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This review is from: Two Brothers (Paperback)
Ben Elton writes it himself: such a cliche (page 22).
Having heard many positive things about Ben Elton as an author, I wanted to enjoy this book. I had been certain this would suit me better than his humorous novels.
As other reviewers have noted, the dialogue is just atrocious. None of it flows naturally, it is far too modern, and it is too foul. It just does not seem appropriate that so many people from that era spoke in that way, and so casually.
Ben Elton makes the mistake that other historical novelists often make: they try to educate the reader by including details a period writer would not think to include, and by having characters slot historical facts or knowledge that became known after, often long after, events into their politically correct/incorrect talk.
As a comic Ben Elton tended to be rather repetitive, whether it be the themes he focused on, his delivery or the vocabulary he used, and he is guilty of the same here.
The most interesting part was the four page afterword that comes after the novel has ended. It shows that Ben Elton had an interesting tale to tell, and that his motives are sincere, but he lacked the writing ability and subtly to pull it off.