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The Plato Papers By Peter Ackroyd

The Plato Papers by Peter Ackroyd

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Summary

Plato, the orator, summons the citizens of London on ritual occasions to impart the ancient history of their city. He dwells particulary on the unhappy era of Mouldwarp (AD 1500-2300), which existed before the dimming of the stars and the burning of the machines. But then he is put on trial.

The Plato Papers Summary

The Plato Papers by Peter Ackroyd

Plato, the orator, summons the citizens of London on ritual occasions to impart the ancient history of their city. He dwells particulary on the unhappy era of Mouldwarp (AD 1500-2300), which existed before the dimming of the stars and the burning of the machines. But then he is put on trial.

The Plato Papers Reviews

"Richly revealing. . . . Unlike anything else Peter Ackroyd has written. . . . A jeu d'esprit."
"--The New York Times Book Review"
"A lively tale and an invigorating meditation on the changelessness, after no matter how many eons, of human nature."
"--Time"
"A serious divertissement, a brilliant fabulation that is the product of a playful, engaged, and well-stocked mind."
"--The Boston Globe"
"A little book that raises some big questions. . . . You can finish it in a couple of hours. But if you read it carefully, you'll be thinking about it for days."
"--Philadelphia Inquirer"
"Peter Ackroyd is a visionary, as The Plato Papers makes clear. This is one of the oddest but most important and original novels to appear in many years. This masterpiece of contemporary writing will thrill and entertain readers for years to come, but it will do more than that: it will enlarge their vision, stimulating organs long forgotten and never known."
--Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and Robert Frost: A Life
"What makes The Plato Papers notable is not its fantastic invention but its intelligence...Excellently written...with a truly Socratic curiosity, making The Plato Papers a philosophical good read."
--Malcolm Bradbury, "Financial Times"
"An invigorating mixture of satire, history, philosophy, morality, and linguistic investigation...it's like T.S. Eliot on speed meets Martian poetry but with better jokes."
--Michele Robert, "The Times"
"Articulate, comic, wise, delicate, melancholy, exquisite. It simultaneously deconstructs the story of the past and builds its own myth. In short, this is a carefully pulsed breath of a book, with an impact that sneaks into one's dreams."
--John Clute, "The Independent"

"A fantastic invention--excellently written."--Malcolm Bradbury "


" Richly revealing. . . . Unlike anything else Peter Ackroyd has written. . . . A jeu d'esprit."
"--The New York Times Book Review"
" A lively tale and an invigorating meditation on the changelessness, after no matter how many eons, of human nature."
"--Time"
" A serious divertissement, a brilliant fabulation that is the product of a playful, engaged, and well-stocked mind."
"--The Boston Globe"
" A little book that raises some big questions. . . . You can finish it in a couple of hours. But if you read it carefully, you'll be thinking about it for days."
"--Philadelphia Inquirer"
" Peter Ackroyd is a visionary, as The Plato Papers makes clear. This is one of the oddest but most important and original novels to appear in many years. This masterpiece of contemporary writing will thrill and entertain readers for years to come, but it will do more than that: it will enlarge their vision, stimulating organs long forgotten and never known."
--Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and Robert Frost: A Life
" What makes The Plato Papers notable is not its fantastic invention but its intelligence...Excellently written...with a truly Socratic curiosity, making The Plato Papers a philosophical good read."
--Malcolm Bradbury, "Financial Times"
" An invigorating mixture of satire, history, philosophy, morality, and linguistic investigation...it's like T.S. Eliot on speed meets Martian poetry but with better jokes."
--Michele Robert, "The Times"
" Articulate, comic, wise, delicate, melancholy, exquisite. It simultaneously deconstructs the story of the past and builds its own myth. Inshort, this is a carefully pulsed breath of a book, with an impact that sneaks into one's dreams."
--John Clute, "The Independent"

" A fantastic invention--excellently written." --Malcolm Bradbury -->

About Peter Ackroyd

PETER ACKROYD is the award-winning author of the recent national bestseller The Life of Thomas More. His biographies--including T. S. Eliot, Dickens, and Blake--are as prized as his novels, which include Chatterton, Hawksmoor, and, most recently, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree and Milton in America. He lives in London, where he is at work on his next book, London: The Biography, a history of the city.

Additional information

GOR003519799
9781856197014
1856197018
The Plato Papers by Peter Ackroyd
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
1999-04-01
160
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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