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By Charles Palliser | Comments: ( 704 ) | Date: ( Jan 27, 2020 )

A vertiginous gothic masterpiece from the best selling author of The Quincunx.Charles Palliser s work has been hailed as so compulsively absorbing that reality disappears New York Times Since his extraordinary debut, The Quincunx, his works have sold over one million copies worldwide With his new novel, Rustication, he returns to the town of Thurchester, which he evoA vertiginous gothic masterpiece from the best selling author of The Quincunx.Charles Palliser s work has been hailed as so compulsively absorbing that reality disappears New York Times Since his extraordinary debut, The Quincunx, his works have sold over one million copies worldwide With his new novel, Rustication, he returns to the town of Thurchester, which he evoked so hauntingly in The Unburied.It is winter 1863, and Richard Shenstone, aged seventeen, has been sent down rusticated from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion Addicted to opium and tormented by sexual desire, he finds temporary refuge in a dilapidated old mansion on the southern English coast inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie Soon, graphic and threatening letters begin to circulate among his neighbors, and Richard finds himself the leading suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from vivisection to murder.Atmospheric, lurid, and brilliantly executed, Rustication confirms Palliser s reputation as our leading contemporary Victorian novelist Guardian.


  • Title: Rustication
  • Author: Charles Palliser
  • ISBN: 9780393088724
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Charles Palliser

Charles Palliser born 1947 is an American born, British based novelist He is the elder brother of the late author and freelance journalist Marcus Palliser.Born in New England he is an American citizen but has lived in the United Kingdom since the age of three He went up to Oxford in 1967 to read English Language and Literature and took a First in June 1970 He was awarded the B Litt in 1975 for a dissertation on Modernist fiction.From 1974 until 1990 Palliser was a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow He was the first Deputy Editor of The Literary Review when it was founded in 1979 He taught creative writing during the Spring semester of 1986 at Rutgers University in New Jersey In 1990 he gave up his university post to become a full time writer when his first novel, The Quincunx, became an international best seller He has published four novels which have been translated into a dozen languages.Palliser has also written for the theatre, radio, and television His stage play, Week Nothing, toured Scotland in 1980 His 90 minute radio play, The Journal of Simon Owen, was commissioned by the BBC and twice broadcast on Radio 4 in June, 1982 His short TV film, Obsessions Writing, was broadcast by the BBC and published by BBC Publications in 1991 Most recently, his short radio play, Artist with Designs, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 21 February 2004.He teaches occasionally for the Arvon Foundation, the Skyros Institute, London University, the London Metropolitan University, and Middlesex University He was Writer in Residence at Poitiers University in 1997.In 1991 The Quincunx was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters which is given for the best first novel published in North America The Unburied was nominated for the 2001 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.Since 1990 he has written the Introduction to a Penguin Classics edition of the Sherlock Holmes stories, the Foreword to a new French translation of Wilkie Collins The Moonstone published by Editions Phebus, and other articles on 19th century and contemporary fiction He is a past member of the long running North London Writers circle.From



Comments Rustication

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”You foolis old bitch when your husband was a rich cannen you thoht you were better than everiboddy. Everiboddy laffin at you no Your hor darter is getten fucked every day and everiboddy know it. They all know it xcpe you. dont be proud the erls nevys grinding her. he sticks his dick werever he can men boys women girls cows sheep goat monkies. Even that wite corps Eenid. Damn his eyes. Hes done wrong to me and mine and I wont deny that I arent the man to give him a good thrashing.”The Harroe [...]


  • karen

    ten years after he wrote The Quincunx, a nearly 800-page book with really small type, charles palliser returns with this one - a 217-page book which looks like this on my nook:so on the one hand, it's like COME ON, PALLISER!! FIT MORE WORDS IN THERE!!and on the other hand, it is a perfectly good book that shows his facility with historical fiction and an unreliable narrator who keeps the secrets from the reader by going off half-cocked in about eighteen different directions as he tries to figure [...]


  • Diane S ☔

    Love Gothic toned novels and this was a new author for me so I did not know what to expect. Loved it, it is not scary but is very suspenseful, a winding puzzle, and many characters that are unlikable. Our main character is a young man who has been sent down from college he, has been rusticated, for reasons he feels it is in his best interests to keep secret. He is a very unreliable narrator, addicted to opium, obsessed with sex, well that covers just about every nineteen yr, old. so not unexpect [...]


  • Jim

    Palliser has written a tale that is interesting as a period piece, set in 1860’s England, but I can’t say much else positive about it. The story is told via a series of journal entries written by a young man named Richard Shenstone between December 12th, 1863 and January 13th, 1864. I found RUSTICATION to be unwholesome, tedious and without any redeeming characters. The author of the journal is a seventeen year old opium smoker who has been rusticated from Cambridge and has sexual fantasies [...]


