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The Geographer's Library By Jon Fasman,

  • Title: The Geographer's Library
  • Author: Jon Fasman
  • ISBN: 9780143036623
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • The literary history suspense novel has long been a genre appreciated by a small subset of general readers It is currently enjoying a new vogue and a wider readership with the publication of such novels as The Da Vinci Code, The Rule of Four, and Codex What these books have in common, and what The Geographer s Library can also claim, is a set of characters in the here anThe literary history suspense novel has long been a genre appreciated by a small subset of general readers It is currently enjoying a new vogue and a wider readership with the publication of such novels as The Da Vinci Code, The Rule of Four, and Codex What these books have in common, and what The Geographer s Library can also claim, is a set of characters in the here and now grappling with questions about things that went on a very long time ago Another characteristic is the unearthing or explanation of objects of great value The trick is to weave these two realities together in a compelling way, one that will keep the reader involved in both stories Jon Fasman has taken a big chance with The Geographer s Library, his debut novel, setting out a complicated scenario in which a collection of priceless objects is stolen from the titular library and, eventually, scattered and re collected a thousand years later with very bad results for the final collector The geographer is a real person, Al Idrisi, a Spanish Muslim philosopher, cartographer, linguist, and scholar who served in the court of King Roger of Sicily in Palermo in the year 1154 For the most part, Fasman s risk pays off, although there is a lot of meandering before we finally get to the final revelation The wraparound story is about a young journalist, Paul Tomm, who sets out to write a simple obituary about a professor who died in his office at Paul s Alma Mater The man is Jaan Puhapaev, an Estonian perhaps, who is a terrible teacher, fires his gun out his office window twice, is odd, unavailable, and reclusive and yet is allowed to stay on for unknown reasons He also collects only 1.00 a year in salary and has no other visible means of support The core narrative is a description of the provenance and travels of each of the 15 objects some or all of which may hold the secret of eternal life stolen from Al Idrisi A professor friend of Paul s, a policemen and a curious editor all get an investigation rolling regarding what really happened to Jaan, who is he, and is he perhaps much, much older than they think Paul meets and falls for a neighbor and putative friend of Jaan s, a music teacher named Hannah Rowe, which moves the information curve upward This is the least believable part of the story it s easier to accept the alchemical power of the Emerald Tablet of Hermes than Hannah That said, Fasman does bring it all home at the end with an expository chapter and two letters A bit of a cheat, but at least the reader is neatly taken off the literary hook he has dangled on for 380 pages Valerie Ryan
    The Geographer s Library The literary history suspense novel has long been a genre appreciated by a small subset of general readers It is currently enjoying a new vogue and a wider readership with the publication of such nove

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    1. Way back when, before Grandpa was a boy 1154 AD to be precise , an Arab geographer assembled a collection of jewels, rocks, scientific instruments and tiny art objects, which he kept in a strongbox Some items even had magical properties The box was stolen, also way back then, and each item went its separate way Surprisingly, almost all the objects ended up in the hands of the Russian mob Could Putin be involved in this An obscure New England professor of obscure Eastern European origin is trying [...]

    2. I thought this book would be an intellectual thriller, but it turned out not to be much of either The interesting part of the narrative are the short descriptions of the 15 objects that make up the geographer s library These brief but vivid stand alone chapters kept me reading this book through the first 200 pages where nothing much happens I kept waiting for someone in the frame narrative to discover one of the objects, or to make some connection to the library, but that didn t happen until the [...]

    3. The Geographer s Library is a novel with two threads Every other chapter follows the story of Paul Tomm, a newspaper reporter in modern day America investigating the mysterious death of an old university professor the alternate chapters describe the origins of fifteen arcane objects thought to hold the key to eternal life So this is a present day adventure with strong historical influences, and as such has inevitably attracted comparisons with best sellers like The Da Vinci Code These associatio [...]

    4. Horrible To be fair, I stopped a little short of halfway through Seriously, this reads like a marginally talented junior high student s rough draft of a story Lot s of good ideas that go nowhere and a complete inability to properly characterize the participants that I d chalk up to a lack of maturity and life experience except I assume Mr Fasman is an adult.

    5. I bought this book filled with high hopes, since I am a lover of historical fiction My hopes were dashed and all I came away with were the following observations complaints Complaint 1 Okay, I suppose this book was supposed to be brainy with the in depth descriptions of nine hundred year old stolen artifacts and the fate of the people who had owned them Personally, I found myself skipping over the descriptions by the time I got to Ferahid s Silver Ney What did all of those disjointed facts contr [...]

