Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fasman, Jon: The Geographer's Library (29.05.08)

The geographer is al-Idrisi to use his short title, best known for his time at the Sicilian court of Roger II. The book has two
parts, one the present day thriller set in a small New England town and the other the story of and description of the artefacts
that make up the 'library'. How erudite and correct the latter may be is beyond me but both parts held my attention and
the cover reference to 'The Rule of Four' is well justified though the latter is rather the better of the two. Some stretches
of coincidence and the likelihood of a 30 plus good-looking female teacher bedding a somewhat callow reporter near enough
10 years younger made one wonder but an enjoyable read overall

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