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"In 1960, Henry Lytten is an Oxford don who dabbles in espionage and fiction writing. Rosie Wilson is the quick-witted, curious 15-year-old girl who feeds Professor Lytten's cat. Several hundred years in the future, living in a dystopian society on the Isle of Mull, is Angela Meerson--a brilliant psychomathematician who has discovered the world-changing potential of a powerful new machine. Somewhere, sometime, is Jay--a scholar's apprentice in an idyllic, pastoral land. Who these people really are, and how their stories come together, will be revealed in Iain Pears's fascinating great puzzle of a novel."--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9780345810847
Characteristics: 509 pages ;,25 cm.


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Mar 15, 2017

Iain Pears' prose is very smooth and easy to read. There is excellent character development here too. With these two fundamentals in place, Mr Pears is off to a good start. I am not a big fan of fantasy literature, but I must say I enjoyed the part of the book set in Anterwold the most. I particularly liked the concept of the "story". The concept of having a time machine in the basement was both a bit wonky and yet charming at the same time. I found the linkage between the three parts of the book to be a bit tangled though, with some loose descriptions of past and future linkages and cause and effect. Overall, the novel is entertaining though, and in that sense it succeeds.

Jan 02, 2017

A mind-stretching panoply of increasingly suspenseful stories, which interconnect, diverge, spring against each other like literary pinball and lead the reader on a grand adventure through time. Absolutely one of the best time split/scifi novels I've had the pleasure of reading. For sheer surprise and delight, rates up there with Ready, Player One.

spl_merley Dec 11, 2016

In Arcadia Iain Pears blurs the lines between cause and effect, power and control, the real and the imagined as he takes us on a rollicking journey through alternate histories where the real battles are fought with one's wit and intelligence.

Mar 17, 2016

A dystopian future where knowledge is punished, the nuclear bomb revered and where it becomes possible to alter the past through time travel. 1960 England, during the Kennedy-Nixon US election and when the Red Scare was red hot with security services on hyper alert. A Utopian world where knowledge is sacred and fatalism accepted. Not to mention the ability to be in two places at once. All of these combine into a story that combines the best elements of science fiction and fantasy. Author Iain Pears has outdone himself with this marvelous tale where the plot lines go in directions the reader would least expect.


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spl_merley Dec 11, 2016

Realizing that her discovery allows travel not to alternate universes but to the past, Dr. Angela Meerson sees the potential for harm, destroys her research and uses her machine to escape those who would abuse her discovery by travelling into the past herself. In 1960's England Meerson meets an academic and dabbling author whose notes about a book called Arcadia she uses to create a new machine so that she can continue her research and solve the problems of the future. When a teenage girl steps through the machine and finds herself in Arcadia the collision of past, present and possible futures becomes another threat to manage. Pursued by other time-travellers, under suspicion of being a spy and plagued by the problem of her experiment with Arcadia taking on a life of its own Meerson struggles with working out the role she can play in shaping or saving the future.

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