Golden Hill

Golden Hill

A Novel of Old New York

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WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD WINNER OF THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE NAMED "NOVEL OF THE YEAR" BY THE UK'S SUNDAY TIMES "Delirious storytelling backfilled with this much intelligence is a rare and happy sight." —Dwight Garner, The New York Times "[Francis Spufford is] an author capable of making any topic, however unlikely, at once fascinating and amusing. Golden Hill is both." —The New Yorker "Nothing short of a masterpiece." —The Guardian The spectacular first novel from acclaimed nonfiction author Francis Spufford follows the adventures of a mysterious young man in mid-eighteenth century Manhattan, thirty years before the American Revolution.New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan island, 1746. One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stranger fresh off the boat arrives at a countinghouse door on Golden Hill Street: this is Mr. Smith, amiable, charming, yet strangely determined to keep suspicion shimmering. For in his pocket, he has what seems to be an order for a thousand pounds, a huge sum, and he won't explain why, or where he comes from, or what he is planning to do in the colonies that requires so much money. Should the New York merchants trust him? Should they risk their credit and refuse to pay? Should they befriend him, seduce him, arrest him; maybe even kill him? Rich in language and historical perception, yet compulsively readable, Golden Hill is a story "taut with twists and turns" that "keeps you gripped until its tour-de-force conclusion" (The Times, London). Spufford paints an irresistible picture of a New York provokingly different from its later metropolitan self but already entirely a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love—and find a world of trouble.
Publisher: 2017
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Scribner, 2017. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 3218 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781501163890

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Oct 05, 2017

Set in mid-1700s New York City, Francis Spufford's "Golden Hill" is an impressive recreation of a long gone age, as well as a tribute to the early British novels of Smollett and Fielding. However, Spufford spends so much time trying to capture the sights, sounds, smells, and language of the period that he neglects the plot and characters. Well, he overplots and the book is half comedy of manners and half thriller without really succeeding at either. English majors might like this. It reminded me of David Liss's books, many of which are also set in the 18th century, although I think his books are far more lively and engaging.

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Einer2
Oct 05, 2017

An interesting tale!

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