  • Ron Charles

    Getting suspended from college is a bummer.Coming home to find your mom and sister have moved into the House of Usher is worse.But that’s not the only problem facing 17-year-old Richard, the feverish narrator of “Rustication.” Richard’s father has just died, deeply in debt, amid rumors of unspeakable acts. His tubercular mother has a tenuous claim on an inheritance, but until that judgment comes through — any day now, surely — the family huddles around a fading fire in a decaying man [...]


  • Suzanne

    A fantastic read until the last 1/4, where it sputters and spits away to nothing. The ending was extremely disappointing. What attempts to pass for mystery and intrigue seems more hurried than anything else. I was disgruntled with the way the story was wrapped up. ETA: there is not a single likable character in the book save one, and I might be wrong about her. I wanted to like this, and it had such promise, but in the end it was just mediocre.


  • A B

    Loved it, loved it, loved it. I had to write that three times to convey my enthusiasm. Rustication is a delightfully creepy mystery narrated by a complex young man who has been sent home from Cambridge under mysterious circumstances.Instead of settling in at his family home in Thurchester, Richard finds that his mother and sister have relocated to an embarrassingly shabby house in a depressing hamlet. Former friends shun the family. His mother wastes what little money the family has left in the [...]


  • Elizabeth

    Highly stylized, atmospheric, and puzzling read about a young man with secrets of his own. It was all quite tawdry. Those repressed Victorians you know.Also, since you are visiting you might want to check out Karen's review. She liked it more than I did.


  • Bettie☯

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  • Margaret

    Do not plan on getting anything else done while you are reading this. That is as it should be.


  • Nina

    Stunning little thing, this one.Puzzling, mesmerising, disquieting and incredibly atmospheric all the way through - basically the kind of thing that will not leave you alone until you're done with it, and after that too. Apart from being incredibly gripping, it is also extremely well written - word-wise and plot-wise and character-wise - and the historical period is exquisitely rendered.I can't wait to read The Quincunx, because from what I understand it's more of the same, and this stuff is del [...]


  • Amanda

    *I received this book as an ARC through a giveaway.*I wanted to like this book, I really did. First off, Charles Palliser is an excellent writer, that is evident right off from the first few pages. His tone is engaging, a bit formal but elegant. I haven't read any of his other books, but he is clearly talented and I would gladly give any of his other works a try.But this one.t thing that drove me crazy: the dialogue was only printed in italics, no quotation marks used anywhere! It was so bizarr [...]


  • Michael Dodsworth

    RusticationCharles PalliserWhenever I read Charles Palliser I think of edifices. His books call to mind that memorable remark made by Ian Rankin in his novel ‘Knots and Crosses’ ‘that Edinburgh was all appearances’ a city ‘of fur coats and no knickers’. Palliser’s edifices are like that; whether they are Architectural, Social or Moral, invariably they are to be found woven together into a rich texture creating a facade behind which the true fabula can flourish. This penetralia o [...]


  • Jane

    One day I shall read ‘The Quincunx’, Charles Palliser’s much lauded, neo Victorian debut novel; but it’s such a very big book that I know that I have to save it until I can give it the attention that I am sure it deserves.I loved the novel that followed that one. ‘The Unburied’ wasn’t quite so long, and it was the most wonderful pastiche of the Victorian novel; a complex mystery, that came to light and was paid out to a conclusion when, in 1919, records that had lain in the Thurche [...]


  • Bandit

    Well done Victorian novel can be such a treat and Palliser has received so many accolades for his work, this looked worth a try, but it failed to impress. Which is to say that Palliser is certainly talented, but it shows in the writing so much more than in the plotting itself. For a plot there is an epistolary story told by a 17 year old young man who comes home after being thrown out of college to discover a nefarious goings on in his home and surrounding area, secrets his family and the townsf [...]


  • Wrenn

    What an exceptional book this was! From the description I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it seemed intriguing. I loved how the story kept deepening and twisting about just as I thought I had my head around it. I did figure it out but only just before the big reveal, which was perfectly fine by me. Most surprising was how much I enjoyed hating, and then becoming sympathetic to, the young narrator. He's just awful in just about every way - selfish to say the least - but you never forget tha [...]


  • Debbie

    I'm flummoxed by this. I've been waiting a long time (10 years) for more novels from Charles Palliser. This has so been worth the wait and the anticipation was completely rewarded.First of all the physicality of this edition - it's an over-sized paperback so feels quite substantial. The pages are a thick, creamy, gorgeous smelling creation. The text format is magnificently worked as a recently discovered journal. I love this kind of novel as I think epistolary/journalistic writings heighten the [...]


