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The astonishing new historical novel from one of the UK's most talented literary writers It is the summer of 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 The London ePUB #10003 perversion and aberrant behaviour in all its forms Charles Webster an impoverished photographer working for famed actor manager Henry I. 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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Low and 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. 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 works terribly well Mr Edric certainly uses words and phrases effectively but the book is not exactly cluttered with dialogue and I am not sure whether there was ultimately an ending Rather like the definition of satyr in the book itself But still a creature Still something of malicious intent sexual intent something to be feared and avoided Perhaps it was too clever for me and perhaps I am at a stage now where I expect from a book For a historical novel not many historical descriptions with the exception of the transport and photographical asides The details of the navigation through the London streets and the Lyceum theatre itself were excellent Another inadvertent comment by the observer but could have been the way I felt about the book itself towards the end I had only been awake half an hour and already I felt exhausted by my small defeats Ultimately I found the story to be depressing and for that reason would not recommend to the normal crew FWFTB London sexual morality aberrant impoverished FCN Charles Webster Rogue star Marlow master manipulator Pearl as mysterious and as unreachable a figure to me as Marlow himself remained Alice Isobel

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Rving at the 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 Mar. 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


10 thoughts on “The London Satyr

  1. says:

    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 lo

  2. says:

    An interesting and thoughtful study of middle class life in late Victorian London Webster the official Lyceum photographer has a profitable s

  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

  4. says:

    I've always thought of Robert Edric as the poor man's Barry Unsworth He has moved between historical periods and genres thr

  5. says:

    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

  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 theatre to keep record of costumes has become displaced in his own home as his wife encouraged by their obnoxious surviving daughter develops her talents as a medium guided in the spirit world

  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

  8. says:

    Although this novel deals with very interesting subject matter is set in a very murky Victorian London and includes Bram Stoker Henry Irving and Ellen Terry it does not fulfill its potential I found Charles Webster the main character hard to like but perhaps this was a device of Edrics as Webster had recently lost his young daughter Caroline and perhaps he remains in a dissociative state Unfortunately Myself the reader a

  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 man

  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 peri