- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Eos (Jan 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380977621
- ISBN-13: 978-0380977628
- Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 3.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,259,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Watch got me banging on the kitchen table on page 99, and the ending, curling back on the author and the courage of the protagonist's indefatigable spirit, was a fine finish. I believe Danvers ate and fully digested all of the Anarchist Prince's writings as he deftly dishes up a double dose of Kroptikin spirit while he unveils a detailed history of --- and genuine love for--- his own hometown, Richomond, VA.
I'll bet this is the novel Danvers always wanted to write. And one you'll wish you had written about your own home town and intellectual hero.
Though many of the characters in this novel are quite well drawn and enjoyable, Kropotkin among them, he speaks mostly in the writings of the real-life anarchist, which Danvers clearly wants to bring to light for modern readers. That may have even worked with me, as my curiosity about Kropotkin's works has been piqued. But this method of storytelling leads to a rather implausible book in which Danvers is advancing his own theories and using Kropotkin's "classics" as a tool. The plotline also gets a bit out of hand toward the end, and the true motives of the mysterious future meddler remain vague. This is truly a fun and fascinating novel, and a great exercise in creative storytelling. But the use of Kropotkin's writings by Danvers to comment on modern society gets very heavy-handed and didactic. [~doomsdayer520~]