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The Gods of Gotham de Lyndsay Faye
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The Gods of Gotham (original: 2012; edição: 2012)

de Lyndsay Faye (Autor)

Séries: Timothy Wilde (1)

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New York City, 1845. Timothy Wilde, a 27-year-old Irish immigrant, joins the newly formed NYPD and investigates an infanticide and the body of a 12-year-old Irish boy whose spleen has been removed.
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Título:The Gods of Gotham
Autores:Lyndsay Faye (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Adult HC/TR (2012), Edition: 1, 432 pages
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A murder mystery set in 1840s New York City, this is something of a cross between Caleb Carr's The Alienist in subject and Dennis Lehane's The Given Day in writing style. Its similarity the Lehane book put me off at first, partly because Faye had the exact same tendency that Lehane did to tell the reader how to feel about everything that was put in front of them. One of my least favorite writer's tics is when they decide that some object just has to serve as a convenient metaphor, and then nothing will stop them from spending a paragraph or a page pointlessly explaining that metaphor to the reader. So be on the lookout for things with dangerously suggestive "literary" qualities like sunsets, the main character's police badge, and the like, because you'll get a train of sentences following afterwards that tells you exactly what you're supposed to be feeling. There are also some eyebrow-raising points of characterization: the protagonist, a supposedly street-wise bartender by trade who was cruelly orphaned at a young age, is also somehow an accomplished charcoal sketch artist; additionally, the fact that he can speak the "flash" street lingo of the time gets relayed in a way straight out of the "Oh stewardess, I speak jive!" scene in Airplane!. However, those are minor complaints, and Faye overall does a really good job of portraying New York City as it was during those times. The main plot, which revolves around the murder of child prostitutes, gets tied into a lot of the political ferment of the times (nativists vs. Irish FOBs, Democrats vs. Whigs, party bosses vs. reformers, and the city's struggle to give itself a real police force as opposed to the mobs of hired gangs it had been using), in a way that's usually very informative without seeming overly didactic. No awkward info-dumps here! There's even a decent love story in there too. I confess that it didn't strike an extremely deep chord with me based on some of the stylistic tics, but overall it was well-written and should appeal to historical fiction fans. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
In 1840s New York City, Timothy Wilde's life is marked by tragedy, and it's about to get even more dangerous and complicated as he endeavors to solve a mystery and save children's lives. I'm not great at gauging what bits are spoilers, so I'll just say that I really enjoyed this one. There's one big red herring and some of the attitudes seem anachronistic, but the dialogue and dialect are skillfully done and the story compelling.

While I was aware of anti-Catholic and anti-Irish bias and violence in the US, the extent of it as evidenced by the excerpts from historical writings at the head of each chapter was a surprise to me. It's valuable to remember that the US has always had difficulty defining exactly who "us" is and that the divisiveness of today, while disheartening, is nothing new, and we need always to be on guard against the less noble parts of our own human nature. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Oct 15, 2020 |
2.5-3*

This one was okay -- it didn't thrill me like Faye's most recent novel, [b:The Paragon Hotel|37970853|The Paragon Hotel|Lyndsay Faye|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1522566322s/37970853.jpg|59694776]. For my money, Caleb Carr's [b:The Alienist|40024|The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)|Caleb Carr|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1388256626s/40024.jpg|2266643] (which I read ages ago, but didn't rate -- or even shelve until recently, for that matter) is a much better historical crime fiction set in New York ~the same time. ( )
  Sonya_W | Feb 5, 2020 |
Aborted. Couldn´t get past the 30% point. ( )
  thiscatsabroad | Dec 24, 2019 |
This is quite a book. The setting, New York in the mid 1800s, is presented brilliantly. The story is very gritty and raw. Even though it made reading more work, I really liked the way the author made the characters vand dialog very authentic. ( )
  grandpahobo | Sep 26, 2019 |
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New York City of 1845 is a cacophany of competing lexicons. In The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, the city’s political bosses, religious leaders, starving Irish immigrants, impoverished nativists, civil leaders, race-baiters, headline writers, popular novelists, street hawkers, sinners, lovers, and criminals each employ language as distinctive as a police report’s. But also whispering among the leaning hovels of babble in Five Points are secret loyalties, monstrous acts, and madness.
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Amid many intersecting factions, venues, and intents, the novel retains a glorious and tragic coherence. Without being epigraphic, The Gods of Gotham is a feast of language, 1845’s New York City as a magnificent assembly of newspaper articles, poems, sensational novels, crime reports, advertisements, amateur theatrics, hawkers’ calls, political promises, and flash conversations, making those tender and awful things that can’t be said even more keenly felt.
 

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The history of New York's Five Points is rife with legend, speculation, and controversy, but I have done my best to present its condition accurately. (Historical Afterword)
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