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A Fifth of November

by Paul West

  • ISBN: 9780811214674
  • ISBN10: 0811214672

A Fifth of November

by Paul West

  • List Price: $25.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
  • Publish date: 05/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780811214674
  • ISBN10: 0811214672
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Description: In his nineteenth novel, A Fifth of November -- perhaps his most accomplished work to date -- Paul West describes the events surrounding the English Gunpowder Plot (1605). Instigated by thirteen Catholic conspirators, most famously Guy Fawkes, the Plot was a failed attempt to blow up the English Parliament building and all within, including King James I. Catholics and priests were then ever more brutally persecuted throughout the country. At the heart of West's novel is the superior of the English Jesuits, Father Henry Garnet, hiding in tiny holes behind the walls of English mansions, left on his own, prompted by his sexual urgings, tormented by the smell of ham and eggs cooking, and debating in his mind God's ultimate righteousness. Shielding him from harm -- but also prolonging his discomfort -- is the eloquent and melancholy noblewoman, Anne Vaux. A Fifth of November follows Garnet, from when he first hears of the plot -- the conspirators have confessed their plan to him, what is his responsibility? -- to his pilgrimage to Wales, his escape to Hindlip over the English plains, and ultimately his imprisonment in the Tower of London. All along, the figures who partake of this historical moment are brightly, often horrifically, drawn. West tackles -- through rhapsodic language, brilliant characterizations, and historical precision -- that most inevitable of topics: human evil.
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