Customer Review

5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Never mind my aptitude, feel my application, 30 Nov 2013
This review is from: High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain (Hardcover)
Heffer tells us the Victorians were disciplined and moral - this is news??? - and takes 896 pages to do so. Any book that long better have an idea lurking in there somewhere, or a more inspiring overarching theme. Sadly, the vaster a book's bulk, the easier it is to conceal the lack of the former, while the promise of the title materializes only in the sense that, well, yes, after the Victorians came us - and we are quite different! Now there's a subject for a book better than this tired old rehash

The national reviewers have been too kind, or just plain lazy. This book is fated to be given for Christmas and to join the Great Unread, except by those who share Heffer's right-wing agenda. Though Philip Hensher has quite a nice little mot in his Telegraph review: 'Darwin shocked the Victorians by pointing out that they were all descended from apes. You could probably shock a lot of 21st-century readers by pointing out the countless ways in which we are intellectually descended from the Victorians.' Yes and no, Philip
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Location: london, england

Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,264,712