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  • Hardcover
  • 213
  • The Lambs of London
  • Peter Ackroyd
  • English
  • 11 April 2018
  • 9780385514613

Peter Ackroyd Æ 2 Review

The Lambs of London Summary Ì 102 Nd from whom Charles has purchased a book But this is no ordinary book it once belonged to William Shakespeare himself And William Ireland with his green eyes and red hair is no ordinary young manIn The Lambs of London Peter Ackroyd brilliantly creates an urban world of sc. A rather strange little book for a number of reasons In the first place the eponymous characters the brother and sister authors Charles and Mary Lamb 1775 1834 and 1764 1847 respectively were not the main characters of this story That honour belonged to one William Henry Ireland 1775 1835 famous as a forger of Shakespearean articles including a complete play Vortigern and Rowena which was actually produced The majority of the book tells the tale of Ireland s attempts to foist his handiwork on an unsuspecting public That he was a contemporary of the Lambs there is no doubt whether or not he even had any dealings with them has no basis in fact As it is many facts are obscured or ignored most disturbing of all being Mary Lamb s death at the end of the book before her brother whom she actually outlived by some dozen years Eually preposterous Mr Ackroyd attributes Mary Lamb s contribution to their co authored Tales from Shakespeare a children s book which simplifies the language and plots of twenty plays to Thomas de uincey the essayist best known for his Confessions of an English Opium EaterBut this book is a work of fiction not of history or biography The conjoining of the story of Shakespeare s most infamous forger with his perhaps his most famous interpreters at least for children is a delightful and clever conceit The language is plain the descriptive exposition kept to a minimum The picture of the hurly burly of late eighteenth century London Ackroyd paints is appealing in its sualor and misery In general however I was disappointed Probably because of the title I actually expected about the Lambs though I had no previous knowledge of the story of William Ireland That could have been novel that would have stood on its own if it were fleshed out but that is not the novel Ackroyd wrote

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The Lambs of London Summary Ì 102 Mary Lamb is confined by the restrictions of domesticity her father is losing his mind her mother watchful and hostile The great solace of her life is her brother Charles an aspiring writer It is no surprise when Mary falls for the bookseller’s son antiuarian William Irela. I bought this book before travelling to London along with two others that fulfilled the criteria I had decided upon it must be a novel by an author I haven t read yet and it must feature London in the title Strange criteria to pick books I realise now and as I try to put into words what I think about this one I wonder how the other two picks Martin Amis London Fields and Iain Sinclair s London Orbital will fare Update I love hated bookLondon Fields 18830 and London Orbital has not managed to keep me within its orbit for than a page or two at a time so it is slow motion readingI started with The Lambs of London because I love 19th century London and am obsessed with the milieu of classical literature so I was convinced I would like the topic I did not know much about the historical background of the Lamb family so I read the story as pure fiction and caught up on the facts later I don t know if it had been better the other way round but as a piece of fiction I found the book rather shallow and lacking purpose and drive as well as a proper raison d tre It did not deliver any suspense or character analysis and everything unfolded with annoying predictability From the very first moment we know the forger even though it is never explicitly shown the hints are so evident that a Middle School mystery book feels subtle We have to accept his rationale for the fraud a rather exaggerated father complex that he seems to accept as a valid motive for deceit We know that the mentally weak heroine is passionately in love with the forger even though it is a complete mystery to the people she lives with as well as to herself at times I found it hard to build a reading relationship with any of the characters as they all are uite sketchy and appear on the stage one after the other without any evident red thread As for the forgeries themselves I had a hard time believing that people would have acted in that naive way even though I know that William Ireland actually did get away with forgery The way it is shown in the novel seems just too stupid Within days of the presentation of a new completely unheard of Shakespeare document they accept it as genuine despite the fact that the source remains obscure and the self proclaimed medium transmitting the new text to the admiring public is a mere bookseller The honours he receives as the finder are out of place as well Why would people want to regard him as an author just because he found a manuscript The whole drama around him is built on the knowledge the readers have of his actual identity not the perceived role as a lucky bookseller People treat him as if they instinctively know he has written the pieces but at the same time they naively proclaim their absolute certainty of the authenticity of the Shakespeare papers How is that psychologically meaningful to the reader of today It would have made sense if the character had been shown in a elaborate way but he simply appears shows his forgeries gets the world to believe in them and confesses That is it Full storyI would not necessarily recommend this book but in a way I feel compelled to try at least one Peter Ackroyd to see if I might find some ualities in his work that I didn t grasp in The Lambs of London I did that very unsuccessfully with other authors I did not like for example reading Eleven Minutes after The Alchemist or Home after Gilead

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