his style and a tin ear for the figurative that here might be attributable to his first p

  5. says:

    This novel is centered around an impoverished photographer in 1981 London who is sucked into a less than civalized world of pornograph

  6. says:

    At the heart of the narrator's situation is a commonplace of the times the loss of a child to illness Yet the devastation for the parents is not diminished by that ordinariness Charles Webster a photographer employed at the Lyceum th

  7. says:

    C2011 Thanks to the publisher for sending this book The author has made his protagonist a passive observer standing on the periphery of both his domestic and professional life eg “I saw the affection between them in every small transaction” This has the effect of putting the reader at arms length which I am not sure w

  8. says:

    Although this novel deals with very interesting subject matter is set in a very murky Victorian London and includes Bram Stoker Hen

  9. says:

    I really wanted to like this novel as I love anything set in the Victorian era but I found it disappointing than anything There are just too many books about Victorian mediums and I've also seen the develeopment and use of photography dealt with in a immediate and interesting wayI felt that the book was still getting going right till the end and I kept waiting for it take flight to no avail The protagonist was just too passive for me always

  10. says:

    I found this book to be a huge disappointment Edric creates fascinating characters but nothing happens Seriouslythe entire book consists primarily of self conscious conversations which supposedly teem with all sorts of unspoken meaning but which change nothingIn addition for me at least the novel failed to evoke the Victorian period in any real way The protagonist could have been living pretty much anywhere at any time Rarely do

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