    6. Smart, laid back,, almost to the point of lazy recent college grad reporter, Paul Tomm, meets Russian Albanian Estonian jewel thieves, keepers of a secret, alchemy magicians, thugs and murderers Not the kind of book that I usually read, but the title drew me in, I thought for sure it was some sort of book about a guy s library Not quite Paul is a self deprecating anti hero who gets curious after a professor at his old college shows up dead He s supposed to write an obituary, but when he can not [...]

    7. I need to read something else, not a mystery, by this author I was pleasantly surprised when bits of his writing were clever and slyly funny, especially in the main character s first person assessment of himself But the mystery aspects of this book were not great The first couple hundred pages are slow going, though interspersed with interesting vignettes about various alchemy related antiquities At first, these side stories are the most engaging part of the book, but the early stages of the plo [...]

    8. Ugh Honestly not sure how this got published I really like one character but mostly because she reminded me a woman I used to date everything is interesting and appealing in the rear view mirror The story doesn t come together at all, the characters aren t believable or interesting and the resolution is laughable Glad I m done.

    9. This is a book I salivated over before reading In the event I enjoyed it quite a lot, though it didn t fully live up to my probably somewhat overinflated expectations Paul Tomm is a junior reporter for and in fact almost the entire reportorial staff of a small town Connecticut newspaper He s told to do an obituary when reclusive and distinctly odd local university professor Jaan Puhapaev dies, and his nascent journalistic antenna goes into overdrive or whatever it is journalistic antennae do whe [...]

    10. Very interesting book I really liked the main character he just seemed completely real somehow The dialog was very down to earth and smart w a little sarcasm thrown in very much my taste I know that some readers would probably find these parts a little boring, but I actually really enjoyed reading about the different and strange objects listed throughout the book Even though the plot line was slowed a little by the many little storylines connected with these objects, I found it fascinating Like [...]

    11. I think this is a great example of wonderful concept and an execution that didn t quite match The idea is intriguing a story split between a small town newspaper reporter covering the increasingly odd death of a local college professor, and chapters about mysterious objects being collected from hiding spots all around the world, mostly in Europe The reporter stumbles into intrigue and mystery as he researches what starts off as a simple obituary Who was this professor really Where was he born Wh [...]

    12. I fell in love at the first sentence of this book I m a huge Terry Pratchett fan, and one of his quirks is the use of capitals to add grandeur to an otherwise ordinary event So when Fasman had his journalist refer to printing day as The Day the Paper Comes Out 3 I was certain this was going to be the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship Turns out I was wrong The first couple of chapters were pretty good, but once the honeymoon phase wore off the relationship soured quickly Quirks that we [...]

    13. Just out of a prestigious and fictional New England college, but without a girlfriend or a life plan, Paul takes a job as a writer for a biweekly paper in a sleepy Connecticut town When a reclusive professor from his alma mater dies, Paul is assigned his obituary and soon discovers that the professor s life and the manner of his death were not as ordinary as they seemed The chapters alternate between telling the story of Paul s investigation and recounting the history of artifacts that once belo [...]

    14. This is a story of a young reporter who, while writing an obituary for an elderly professor, stumbles on to something bigger In the course of investigating, of course a beautiful woman becomes involved, vague threats are made, and creepy mobster types lurk all over the place Every other chapter leaves the main narrative and tells the history of an object once belonging to an Arabian geographer in the service of a king.This is a really interesting premise but I think the book on the whole is fair [...]

    15. Anyone who expects a grand work of literature with a mystery like this will be disappointed This is a light read, an airport book, albeit one that has high pretensions, written by a skilled magician who conveys the excitement of the chase The faults of the main character are a little overexpressed, especially as most of the book is supposedly written from Paul s perspective The narrative layers and the brief dossiers on each of the artifacts are excellent, as are the interposed memories which ta [...]

    16. THE GEOGRAPHER S LIBRARY Amateur Sleuth International Multiple Periods PoorFasman, Jon StandaloneThe Penguin Press, 2005 HardcoverPaul Tomm is a young reporter in a small Connecticut town When a local professor dies, Paul is asked to write his obituary What starts as a simple assignment, leads to than expected and others who die Somehow tied into this are 15 priceless artifacts scattered throughout the world What started as an interesting plot, with a appealing, guileless protagonist just never [...]

    17. When this was returned to me, I had forgotten I read this already Partly because I read rather quite a bit of it when drunk, and partly because despite the semiplausible magical realism of the alchemy theme, it was still sort of forgettable And weird in an ordinary way So it s a do over.If you re looking for magical realism, try A Trip to the Stars, by Nicholas Christopher I think can t be bothered to fact check That one is pretty darn awesome despite its near equal implausibility Come on, echol [...]

