- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First edition (March 12 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765323133
- ISBN-13: 978-0765323132
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #488,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Farthing: A Story of a World that Could Have Been Paperback – Mar 12 2013
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“If Le Carré scares you, try Jo Walton. Of course her brilliant story of a democracy selling itself out to fascism sixty years ago is just a mystery, just a thriller, just a fantasy--of course we know nothing like that could happen now. Don't we?” ―Ursula K. Le Guin
“Stunningly powerful…While the whodunit plot is compelling, it's the convincing portrait of a country's incremental slide into fascism that makes this novel a standout. Mainstream readers should be enthralled as well.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Amazing… One of the most compelling and chilling books of the year.” ―RT Book Reviews
“A subversive, trenchant and simultaneously dark and light piece of speculative fiction. Can I get an amen? …The parallels between her Britain and today's climate are never didactic and always effective. It's also a book about husbands and wives, and about class and sex. It is quite an achievement, brothers and sisters. Hallelujah.” ―Bookslut
“A stiff-upper-lip whodunit boasting political intrigue and uncomfortable truths about anti-Semitism.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Walton realizes an all-too-convincing alternate world in which the Third Reich but not its spirit was stopped at the English Channel. The characters are highly plausible, and in every aspect from the petty snobbery hampering the inspector to the we-don't-do-that-here conclusion, the plot encourages warily reconsidering the daily news.” ―Booklist
“A beautifully-written alternate history thriller by World Fantasy Award-winner Jo Walton, Farthing is a smart, convincing tale of a country's slide into fascism that's sure to entertain casual and genre readers alike.” ―Cinescope
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Praise for "Farthing"
"If Le Carre scares you, try Jo Walton. Of course her brilliant story of a democracy selling itself out to fascism sixty years ago is just a mystery, just a thriller, just a fantasy--of course we know nothing like that could happen now. Don't we?"
--Ursula K. Le Guin
"It really is one of those books that succeeds in almost too many ways to count. It's a great, engaging read, and sharp as a knife. The most meaningful parahistorical novel I've come across in a long time, succinct and rivetingly readable."
--Robert Charles Wilson
""Farthing" starts out as a cozy period house party mystery, becomes a brilliant alternate history yarn, and at last reveals itself to be a chilling political thriller. It's smart, riveting, and deeply moving. Once you start reading, don't plan to put it down."
"A wonderful book, simultaneously a gripping mystery and a harrowing cautionary tale. Walton's credible--and entirely convincing--alternative history becomes a terrifying meditation on class, power, and persecution."
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As I like this genre, and WW2 alternate histories in particular I started out with great enthusiasm and excitement! All the worse to end up bitter and disappointed by the ending.
I was put off not so much by the lack of a happy ending so much as the lack of a real ending at all. I had thought the two narratives would come together, that something clever would occur to make use of the dark feelings and themes of the story but no. The tale ends abruptly, without clear point, and a great tawdry banality. No closure for the bubbly debutante, no admiration for the sharp eyed inspector, and ultimately no satisfaction with the story.
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