The best literature can make the world shift under your feet: rich landscapes and fascinating characters whose trials and triumphs feel monumental. Arcadia takes this gift a step further and molds the very fabric of our reality, pushing the limits of scope, time, and space. (Fans of David Mitchell's multilayered worlds will be duly impressed.) In the same stroke, Iain Pears honors Britain's great literary tradition, and the virtues of the human spirit. If it sounds daunting, it is. But it's well worth the work. At it's core, Arcadia is a deeply human story, and humanity is what drives and sustains its epic expanse.
-- Haley— From Haley P. Staff Picks
From the author of the international best seller An Instance of the Fingerpost, Arcadia is an astonishing work of imagination. In Cold War England, Professor Henry Lytten, having renounced a career in espionage, is writing a fantasy novel that dares to imagine a world less fraught than his own. He finds an unlikely confidante in Rosie, an inquisitive young neighbor who, while chasing after Lytten's cat one day, stumbles through a doorway in his cellar and into a stunning and unfamiliar bucolic landscape--remarkably like the fantasy world Lytten is writing about. There she meets a young boy named Jay who is about to embark on a journey that will change both their lives. Elsewhere, in a distopian society where progress is controlled by a corrupt ruling elite, the brilliant scientist Angela Meerson has discovered the potential of a powerful new machine. When the authorities come knocking, she will make an important decision--one that will reverberate through all these different lives and worlds.
About the Author
IAIN PEARS is the author of the best sellers An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio and Stone's Fall, and a novella, The Portrait, as well as a series of acclaimed detective novels, a book of art history, and countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects. He lives in Oxford, England.