The Confidence Man

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  • Hardcover
  • 279
  • The Confidence Man
  • Leon Garfield
  • English
  • 04 June 2017
  • 0722654073

About the Author: Leon Garfield

The Confidence Man Kindle ☆ The Confidence ePUB confidence epub, The Confidence kindle, The Confidence ManThe Confidence Man PDFLeon Garfield FRSL July June was a British writer of fiction He is best known for The Confidence ePUB ´ children s historical novels, though he also wrote for adults He wrotethan thirty books and scripted Shakespeare The Animated Tales for televisionGarfield attended Brighton Grammar School and went on to study art at Regent Street Polytechnic, but his studies were interrupted first by lack of funds for fees, then by the outbreak of World War II He married Lena Leah Davies in April, , at Golders Green Synagogue but they separated after only a few months For his service in the war he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps While posted in Belgium he met Vivien Alcock, then an ambulance driver, who would go on to become his second wife in and a well known children s author She would also greatly influence Garfield s writing, giving him suggestions for his writing, including the original idea for Smith After the war Garfield worked as a biochemical laboratory technician at the Whittington Hospital in Islington, writing in his spare time until the s, when he was successful enough to write full time In , the couple adopted a baby girl, called Jane after Jane Austen, a favourite writer of both parentsGarfield wrote his first book, the pirate novel Jack Holborn, for adult readers but a Constable Co editor saw its potential as a children s novel and persuaded him to adapt it for a younger audience In that form it was published by Constable in His second book, Devil in the Fog , won the first annual Guardian Prize and was serialised for television, as were several later works below Devil was the first of several historical adventure novels, typically set late in the eighteenth century and featuring a character of humble origins in this case a boy from a family of traveling actors pushed into the midst of a threatening intrigue Another was Smith , with the eponymous hero a young pickpocket accepted into a wealthy household it won the Phoenix Award in Yet another was Black Jack , in which a young apprentice is forced by accident and his conscience to accompany a murderous criminalIn , Garfield s work started to move in new directions with The God Beneath the Sea, a re telling of numerous Greek myths in one narrative, written by Garfield and Edward Blishen and illustrated by Charles Keeping It won the annual Carnegie Medal for British children s books Garfield, Blishen, and Keeping collaborated again on a sequel, The Golden Shadow The Drummer Boy was another adventure story, but concernedwith a central moral problem, and apparently aimed at somewhat older readers, a trend continued in The Prisoners of September republished in by Lions Tracks, under the title Revolution , The Pleasure Garden and The Confidence Man The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris was a black comedy in which two boys decide to test the plausibility of Romulus and Remus using one of the boys baby sister Most notable at the time was a series of linked long short stories about apprentices, published separately between and , and then as a collection, The Apprentices Theadult themed books of the mid s met with a mixed reception and Garfield returned to the model of his earlier books with John Diamond, which won a Whitbread Award in , and The December Rose In he also wrote an ending for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished at the death of Dickens, an author who had been a major influence on Garfield s own styleHe was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in On June he died of cancer at the Whittington Hospital, where he had once worked.


The Confidence ManThe Confidence Man Kindle ☆ The Confidence ePUB confidence epub, The Confidence kindle, The Confidence ManThe Confidence Man PDFThe Confidence Man followsyear old Hans Ruppert and a band of Protestants as they leave their home town and seek The Confidence ePUB ´ peace and freedom from Persecution in the New World They are led by a mysterious hussar, who has offered to lead then to safety To Hans he is a fascinating figure, but to the others he is a swindler, likely to abandon them at any moment.

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  1. Adam Stevenson says:

    This is a good one It announces this quality from the first paragraph when the book introduces us to a grimy part of town where the sun doesn t shine and the air seemed tired of being breathed in, and loafed about, thinking of cabbages and pickled herrings Leon Garfield can always spin a decent tale and pull off a striking and interesting description in even his most rote work, but there was a real feeling of investment in this book that permeated it throughout.This book is set in the eighte This is a good one It announces this quality from the first paragraph when the book introduces us to a grimy part of town where the sun doesn t shine and the air seemed tired of being breathed in, and loafed about, thinking of cabbages and pickled herrings Leon Garfield can always spin a decent tale and pull off a striking and interesting description in even his most rote work, but there was a real feeling of investment in this book that permeated it throughout.This book is set in the eighteenth century and the main character is a young man making his way in the world As well as that, there s a mentor figure of dubious morals and even the new Garfield usual I ve picked up on the pseudo ghost Despite the presence of these usual Garfield tropes, they are dealt with an a fresh and re energised way For a start, the book starts off in Germany and our young man is a protestant in a Catholic town, where he and his family are persecuted Following an accident with a soldier, a storm and a missing head, the family and their whole community decide to go to America They get this idea from Von Strumpfel, a hussar and the confidence man of the title.He is the morally dubious mentor figure for the while, but his moral dubiousness it fairly dubious Indeed, what sort of confidence man he actually is, whether he is trying to con people, whether he gives others confidence, whether his only con is his self confidence, are all interesting facets of this character as we travel with the outcasts.Garfield has great fun with this exodus, exploring how the uprooting of people from their street and setting them on the march both changes and doesn t change them For most of the journey they camp down in the exact order they left, meaning that wherever they go, they recreate the street they left However, the relationships and expectations have changed as well The previous hierarchy of the street is questioned, as they are all levelled as poor as each other, it s character that showsthan wealth By the time the refugees reach their final settlement, they create a new town reflective of where they are from but also of the things that have changed along the way.There s also a spirituality about the book The group are protestants fleeing Catholic persecution, though they have a detour to England where it is assumed they are Catholic and allowed to starve in a wasteland Hans, the main character starts of as an atheist, pretends to be religious to impress Von Strumpfel, grows some faith, loses whatever faith he had and then regains it for a reason he realises is pretty arbitrary It s interesting to track this element as the book progresses.It s also a book where a man is decapitated by flying debris, lightning strikes a gibbet cage, a thief uses a hand of glory and various people see ghosts It declares that a puppy has become a man now when it cocks it s leg, includes people who play their hats as musical instruments and asks the big question about a nice walk, Why is there so muchhill than dale Even as far as Leon Garfield goes, The Confidence Man is not a particularly well remembered book but it s one of his best