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Book Title: The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes|
Date of issue: March 5th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780156007436
The author of the book: Marcel Theroux
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 441 KB
Edition: Mariner Books
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This is literary entertainment of the highest order -- as engaging as early Martin Amis, as addictive as the Sherlock Holmes stories on which (in a roundabout way) it is based. The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes is a paper chase, a mystery where the clues are all documents and the detective is the kind of hero every irrepressible reader can sympathize with -- an irrepressible reader.
As the story opens, Damien March, a cultural mongrel who is half British and half American, is languishing midway through his life in a dead-end job at the BBC. Estranged from his family -- his brother is a successful movie director, his father a retired lawyer and diehard Anglophile -- Damien is astonished to learn that he is heir to the estate of his uncle Patrick, a failed novelist who lived reclusively in an eccentrically furnished antique cottage on an island off Cape Cod. The mere fact that Damien is Patrick's sole heir, and the terms of his inheritance -- the preservation of his uncle's house in the exact condition it was left in -- is all so baffling that Damien can't resist accepting, if only to figure out what message Patrick is trying to send from beyond the grave. When he finds an unfinished manuscript in his uncle's filing cabinet entitled The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes, intrigue, love triangles, sibling rivalry, and deeply buried family secrets begin to emerge.
Mycroft Holmes, an archetype of literary trivia, is the scantly mentioned brother of celebrity detective Sherlock Holmes. Mycroft's "confessions" lead Damien to discover the truth about his uncle. Flitting gracefully between Mycroft's Victorian narrative and Damien's own ruminations and amateur detective work, the untangling of the mystery is a beautiful game. And though Damien's narrative rushes forth like water from a tap, it's marvelously satisfying to realize in the end what a very tangled web of deception the players of this game have woven. (Minna Proctor)
Read information about the authorMarcel (Raymond) Theroux is a British novelist and broadcaster. He is the older son of the American travel writer and novelist, Paul Theroux. His younger brother, Louis Theroux, is a journalist and television reporter.
Born in Kampala, Uganda, Theroux was brought up in Wandsworth, London. After attending a state primary school he boarded at Westminster School. He went on to study English at Clare College of the University of Cambridge and international relations at Yale University. Currently he lives in London and is married. His French last name originates from the region around Sarthe and Yonne in France. It is quite common in Francophone countries and is originally spelled Théroux. His paternal grandfather was French Canadian.
He wrote The Stranger in The Earth and The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: a paper chase for which he won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2002. His third novel, A Blow to the Heart, was published by Faber in 2006. His fourth, Far North, a future epic set in the Siberian taiga, was published in June 2009. He worked in television news in New York and Boston.
In 2004 he presented The End of the World as We Know It part of the War on Terra television series about climate change on Channel 4, for which he was chosen as presenter precisely because he initially knew nothing about the subject. He even had a preconception about environmentalists being spoilsports opposed to progress. But during his research he became convinced that we face a global problem, on a scale so serious that an expansion of nuclear energy is probably the best solution (choosing the lesser evil). He reached this conclusion partly via the subjects of several interviews, amongst them Gerhard Bertz of insurance agency Munich Re, who indicated that in the past 20 years payments for natural disasters have increased by 500 percent. During another, with Royal Dutch Shell chairman Lord Ron Oxburgh, a PR assistant intervened to curtail the conversation, apparently because Oxburgh's negative views on the consequences of current oil consumption were considered detrimental to the corporation's image.
In March 2006 Theroux presented Death of a Nation on More4, as part of the The State of Russia series. In the program he explored the country's post-Soviet problems including population decline, the growing AIDS epidemic and the persecution of the Meskhetian Turks.
On 28 September 2008 he presented Oligart: The Great Russian Art Boom on Channel 4 about how Russia's rich are keeping Russia's art history alive by buying, and exhibiting domestic art.
On 16 March 2009, Marcel Theroux presented In Search of Wabi-sabi on BBC Four as part of the channel's Hidden Japan season of programming. Marcel travelled throughout Japan trying to understand the aesthetic tastes of Japan and its people.
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