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A Dull Book,
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This review is from: Dominion (Kindle Edition)
While the idea of Britain capitulating to the Nazis is not new, I bought the novel immediately because I have always found CJ Sansom's books fascinating for the background information that they give to the era involved, e.g. the Shardlake novels give great insight of what is was like to live at that time, as well as the plot. However, the setting for this book...early 1950s (through which I lived)...seem very similar to the the latter part of the century and little information is given to the living styles, etcetera of that time save for fleeting references to "Jive Boys", television, "pea souper" fogs, rationing, and so on (even TV, when mentioned, has very little historical information concerning its early days, i.e. one channel, limited broadcasting times, heavily censored programmes), Even the incredible prejudices of the time get mentioned only in context of the Nazis, Blackshirts, and their acolytes while the man-in-the-street seems to be very liberal, by and large. Not how I remember the times, at all. And what does Mr. Sansom have against Catholics? The..admittedly few...histories that I read of the Second World War seem to be much more forgiving/ understanding to us Papists. I have often mentioned, while chatting to my children, that the 1950s was a different world but it seems remarkably similar to modern day Britain in this novel. Perhaps, being a child at that time, I am too close to that era to appreciate the information provided. The main characters in the book are poorly drawn. I have slowly but surely ploughed through the book but it has been heavy going. Altogether, a very mundane read.