    18. Every other chapter was irrelevant at least to me and it was difficult to switch from present to past The main characters were weak and underdeveloped The ending was boring BUT, it is historical fiction ish and I liked that The basis for the story was great but it could have been developed I didn t love the book but I m glad I read it.

    19. There are still seven good reading weeks left before the end of the year, but I m going to go out on a limb and say this is my favorite read of 2010 This is a strange mystery about a collection of objects all pertaining to alchemy, and collected hundreds of years ago, only to be stolen, sold off, or otherwise lost to history Fasman gives some historical background of the objects and then intersperses tales throughout the book of each individual piece, it s use, value, and known whereabouts The r [...]

    20. As mystery novels with medieval back stories go, this one is pretty inept I picked it up because, well, I like mystery novels with medieval back stories Eco nut, not going to waste my time on Dan Brown , and the author is a blogger for The Economist As is appropriate for an Economist writer, Fasman s English is articulate and pretty interesting, but the plausibility of his characters is highly variable He spends a lot of time in the plot showing off his journalist s knowledge of obscure Soviet e [...]

    21. My personal category name for this sort of book is a puzzle book They are always formulaic take one part mythical object such as the Grail, add one part secret society, then mix in bits of actual history for verisimilitude and add an icing of appealing characters They are silly but can be fun and entertaining In this, the pace is way too slow, most of the characters are unappealing, and the author lumbers the text with way too many metaphors and similes in fact, he can scarcely write a sentence [...]

    22. A very interesting premise and a great cover drew me in It started all so well with the unusual objects and a mysterious geographer who seemed to have been everywhere and living way longer than any normal person The modern day story of Paul Tomm, small town newspaper reporter, gave a nice balance to the mystery Paul sets out to write an obituary of a little known college professor and stumbles into a series of odd incidents that awakens his journalistic nose The objects of antiquity sprinkled th [...]

    23. One of the best da vinci esque books I ve read in a long time the narrative switches between a main, current story and sections that deal with different characters, times, locales, and an investigative list, that all supplement the story s mystery Some pretty interesting characters, but the main attraction was attempting to piece together where the author was going with the nonsequential portions in relation to the narrator s investigating Although the mysteries are solved in a decently climatic [...]

    24. If you re looking for a companion piece to Umberto Eco s Foucault s Pendulum, grab The Geographer s Library by Jon Fasman over The Prague Cemetery It s an engaging murder mystery revolving around alchemical objects This isn t a spoiler if you read the dust jacket The international vignettes about these artifacts provenances complement the charming characters in the present thread There is still some ambiguity by the conclusion, which is acceptable as the tone skews closer to the drollness of Tib [...]

    25. Paul Tomm is an intelligent but directionless college graduate who accepts a job as a reporter at a weekly newspaper in the small town of Lincoln, Connecticut When a professor from his college dies, he is assigned to write the obituary, but soon finds that the professor is not as quiet and calm as he seemed Soon Paul is involved in an extraordinary account of murder The story itself was a very pleasurable read, what really drew me in was my understanding of Paul because his observations and reac [...]

    26. In my continuing quest for enlightenment on the Fiction shelves of the Alameda Free Library with authors whose names begin with Fa I picked this book because the title appealed to me Started out great, but ended with the recounting of a long silly conversation in which the hero is told the facts In the end it was just another morality play about how someone gains secret knowledge, misuses it, and needs to get rubbed out Or, maybe I read this book before not sure.

    27. I had seen this title for weeks before I bought it I had a feel for a Da Vinci code style hunt for clues through the frozen soils of Russia There were buried bones and artifacts in libraries, and clues leading from one to the other The problem was I struggled to see why the effort was worth it and in the end I just thought it was wrapped up way to neatly in a fairly lame ending Not for me but I m sure it will hit the mark for others.

    28. Paul Thomm, the young journalist protagonist, is immediately compelling and likeable The book started well Initially, the vignettes, dating back centuries and presenting various esoteric tales, fascinate Later on, they become distracting and finally annoyingly parallel and dull About halfway through the book, I skipped over them.I liked aspects of this book and thought Fasman has potential the editors at Penguin didn t do their job.

    29. I loved the writing and the characters than the contrivance of the plot or the story itself I sort of enjoyed the interleaved structure of the story The imagery related to the characters was very strong The interior scene setting too was quite good A mixed bag but I d read another work of fiction by Fasman in a heartbeat Because mixed bag or not, it was a goodie bag for sure.

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