"The rhetoric is gorgeous, but the pace is too often funereal. Not, therefore, one of West's real triumphs—but a failure that many novelists might well envy."
West's 19th novel (after OK
and Dry Danube
, both 2000) painstakingly fictionalizes the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which Catholic conspirators led by Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament, and in the process murder England's anti-Catholic King James I and his chief ministers.
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