By Dorothy Dunnett
'Dunnett's legion of committed readers will desire no advice to shop for GEMINI. they'd, I think, stroll barefoot to the book place over damaged glass to get it ...Anyone examining this novel, whilst an creation to Dunnett's paintings will, i think, subscribe to that band of admirers' Sunday occasions GEMINI represents the ultimate visual appeal of Nicholas de Fleury, who opened this sequence as a carefree, clumsy 18 yr previous apprentice in Flanders. Now he's in his thirties. The end result of this extraordinary sequence sees Niccolo face his hardest conflict but, opposed to an enemy who will tax each ability he has received over the process the previous few years...
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Or, possibly, resurrection. VOLUME VII: Caprice and Rondo Nicholas seeks another life in the violent and irresponsible company of his old sea-mate Pauel Benecke, but the quest-shapes of his life are printed too deeply for denial. Already he has set in motion another search for that lost African gold used so cruelly to deceive him in his search for his child. And the worldwide network of correspondence he maintains guarantees that counsellors for the Polish King will come seeking him, that new business projects will tempt him, that the religious and political leaders who have been using him as a bridge between West and East for decades will compel him to responsibility again.
When the harbour-bell clanged through the gale, Thomas Yare closed his shutters and sent a clerk pelting down to the wharf with an invitation to the Karel’s seamaster.
He has carried out this plan because he could: he could not draw back from it because it was his. In this final spectacle, the work of an angry child, of an obsessed artist, even his friends believe they see the death of Nicholas’s soul, and desert him. Stunned by his own dire success, Nicholas agrees with them: as the novel ends and the abandoned and pitiless banker allows himself to be carried East by the newly ascendant Emperor of Germany, he seems ready for burial. Or, possibly, resurrection.