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e-Book Pascalis Island download

by Barry Unsworth

ISBN: 0140111573
ISBN13: 978-0140111576
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin UK; New Ed edition (December 6, 1988)
Category: Mystery
Subategory: Thriller

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Barry Unsworth Pascali's Island. To Jack and Sheila Carter. Actually, I stole it from him. I will not sell my ring or my hookah or my books. You are newly arrived on the island, I believe.

Barry Unsworth Pascali's Island. I should like to thank the Arts Council of Great Britain for their grant of a Creative Writing Fellowship for the year 1978- 79, in the course of which a great part of this novel was written; and the Principal and staff of the Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside, Cumbria, where my Fellowship was held, for their kindness and support during my stay there. The sea has changed, taken on a new aspect with the shift of the sun. The blue is deeper, harder.

Pascali's Island is a novel by Barry Unsworth, first published in 1980. The first United States publication of the book by Simon & Schuster was titled The Idol Hunter. The film version, produced in (1988), was written and directed by James Dearden. The novel is set on an island which is an outpost of the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Basil Pascali is a spy who reports regularly to Istanbul on the activities of the local people.

Barry Unsworth Pascali's Island To Jack and Sheila Carter I should like to thank the Arts Council of Great Britain for their grant of a Creative Writing Fellowship for the year 1978- 79, in the course of which a great part of this novel was written; and the Principal and staff of the Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside, Cumbria, where my Fellowship was held, for their kindness and support during my stay there

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A masterful tale of treachery and duplicity. New York Times The year is 1908.

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The year is 1908, the place, a small Greek island in the declining days of the crumbling Ottoman Empire.

Author: Barry Unsworth. A masterful tale of treachery and duplicit. pellbinding. The year is 1908, the place, a small Greek island in the declining days of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. For twenty years Basil Pascali has spied on the people of his small community and secretly reported on their activities to the authorities in Constantinople. Although his reports are never acknowledged, never acted upon, he has received regular payment for his work

He attended Stockton-on-Tees Grammar School and Manchester University.

He attended Stockton-on-Tees Grammar School and Manchester University. The Partnership, was published in 1966. Mooncranker's Gift received the Heinemann Award for 1973 for its 'sheer beauty of writing and richness of experience'.

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For twenty years Basil Pascali has spied on the people of his small community and secretly reported on their activities to the authorities in Constantinople.

A masterful tale of treachery and duplicity. -New York Times The year is 1908, the place, a small. Although his reports are never acknowledged, never acted upon, he has received regular payment for his work. Now he fears that the villagers have found him out and he becomes engulfed in paranoia.

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Comments:
Gir
The novel is set on a small Greek island in 1908. The Ottoman Empire is about to fall, but in this remote outpost a government informer pens his last report to the Sultan. Basil Pascali, an outsider of mixed-race, has loyally reported on the activities of the people of his community for twenty years, each month receiving a tiny stipend, but never a single response. As a writer he begins to take liberties with his reports, taking enormous pride in his ability to depict events with great clarity and flair.

When Englishman Anthony Bowles arrives on the island, he and Pascali become rivals for the affection of Lydia, a Viennese artist who has been living there for some time. Pascali suspects that Bowles may not be honest about his claim to be an archeologist (it takes a practiced confidence-trickster to recognise another of his kind, after all), so what is he doing there?

The atmospheric short novel is superbly plotted, there isn't a scene out of place. Nothing is as it seems and Pascali's Island keeps you guessing right up to the tragic ending as the characters become enmeshed in layers betrayal and deceit.

Literary fiction honestly doesn't come much better than this and I am actually surprised that the novel didn't win more recognition at the time.

It was shortlisted for the Booker in 1980, but was eclipsed by William Golding's win for Darkness Visible and Anthony Burgess' masterpiece Earthly Powers. I've read several other novels by Unsworth which I've greatly enjoyed and admired (Morality Play, Rum and Sugar, Losing Nelson, and Sacred Hunger, which finally did won Unsworth the Booker) but I like this by far the best. (I still have his latest novel A Ruby in her Navel to be read.)