  • Andy Larter

    The mystery in the novel is made confusing and interesting by the way the novel is told. Richard Shenstone is a complex and difficult narrator who has been rusticated fron Cambridge University because he was instrumental in the death of a fellow student. He is a smoker of opium, seducer (if that's the right word) of a young servant and so, to begin with, I was drawn to the belief that he was untrustworthy in his telling of the story. The events he describes are unpleasant, sordid and cover the b [...]


  • Bibliophile

    In this sordid Victorian mystery, seventeen year-old Charles returns to his family home after getting kicked out of college, only to find his mother and sister living in a horror movie. Lots of weird noises in the night, meaningful glances and hints at unspeakable deeds, that sort of thing. Richard is a mellow guy, being addicted to opium, and mostly just wants to smoke his pipe and poke every girl in the county with his manhood. Sadly, he is constantly distracted from his simple pleasures by th [...]


  • T.

    One of those potato chip type books--not very good, but crunchy, salty, and hard to stop eating, I mean reading. But despite the intriguing start, it is confused, and (it almost goes without saying) a big ol' letdown at the end. Yet Palliser writes very well and he certainly knows how to conjure up paranoia, and a dark nasty 19th century gothic atmosphere. I wish this book had been a little more meaty. I wish the narrator was more sympathetic and thoughtful. All he does is whine and not understa [...]


  • Megan Chance

    I've never read Palliser before, but I certainly will now. Rustication is excellent historical fiction. Atmospheric, well-written, and hard to put down. When Richard Shenstone is sent down from school, and shows up at the creepy, empty house that his poverty-stricken mother and sister have retreated to after his father's ignominious death, you know from the start that things are not going to go well. As the reader begins to grasp the forces that are closing in around him, the tension of Richard' [...]


  • Greg

    I saw in a bad review that someone called this book "unwholesome", which made me like it even more. Also, rustication is a great word. A real page turner, especially towards the end.


  • Mark

    I find Charles Palliser difficult to review because his work is layered, nuanced, and thoughtful. It's also entertaining, so do I go with a scholarly, analytic approach, or do I discuss what a fun read it was?For the executives in the room, if you liked The Quincunx, you'll like this one. Same era, same vibe, same sense of looming peril.If you haven't read Palliser, what you get is a story that immerses you in the world of Victorian England, with all the savagery of class and the crushing realit [...]


  • Mark Flowers

    slj review:* PALLISER, Charles. Rustication. 336p. Norton. Nov. 2013. Tr $25.95. ISBN 9780393088724.Adult/High School–Purporting to be a real journal from the 1860s found by the author, Palliser’s brilliant gothic novel sketches the bizarre events in a small town in rural England that leads to a brutal murder. Seventeen-year-old Richard Shenstone, the journal writer, having been “rusticated” (that is, expelled) from Cambridge for mysterious reasons, returns home to find his family circum [...]


  • DeAnna Knippling

    Tawdry and clever Victorian historical fiction. The opening of the story was difficult--it's one of those unreliable-narrator books where the author feels like that because it's a journal it's perfectly okay not to introduce the POV character properly. It also felt like one of those books where the characters could have spent five minutes in conversation and solved everyone's problems, but it's not, so stay patient with that part. The center of the book was wonderful and the pages flew by. Then [...]


  • Idril Celebrindal

    Probably more like 3.5; I waffled a lot between giving it 3 and 4.Palliser used the diary format really well. There were none of the usual things that annoy me when authors try this - all dialog was in italics because it was Richard's memory of conversations, not actual conversations; there was no "As I know because I was there, the thing that happened was" because, after all, Richard was there and already knows. I felt impatient with the narrator occasionally, but after all he's a 17 year old b [...]


  • Lisa Voss

    Charles Palliser has pulled off a very difficult feat. He has written a book that both draws on familiar territory (Wilkie Collins' "Woman in White"; Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood") and creates a completely new reading experience. "Rustication" uses familiar Victorian themes-class consciousness, opium addiction, genteel poverty, to name a few-to lull us into a sense of complacency and then turns the whole plot upside down not once but several times. "Rustication" has been referred to as a [...]


  • Sarah

    A Victorian thriller with very creepy overtones! The thing I noticed most about this book is that not one single character is nice. The narrator seems to be extremely naive and every person in the book is out for themselves. No wonder why someone is out to murder! A very atmospheric and gloomy book. Scary and shocking, but very entertaining!


  • Pixelina

    Well, 3 and a half star.I lost the plot a few times but overall it was a fun read and I loved the setting of the rainy, muddy, derelict squalor of victorian England.


  • Amy

    4.5. Dark, punchy, Gothic, with scads of unlikable but interesting characters (my favorite kinds).


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