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5 stars I quite liked the atmosphere rather Poe meets Dickens and the actual prose a higher level of writing than you get with many current kid novels , though the plot frequently dragged hence the middling rating The characters surrounding William were generally fairly colorful, but William was an odd protagonist and hard to route for He had so little idea of exactly what he wanted or who he actually was sometimes this was played off comically to good effect, but at others, just made you wish the story would wrap up.
The weakest of the Leon Garfield books I have read this month.
His protagonists have all been a little see through compared to his other characters, but William Jones is particularly ineffectual What she is narrow, a little cruel and extremely stupid I didn t like him very much at all Unusually, the book was narrated by William in a very self conscious way There was plenty of direct addressing to the audience and intimation of what was to come, it made the book seem a little tawdry.
Also, the usually sparking squibs the other books have been peppered with fell flat Partly this was because of the direct narration and partly it was because they werelike dad jokes than proper jokes There was one part where William narrated that someone threw a bucket of water at him then clarifies that it was only the water that was thrown and not the bucket This is a long way Leon Garfield s John Diamond, which was first published in 1980,has been reissued in a lovely new edition as part of the Vintage Children s Classics range Peter Williamson s cover design is marvellous, and it fits wonderfully with the darkness of the story Vintage have recommended that the book is suitable for everyone over the age of nine, and upon reading it from an adult stance, it is difficult to envision that anybody indeed, of any age would dislike it.
The novel opens in a manner which immediately piques the interest I ought to begin with the footsteps, but first of all I must tell you that my name is William Jones and that I was twelve years old when I began to hear them His father tells him whilst on his deathbed that he swindled Mr Diamond out of a great fortune, and thus, the main thread of the story concerns William s travels to London to make amends with Not as good as the first Garfield book I read Smith The plot was simple and the protagonist narrator was boring and kind of a pushover.
The storyline was fine and quite interesting in its own way, but it is not my kind of books.
I only did buy it because I am a pushover and the seller pushed it down my throat a bit.
Had I been younger I might have enjoyed it a bit .
As usual Leon Garfield succeeds in producing an ominous and suspenseful atmosphere laced with humor The story is set in the eighteenth century but has a Dickensian tone The first person narrator, twelve year old William Smith, listens to footsteps from his father s room every night that keep him awake One night the footsteps stop, and he learns his father s dark secret He sets off to London in search of John Diamond the alternate title of the book There he is baffled by an onslaught of odd and sometimes frightening characters Garfield is a captivating storyteller, with a knack for humor She seemed to make soup as the rain makes mud, absolutely without thinking about it His works are somewhat reminiscent o Young William Jones Is On A Desperate Search Through Darkest London For John Diamond, The Son Of A Man His Father Apparently Once Cheated Badly Will He Find Him originally Published In The United States As Footsteps, John Diamond Combines A Cast Of Remarkable Eccentrics With Superb Sensory Descriptions The Horn Book The Title Was A Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Book William s father, dying, gives him his watch and confesses to thievery and scandal This sends William to the heart of London in search of his father s swindled partner He encounters Mr Seed, a dwarf, a band of murderous boys and treachery.
Great plot twists, wonderful figurative language and dramatic foreshadowing makes this a fabulous read.
Another fantastic eighteenth century romp for children by Leon Garfield Garfield really did write brilliantly, with a real feel for place, period and plot, and with a knowing humour never far below the surface Many contemporary historical novelists could learn a lot from him C A Dickensian plot restoring justice to a father s wronged friend and setting London in the fog , along with Garfield s marvelous turns of phrase, make this a delight And it s just under 200 pages It s time for a Garfield revival