|Publisher||:||Scatti August 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||286 Pages|
|File Size||:||992 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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I couldn't like this book, it just plain dragged in a lot of places, and seemed not to be able to decide what it was. This book would have been better for being about half the length. The problem is that the story is told from the point of view of one of Charles Dickens' contemporaries, a less famous author, who learns about the mysterious figure "Drood". There are masses of biographical information, both of Dickens and his contemporaries, and I assume that Simmons has done his homework, but a lot of it is just dry facts, and not particularly interesting to the story itself. I can't help but think that if Simmons had written a straight biography that it would have been both a more readable book and of considerably better quality. As so often happens with these mixed books, the reader is never quite sure what is Important Historical Fact, and what is invented. Suffice to say that by half way though I was spending a lot of time looking at my watch and wondering when it would get to the point. I would suggest that if you buy the book and have the same feeling that you put the book away, because the ending is nothing special.
"Terror" was a book that fascinated me in many ways and one that I thought of as being on a much higher level of quality than other books by Dan Simmons I had read so far. Therefore, ever since I learned that there would be a new book by Dan Simmons, I was curious to see whether the author would keep up the excellent quality of his work in "Drood". I was stunned to discover that in fact he did. He at least equalled "Terror".The atmosphere of "Drood" is absolutely fascinating. Never, not one single page, did a have a feeling of being bored. I was instantly drawn into the plot of the story and the only time I would stop reading was when I was forced to do so by far less interesting activities such as "sleep" or "work". It is one of these special books where you instantly forget the rest of the world around you and where you dive completely into the fictitious world of the plot. When reading you feel as if you are right in Victorian England standing, walking, living just right next to Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.Once again, just as in Simmons's earlier work "Terror", the author fascinates his readers with a skillful mixture of fact and fiction and a marvellous blend of different genres which inter alia includes elements of horror, historic and detective narratives.I once again applaude Dan Simmons's creativity in structuring the book. The story is not always linear, includes flashbacks, lots of twists and it changes its pace very often between rapid excitement and tension, commonplace events in Dickens's or Collins's life and an ample portion of inner monologue and inner plot in Wilkie Collins's mind. The narrative is told from the perspective of Wilkie Collins's memoirs which he wrote down intending to reveal it to the public not earlier than more than a century after his demise. We, the readers of "Drood" in the year 2009, are therefore the first ones to read these memoirs which often include plenty humour when Collins tries to picture what the world in our present time and therefore his distant future would be like.It is an outright pleasure to read the language Dan Simmons uses with whose employment he manages perfectly to transfer the reader to the appropriate time of the plot. It is unerring and never once does it slip into an improper historical style.The characters are wonderfully drawn, in particular of course Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens. Their depiction is elaborate and they are multidimensional with numerous good and bad character traits which is just superb considering how often especially the latter aspect is lacking in so many books.Dan Simmons offers a delicacy for readers who also read "Terror" in that he refers to the Franklin Expedition in the story. As in all books I read by him he also includes a reference to Edgar Allan Poe which I appreciate deeply as a staunch admirer of the great author.Both of his two latest books "Drood" and "Terror" outshine by far all of Dan Simmons's previous work that I read. I think he developed tremendously in the course of time and it is the greatest of pleasures to witness this author on his tentative peek of skill.
Mit diesem Roman kann Dan Simmons einmal mehr überzeugen. Eine Geschichte über Charles Dickens, erzählt aus der Sicht seines langjährigen Kollegen Wilkie Collins, der weitaus weniger bekannt ist als Dickens selber.Simmons verbindet in sprachlich wunderbarer Weise (ok... das dürfte bei Simmons wohl wirklich nicht überraschen) Biographisches mit Schaurigem.Besonders der Tempuswechsel auf den letzten beiden Seiten ins Futur bildet einen tollen Abschluss des Buches. Die Figur des Drood zieht sich durch das gesamte Buch (ist vergleichbar mit dem "Eismonster" in The Terror) und bleibt immer geheimnisvoll.Drood ist ein spannender, literarisch anspruchsvoller (man bekommt auch Lust unbekanntere Werke von Dickens, aber auch Bücher von Collins zu lesen) , biographischer Kriminal - Gruselroman, den man gelesen haben muss. Simmons Angewohnheit (sehr lange) Zusätze in Klammern zu schreiben tun der Genialtät des Werks keinen Abbruch!