(PDF DOWNLOAD) [Los crímenes de la academia] AUTHOR Louis Bayard
In a lead role Poe indeed attended West Point albeit briefly a historical fact which the talented Bayard ses to full advantage in spinning a tale that apes Poe s macabre eerie surrealist style while at the same time capturing intrigue and enigma that could pass for Arthur Conan Doyle When a cadet is found hanged an #apparent suicide But as if that is not enough the corpse is posthumously desecrated with the removal of the #suicide But as if that is not enough the corpse is posthumously desecrated with the removal of the man s heart West Point Superintendent Colonel Sylvanus Thayer fearing political fallout for the fledging institution calls in Augustus Landor local resident and former New York City police detective of some renown to investigate hoping to keep the situation Outlaw Bride under control before Army bureaucrats descend The wily Landor meets and is impressed with an intellectual and keenly observant young cadet Poe of course and reluctantly is granted permission to have Poe clandestinely assist in the investigation It is a task Poe relishes and rises to with aplomb setting for the stage for a Gothic tale ofncommon depth where the opposing images of the New York s Hudson Valley s majestic splendor and nrelenting desolation provide the perfect backdrop to Bayard s chameleon prose But there is so much to The Pale Blue Eye than the author s clever spins on Poe Doyle and Washington Irving This is an extensively researched labor of love with well drawn Poe Doyle and Washington Irving This is an extensively researched labor of love with well drawn an atmosphere as moody as the reclusive Poe and an illuminating slice of American culture in 1830 But most of all it is simply a terrific story one that takes twists and turns along the way and just when you think you
Ve Got It Figured got it figured turns around and jars you out of any self congratulating complacency like West Point s reveille on those cold and damp winter mornings of the Hudson heights Unlike Matthew Pearl s excellent but wordy The Poe Shadow The Pale Blue Eye moves ickly dodging and weaving through deepening depravity to a climax as shocking and Another Turn of the Crank unexpected as anything Hitchcock has rendered If Hic tropes Landor is attacked in the dark woods and in a dark closet Messengers drive phaetons There's black magic phrenology a profusion of ghosts even a boat trip through torch lit mis. Gorgeous heart breaking writingcheckAnnreliable but completely sympathetic protagonist with Holmesein deductive skills a tragic backstory AND sex appealcheckAn expertly described setting whose real history was revealed as a genuine and vital part of the story that I found endlessly fascinating despite having zero interest in learning anything about it before nowcheckA truly nlikely Watson drawn from
real life with such care I had to remind myself I wasn t reading nonfictioncheckDevil worshipcheckI mean what can life with such care I had to remind myself I wasn t reading nonfictioncheckDevil worshipcheckI mean what can girl ask for I find myself on a Louis Bayard binge I ite enjoyed The Black Tower and just finished this one and was impressed as well In the historical fiction crime mystery genre which I often find myself gravitating towards a la Matthew Pearl and Caleb Carr these are excellent The Pale Blue Eye includes a young Edgar Allen Poe during his short time at West Point Always read to the very last page with Bayard You can t swing a dead cat these days without hitting a book with historical characters in a fictional setting And I swing a lot of dead cats believe meWhen it s done well though who cares how many of them there are
And Louis Bayard does it well Fresh off his fine Mr Timothy his Louis Bayard does it well Fresh off his fine Mr Timothy his at Dickens Tiny Tim as an adult OK so Tiny Tim wasn t historical but you get the idea Bayard threw Edgar Allan Poe into a #novel No he s not the first or last to do this but The Pale Blue Eye #No he s not the first or last to do this but The Pale Blue Eye of course takes its name from a Poe poem also is a successWhereas Mr Timothy was only superficially connected to A Christmas Carol really it could have been any down on his luck Englishman of the time The Pale Blue Eye is full on Poe circa 1830 when he was a cadet at West Point Former cop Gus Landor is called in to solve the death a hanging suicide Kudos to Louis Bayard for this The White Paternoster, And Other Stories uniue and cleverly crafted murder mystery set in the early days of The US Military Academy at West Point annlikely setting but not as nusual as the casting of Cadet Fourth Class Edgar Allan Poe. Bayard reinvigorates historical fiction rendering the 19th century as if he'd witnessed it firsthand He employs words like caoutchouc meerschaums and anapestic as fluently as he ses Got. .
Had a complaint it is Bayard s subtle but condescending view of the cadets and administration of West Point an The World Rushed in unnecessary andnfair slight to the fine men and women of this venerable institution but only a minor distraction not sufficient to curb #My Enthusiasm For This Refreshingly Original Yarn #enthusiasm for this refreshingly original yarn short one of those rare books that will keep you turning the pages way past the time you know you should be asleep a true triumph of fiction in a historical setting Well done Mr Bayard Mystery This was going to get four stars right Essential Business Networking upntil twenty pages from the end at which point it seriously pissed me offAugustus Landor retired New York constable recounts his involvement in a murder investigation that takes place at West Point in 1830 Guest starring Edgar Allan Poe I thoroughly enjoyed the first 387 pages of this novel It s a nice little mystery with a hint of the supernatural and lots of cold West Point atmosphere Bayard is an engaging writer His prose is clear and simple with freuent moments of wonderfulness and the story progresses at a good clip revealing clues and hidden allegiances as it builds He Taught Me to Hope (Darcy and the Young Knights Quest up a great friendship between Landor and Poe Poe actually did spend a few months as a West Point cadet that much is true but his character could have been any pale self aggrandizing heartbroken slacker intellectual there s really nothing about the book or Poe that reuires his presence I liked this Poe a lot but beyond the bare details I saw little to connect him to the Poe that history leftsOkay so that s the first 387 pages then on page 388 there s a Surprise Twist and I got all riled p and started accusing Bayard of wasting my time The way and I got all riled p and started accusing Bayard of wasting my time The way story is written leaves no room for this kind of obfuscation and the narrative doesn t even attempt to justify it It pissed me off and completely took away from my enjoyment of the book I m not against a fabulous surprise ending but this was done badly and with no textual supportThis is getting three stars and a big stink eye. T But none of it seems musty Bayard does what all those ads for historical tourist destinations promise as Landor says at death's door the past comes on with all the force of the present.