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The Glass of Time: A Novel (edition 2008)

by Michael Cox, Josephine Bailey (Narrator)

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Title:The Glass of Time: A Novel
Authors:Michael Cox
Other authors:Josephine Bailey (Narrator)
Info:Tantor Media (2008), Edition: Unabridged,Unabridged CD, Audio CD
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The Glass of Time by Michael Cox

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    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (sskwire)
    sskwire: The greatest novel by one of the greatest Victorian suspense writers. I suspect Cox is a huge fan, and anyone who likes his work won't be able to put down "The Woman in White."
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    The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox (historycycles)
    historycycles: "The Meaning of Night" is required reading in order to enjoy "The Glass of Time," which is the sequel.
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Like The Meaning of Night, its predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present.
In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder.


Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own. Stunning book but I would recommend you read The Meaning of Night for a richer experience.

The narrator, young Esperanza, has an extraordinary voice - spirited, witty, and intelligent. The author’s incredible storytelling with vivid language and lush imagery such as tiptoeing around a vast, dark mansion at night with a flickering candle and the horror of getting locked in a marbled mausoleum making this a delicious slice of Victorian Gothic. It is a story full of lies, letters, guilt and revenge; but above all love … “Love, and the secrets it spawned, betrayed us all.”

Michael Cox is badly missed.
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1 vote jan.fleming | May 2, 2013 |
I loved this as I loved its prequel 'The Meaning of Night.' This is Esperanza Gorst's Book of Secrets she keeps as she works 'undercover,' so to speak, as a ladies maid to Lady Tansor - the former Miss Emily Cateret - whom readers of 'The Meaning of Night' are well familiar with. Esperanza, an orphan, brought up like a lady in Paris, is sent in to the heart of Evenwood by her mysterious guardian and her tutor on a venture that is only slowly revealed to her as the chapters fly by.

I love Cox's Victorian gothic style. The secrets only the servants know, the old estate, the haunting past, the letters, dying young, forbidden loves, inheritance, revenge. . . The story develops slowly but lusciously. At times, I thought it was more predictable than its predecessor, and I guessed alot of the big reveals - but it really did not take away any of my enjoyment. I think I liked the first novel a touch better because of the charismatic Edward Glyver; Esperanza is not quite his equal - but still fabulous!

I am sad to hear that Mr. Cox is deceased. His writing is right in my wheelhouse and the type of novel I enjoy most. Intelligent, excellent characterization, authentic period detail, intricate plot. Lovers of the modern Gothic such as those written by Sarah Waters should not miss Cox's two mini-masterieces. Lovers of the originals from which this novel draws inspiration - 'Bleak House,' 'The Woman in White' etc.. should check this out. Definitely read 'The Meaning of Night' first, though. ( )
  jhowell | May 13, 2012 |
The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own. ( )
1 vote rsbrn1 | May 8, 2012 |
Good mystery. Some of the plot points I figured out, but not until I was mostly through the book. I now want to go back and re-read The Meaning of Night and see how the two books tie together. ( )
  amandajoy30 | Apr 22, 2012 |
Enormously satisfying sequel, of sorts, to Cox's The Meaning of Night, though it can be read independently from the earlier novel. In 1876, twenty years after the previous novel's action concludes, 19-year-old Esperanza Gorst arrives at Evenwood hoping to be hired as lady's maid to the 26th Baroness Tansor, Emily Duport (formerly Carteret). Esperanza obtains the position and quickly works her way into the affections of her employer and the entire Duport family, gaining favour and privilege while learning secret after secret as the months and seasons pass. Cox employs every conceivable plot device of the Victorian period gothic mystery to stunning effect. The period setting is beautifully evoked, and even the minor characters are quirky and memorable. Filled with danger and suspense, this novel is utterly absorbing. A masterful performance. ( )
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For Truth is like a lone bird singing,
On the edge of day and night —
The unseen herald, ever bringing
Certainty of Light.


—P. Verney Duport
From Merlin and Nimue
Privated Printed (1876), Canto III
We twayne are one too many (quoth I) for men saie,
Three maie keepe a counsell, if two be awaie.


JOHN HEYWOOD, Dialogue of Proverbs (1546)
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For Dizzy — again

Dedicated also to the Memory of
Pat Riccioni
Melissa Allen
Chris Davenport
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I wish you, first of all, to imagine that you are standing beside me, peeping over the rail of an arched and curtained gallery, set — like the stage of some aerial theatre — high above a long and imposing room.
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Building on his haunting, superbly written debut, The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox returns to a story of murder, love, and revenge in Victorian England.
In the autumn of 1876, nineteen-year-old Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood in Northhamptonshire. There she will serve as the new lady's maid to the former Emily Carteret, now Lady Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal—and to set right a past injustice in which her own life is intertwined. Unable to escape the reverberations of past misdeeds, Lady Tansor finds herself desperate to keep Esperanza from learning dark, dangerous truths.
As well as a page-turning period mystery, The Glass of Time is a beautifully written and vividly imagined study of seduction, betrayal, and friendship between two powerful women bound together by the past.
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Building on his "superb" (Washington Post) debut, The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox returns to a murderous nineteenth-century England.

Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" (New York Times Book Review) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.

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Taking a job as a Victorian lady's maid in the household of baroness Tansor, nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst hides the truth about her mission to uncover her mistress's secrets about a past injustice that has affected Esperanza's own life. By the author of The Meaning of Night.… (more)

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