Pascali's Island reminded me of several other novels I've greatly enjoyed : E.M. Forster's Passage to India, L.P. Hartley's The Go-Between, and the episode about the smugglers in Lermentov's A Hero of our Time ... all of them written much earlier.

DarK-LiGht
This book let to one of the best spy movies made, in that it is true to the profession. The book, written in first person, bares the duplicity of all involved. While not very well known, it should be.

Olelifan
Good but not his best work.

Danskyleyn
I ordinarily like Unsworth's novels. They're marked by a strong sense of place, a detailed understanding of the time period and the characters. But Pascali's Island is governed by an almost silly narrative strategy: a narrator writing to the Ottoman emperor. The plot is interesting, but the delusions of the narrator seem implausible.

Rit
“All illusion. Only the words as I write have a brief radiance of reality, for the moment only.” Pascali has the talents and inclination of a writer, but he is a poor spy, accomplishing nothing personally or professionally to mark his passing, an object of pity, on a Turkish controlled island in 1908. The setting is important, but this is not really an historical novel but a novel of character, Pascali and Bowles, the one man he briefly forms a meaningful relationship with. Greed and corruption are everywhere, but both Pascali and Bowles see a way to redeem their lives. Pascali’s dream is an illusion, yet he does have an alternative as Bowles points out (by using his talents to find a work as an interpreter in a less benighted part of the world).

“Pascali’s Island” is slow moving, but not boring, there are interesting minor characters and enough happens to sustain the reader’s interest, even some suspense. Unsworth puts a fine discourse on the evolution of ancient architecture into Bowles’ mouth. The sea and the shore’s shifting patterns of light add to the atmosphere. This is a short novel that resonates after the reader is finished.

Shem
Poor Pascali is the anti hero of Barry Unsworth's short, atmospheric account of life in a remote part of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Self important, paranoid and fearful, Pascali a petty conman and spy, is desperate for love, recognition and wealth. Every night he dutifully compiles his intelligence reports for the Sultan which are never acknowledged. It is only through administrative inertia that he receives his pay as the system is close to collapse. New and sinister forces are gathering on the island and Pascali knows it is only a matter of time before he falls victim to one of these groups from which he is excluded for reasons of religion, race and birth. Unsworth is a master of characterisation and setting, providing a read that is both unsettling and memorable.

betelgeuze
This novel is a clever time machine. It warps the reader back to 1908, a sun-drenched island, characters abuzz with intrigue, complex psychologies, morphing intentions behind a mirage of simple diction. The far-off sultan is the ever-present "Excellency," steadily sinking into the quicksand upholstery of his throne. The icky Izzet, both product and perpetrator of Ottoman despotism, gives one a clearer idea of just why the Balkans are such a mess today. Mahmoud Pasha, his bellicose boss, reminds one of a stuffed and cogitating mushroom. There is the suave and sordid Herr Gesing, whose tightly wound cravats and sharply cut suits reek not of lavender but of gunpowder and guts. The lithe Lydia traipses around her studio, draws mysterious money, seemingly from cyberspace, frolics on beaches, and gets herself into the briniest of pickles. Anthony Bowles is friendly but fey. One does not know whether to sympathize with his obsessions or to flee them as one would wildly metastasizing microbes. And the weird Pascali? On the paperback cover, he is pictured in suit coat and bowler, bobbing like a fishing lure in a murky sea, the sky spread out over him as a Levantine tent. This seems like a good place for him, since he spends the entire novel observing what is visible, most of him hidden in a kind of mushy and underwater world. The reader will not soon figure him out, and this is part of the galling genius of Unsworth's achievement. To inhabit his mind from first chapter to last, and still never grasp who he is? Pascali is like a remote and glittering planet: observable, fascinating, but always agreeably distant and aloof.

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