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The Book of Air and Shadows (2007)

av Michael Gruber

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2,253955,318 (3.42)102
Jake Mishkin's seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. As he awaits a killer---or killers---unknown, Jake writes an account of the events that led to this deadly endgame, a frantic chase that began when a fire in an antiquarian bookstore revealed the hiding place of letters containing a shocking secret, concealed for four hundred years. In a frantic race from New York to England and Switzerland, Jake finds himself matching wits with a shadowy figure who seems to anticipate his every move. What at first seems like a thrilling puzzle waiting to be deciphered soon turns into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, where no one---not family, not friends, not lovers---is to be trusted. Moving between twenty-first-century America and seventeenth-century England, this is a modern thriller that brilliantly re-creates Shakespeare's life at the turn of the seventeenth century and combines an ingenious and intricately layered plot with a devastating portrait of a contemporary man on the brink of self-discovery...or self-destruction.… (mer)
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I found most of the characters to be thoroughly dislikeable, so the first two-thirds of the book or so were a hard slog. When things picked up a bit, making the plot more of a thriller, I found a lot of it implausible. By the time we got to the end, the plot turned farce-like. My overall impression is that the whole book was rather an incoherent and unlikeable mess, and that having it revolve around a Shakespeare manuscript was a particularly poor choice.

I listened to the audio book and disliked the narrator as well. His tone struck me as overly snide, which was probably appropriate for our unpleasant protagonist, but it made me even less interested in what became of him. Nevertheless, I doubt I would have even finished the book had I read it on hard copy. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
interesting read. Mystery with lots of historical context about books ( )
  lindaspangler | Apr 26, 2021 |
An odd book, it read as if it were written in the eighties or nineties, before mobiles and Google, but it kept reminding me it was more current than that.

The character stuff felt really out of place, until it slowly, slowly came into focus.

The plot lines and "conspiracy" was fantastic, though! ( )
  Loryndalar | Mar 19, 2020 |
Absolutely loved 3/4ths of this novel set in contemporary times with a generous sprinkling of the 1600's. Alternate chapters are narrated by Jake Mishkin, an intellectual property attorney who is basically a likeable jerk with a lovely wife and thug turned priest brother and loveable whore of a sister. A strange man brings Jake a supposed manuscript written by Shakespeare; that man dies by torture. Another character, Al works in a rare book store along with a mysterious woman named Carolyn. Interspersed between chapters are writings in middle English which take a while to get used to reading. So many plot twists, so many characters including Russian and Jewish mobsters.

At times the book is almost a farce; other times a good mystery. The last part of the book involves gun play, foreign travel, more thugs, more mystery which for me became overwhelming, ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 17, 2019 |
For me it is difficult to give an opinion on this book. In the sense that I find it hard to find the right words to explain why I didn't particularly like this book.

I expected more of a thriller, less chaos. The person(s) talking were not clear to me all the time, the interruptions of the plot by the old text was okay in the beginning, but as the book went on, they beat me off the track of the book itself and I had a hard time figuring out who was who and who did what.
Combine that with flash forwards from time to time and here are the reasons why I was disappointed and why I didn't like it very much.

It has resided on my shelf for many years. I picked it up several times but never actually started reading untill now. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 16, 2018 |
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Our Revels now are ended: These our actors
(As I foretold you) were all Spirits, and
Are melted into Ayre, into thin Ayre,
And like the baselesse fabricke of this vision
The Cloud-capt Towres, the gorgeous Pallaces,
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Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And like this insubstantial Pageant faded
Leave not a racke behinde: we are such stuffe
As dreames are made on; and our little life
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Jake Mishkin's seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. As he awaits a killer---or killers---unknown, Jake writes an account of the events that led to this deadly endgame, a frantic chase that began when a fire in an antiquarian bookstore revealed the hiding place of letters containing a shocking secret, concealed for four hundred years. In a frantic race from New York to England and Switzerland, Jake finds himself matching wits with a shadowy figure who seems to anticipate his every move. What at first seems like a thrilling puzzle waiting to be deciphered soon turns into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, where no one---not family, not friends, not lovers---is to be trusted. Moving between twenty-first-century America and seventeenth-century England, this is a modern thriller that brilliantly re-creates Shakespeare's life at the turn of the seventeenth century and combines an ingenious and intricately layered plot with a devastating portrait of a contemporary man on the brink of self-discovery...or self-destruction.

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