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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, 14 Aug. 2010
This review is from: New York (Hardcover)
The book started well but spent far too many chapters on the War of Independance. I love sagas which stick with the same family all the way through but it diversified quite a lot, bringing in various different families; some of them quite late on, which made it difficult to get attached to the characters. Rutherfurd killed off the black guy (with no descendants), so we had no more of that story, which would have been interesting as his ancestor had been a slave of the main family. Lots of the minor stories came to an unsatisfactory conclusion: in particular the fate of the family heirloom was massively disappointing. I'm quite familiar with New York and the surrounding districts so I enjoyed hearing how they had evolved through the centuries. I've read a couple of Rutherfurd's other books, which were quite gripping, but I just wasn't gripped by this one (although I did read all of it). I feel it was a book which somehow 'missed it'.
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