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Reading Notes: The Meaning of Night

How far would you go for revenge? Play a joke to get even? Or murder? The protagonist in The Meaning of Night (Michael Cox) had been wronged during his youth and thus lost the chance to attend Cambridge. He is coming back to get even with the person, now a celebrity, who conspired to rid of him back in Eton.

Only when the subject of Phoebus Rainsford Daunt had been completely mastered would I know where the blow should fall that would bring catastrophe upon him. For the moment, I must bide my time, until I returned to England, to begin setting my plans in motion. [156]

A crime thriller, this is one crackling book with literary flair. The sly sense of humor beneath the narrative brings out the bizarre and dangerous hypocrisies of Victorian England. I am completely engrossed at the moment.

14 Responses

  1. I LOVED The Meaning of Night. I have the sequel (The Glass of Time) but haven’t read it yet. It’s a shame that Mr. Cox passed away from cancer a few years ago.

  2. I watched Midsomer Murder last night and this episode was about revenge and murder. The boy
    was teased unmercifully in his youth and burnt with a cigarette and left for dead. He did not die. Growing up he wreaked revenge on each of his tormentors and killed them one by one.

  3. I’ve heard so many good things about this–I have it on hand to read, too! It seems like a perfect cold weather read!

    • I think you’ll enjoy this book because it’s set in Victorian England, and that it has a partial academic setting. After the school years, the plot takes on a case of investigating the true heir of a baronial possession.

  4. I have this in my TBR- it’s one of those I started reading in the bookstore and *had* to buy. I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying it!

    • It’s an engrossing read. I could have finished it earlier but put it down for Thanksgiving and blogger Steph’s visit. It’s another book that I don’t want to end so soon.

  5. Just spill it out when you are done.

  6. I literally just bought this book yesterday. I’d never heard of it, but the cover attracked me to it. I’m glad to hear that you are liking it! I can’t wait to start it!

  7. […] from A guy’s Moleskin Notebook briefly mentions The Meaning of night by Michael Cox and his note sent off to the internet to do some more looking. For some reason literary mysteries […]

  8. This sounds fascinating. The idea of how far you would go to exact revenge reminds me of The Count of Monte Cristo, one of my favorites!

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