The Bloodstone Papers: A Novel

The Bloodstone Papers A Novel Ross Monroe is a boxing railwayman with a weakness for get rich quick schemes Kate Lyle is a headstrong young woman desperate to escape a nightmarish household As mid century India sheds its colonial

  • Title: The Bloodstone Papers: A Novel
  • Author: Glen Duncan
  • ISBN: 9780061239670
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ross Monroe is a boxing railwayman with a weakness for get rich quick schemes Kate Lyle is a headstrong young woman desperate to escape a nightmarish household As mid century India sheds its colonial skin and the shadow of violence rises, these young lovers find themselves facing their own tryst with destiny In twenty first century London, Owen Monroe is writing this sRoss Monroe is a boxing railwayman with a weakness for get rich quick schemes Kate Lyle is a headstrong young woman desperate to escape a nightmarish household As mid century India sheds its colonial skin and the shadow of violence rises, these young lovers find themselves facing their own tryst with destiny In twenty first century London, Owen Monroe is writing this story of his parents lives in an effort to avoid the problems in his own But keeping past and present apart isn t easy, and before long Owen is deep in the one story he never wanted to tell.

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    About “Glen Duncan”

    1. Glen Duncan

      Aka Saul Black.Glen Duncan is a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo Indian family He studied philosophy and literature at the universities of Lancaster and Exeter In 1990 Duncan moved to London, where he worked as a bookseller for four years, writing in his spare time In 1994 he visited India with his father part roots odyssey, part research for a later work, The Bloodstone Papers before continuing on to the United States, where he spent several months travelling the country by Amtrak train, writing much of what would become his first novel, Hope, published to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 1997 Duncan lives in London Recently, his 2002 novel I, Lucifer has had the film rights purchased, with actors such as Ewan Mcgregor, Jason Brescia, Jude Law, Vin Diesel, and Daniel Craig all being considered for roles in the forthcoming movie from

    272 thoughts on “The Bloodstone Papers: A Novel”

    1. "The older we get, the sadder we look on the toilet."Glen Duncan is a mastercrafter of pithy, amusing phrases like this one. His mind is a forge of artisan subtlety, turning out many-layered paragraphs of shining clarity and scintillating sharpness that sparkle with the light of hidden truths.If you've only read Duncan's hilarious I, Lucifer and The Last Werewolf you would think him primarily to be a comedic writer, albeit one with some pretty solid writing chops. That's how I had pegged him, bu [...]


    2. This is one of the books that I picked up from the library in a long overdue session of browsing through the shelves and picking up what looks interesting. And to a certain extent it was interesting, but overall I feel pretty ho-hum about it. Knowing the risk I'm taking by sounding once again like a bit of a prude (if you've read my reviews of The Game of Thrones series) but this author is waaaaaay too obsessed with sex. I understand that sexuality and eroticism is an important and integral part [...]


    3. This book was a slow burner that gradually sucked me in. Glen Duncan is at his strongest when he writes about people; his characterisations are exquisite and his observations on human behaviours, feelings and interactions are as good as you'll find by anybody writing anywhere on the planet. I am surprised that he's not more widely known.


    4. Loved this book. The India story grippede ever present feeling that the characters were one bad decision away from doom. And I liked the characters, so this was tough! The contemporary characters e son.less loveable, true. But redeemed by his willingness to 'humour' his parent, and by his final recognition that he should stop living for the past and embrace the presentcluding his unlikely love interest ( if she can forgive him his transgression). Aren't we all sometimes guilty of overlooking the [...]


    5. I picked out this book on the recommendation of the librarian when I asked for something "different." I'm really not sure whether or not I liked this author's style or not. He uses a lot of parentheticals and very long sentences, and it is sometimes difficult to keep track of what is going on. But he does write very intelligently, so it's an interesting read.The story is two-fold, of the alternating chapters variety. The narrator is Owen, an "Anglo-Indian" (half English, half Indian from India) [...]


    6. The Bloodstone Papers is the first book by Glen Duncan that I've read without the extra draw of the supernatural, but it was no less compelling once I'd given it a chance. A teacher approaching middle age, making ends meet with bar-tending and writing cheap romances, nurses a broken-heart and is trying to write the book, the story of his parents' courtship and life in India just before and after its independence. Their story is told in alternating chapters, covering how they grew up and giving a [...]


    7. I need to digest all the things that made me love this book, which, incidentally, are all the things that make Glen Duncan my favorite modern writer.


    8. Anglo Indian family - it focuses on their story in partition years interspersed with 21st c London. At times good at times tedious. Disappointing.


    9. I know several people for whom a novel is just a story -- something to be distilled to its barest essentials and then ingested summarily. To me, though, a novel is much more than the sum of all its parts -- the plot, the characters, the language, the ambience. A novel is something that you need to savor at leisure, rolling the words around in your tongue until you get all the last nuances of the prose, while still enjoying the storyline and empathizing with the characters.Glen Duncan's The Blood [...]


    10. I can't really figure out how much I liked this book, nor am I sure if it's worth recommending. I typically enjoy literature with a post-colonial slant, so that is initially why I picked this up at the bookstore. I thought that the concept/story in its entirety was interesting enough, and certainly unique, but at many points I found that the execution was tiring or cumbersome. Basically, the plot flips back and forth between the central character, who lives in current-time London, and the story [...]


    11. In an attempt to diversify the books I read, I started the habit of trying to read more books set in Asia or written by Asian authors. It was in part, also a way to encourage myself to write as there are many good Asian writers out there. Going to BBW also made buying books almost solely based on their blurb, reviews and covers. As with all experimentation, there will hits and misses.This book was pleasant enough. The language was good, interesting and well written. It wasn't enough though, to h [...]


    12. A novel which explores the largely unexplored world of the Anglo-Indians after the Raj. The main character is a young Anglo-Indian, living in Britain, who is trying to write a book about his father's life in India. The story moves back and forth from the present to the past, from modern day England to India in the forties as the Empire crumbled. A novel of memory, identity and creativity which ultimately depicts the impossibility of completely understanding another generation, another culture or [...]


    13. It's good when a book seizes you before you have got even halfway down the first page; when on page 2 you shout out loud in delighted laughter, at a description you know you'll never forget (even while knowing that from now on Korma might never be so enjoyable), when you gasp at the way language is used, at the near-brutally honest observations of others, then you have to award five stars.And the whole of the book deserves it. Dual-stranded, vivid, honestly alive, the story pulses with the energ [...]


    14. I would have given this a 4 or 5 but I was very disappointed in the ending. There was plenty of forewarning that there really wouldn't be an ending but still found it hard to not know if the bloodstone ring was really his grandmother's ring or another one, whether all had been a scam or not, or even whether Scarlett would ever come back or if he would get together with Janet.


    15. This book was engaging and a pretty good vacation book. His other books are better though, so, I would read Love Remains, Death of an Ordinary Man, or I, Lucifer before this one, all of which I think are pretty fantastic.


    16. I really enjoyed this book. I love reading about England and about India, and this book had both--the story of an Anglo-Indian family that switched from present-day England to India at the time of independence. I loved the way it all came together at the end.


    17. I really enjoyed the story that takes place in 1940s - 1950s India. The story that takes place in Modern England was considerably less interesting. Until the very end when they kind of intersect. The ending is really nice. It's a good book, you should read it.







    18. Picked this one up again (total x 3)and never could get past Chapter 4--I just got confused. So it also goes off to paperbackswap where it already has someone waitig for it.


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