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2.0 out of 5 stars
Winter leaves me discontented, 29 Oct 2013
Given the success of the factual work on this era and subject by the author I put feelings of trepidation aside and embarked on One Night In Winter with open mind. After all - he's knows his stuff and the period is one of intrinsic interest. However, what unfolded was an unfulfilling piece of work - sentimental in style and unengaging in substance. The characters were poorly drawn ciphers often it felt, introduced for convenience and almost uniformly given to banal dialogue or worse (I would have happily strangled the Little Professor had his interrogators not been up to it!) There is eventual tenderness in the story (artfully told with feeling) which stands on its own merits rather than in counterpoint to the cartoon thuggery and barbarity dealt by the power of the State. I did persevere with the book and was glad that I did in that the historical note at the book's conclusion did more in its few pages to engage and encourage further reading than any of the previous hundreds. Happily I still have more of Mr Sebag-Montefiore's work to read.