The Lost Diary of Samuel Pepys Jack Jewer Moonflower Books, €20
ebuts is not better The Lost Diary of Samuel Pepys by Jack Jewer. Historical factors aside and the fact that Pepys is a real person, this is a page-turning crime thriller.
Pepys is a man on the move, but the Restoration Court is rife with factions and conspiracies. It is the year 1669 and Pepys, along with his former servant and now friend Will, are sent to Portsmouth to investigate the Royal Navy’s financial situation and the final murder is sent to find the money. missing.
As his investigation begins, things get complicated. The Navy is not cooperative, an attempt is made on his life, and he quickly realizes that he cannot trust anyone. All of this was established against the background of the impending threat of war with the Dutch.
Pepys’ personal life isn’t much better either. His wife left him because of his repeated infidelity, someone discovered a damaging document from his youth that could get him hanged for treason, and he is severe pain and bloody urine.
What later turned out to be large kidney stones, and in the midst of his various investigations, he underwent the most gruesome surgery imaginable – without the aid of anesthesia. I had to shrink every part of my body after reading this: guys, this is your ‘Trigger Alert’.
Pepys is a flawed hero. He was sexually uncontrollable (the book opens with him fleeing a burning brothel), a bit pompous, overly sensitive, and a meek. However, he is also sympathetic, brave, and wants to do the right thing.
Aside from the quirky queen, women have historically been mostly ignored. Jews need time to include women’s voices and perspectives. Seventeenth-century women frequently lived in fear of male violence both in their homes and on the streets, with little formal protection.
Play as the feminist Lady Charlotte de Vere and she takes on the role of literally empowering women. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but I do endorse her method. I’m sure many other women do too.
The Jews, like the best historical novelists, did their research. He recreated the world of 1669 vividly, realistically, and naturally. Fashions change, slang changes (the men in the books often refer to their ‘man’) but the people are the same and today’s Jewish characters still fit them the way they are. 350 years ago.
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