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This review is from: Galileo's Dream (Hardcover)
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This is a book to be savoured. It builds slowly, giving a great sense of Galileo's Italy and of the scientific and religious dilemmas of his age, before the inevitable clash in world views and the move to resolution.
In 17th century Italy the book works well and was an enjoyable read. I found it harder to square the future world into which Galileo is thrust at intervals during the novel. It felt more like a plot devise to create tension in Galileo's Italy than a fully fledged strand of the book.
Whether this is a problem depends on whether you are reading the book as a plot driven novel, or as another stunning demonstration of Robinson's gorgeous sweeping prose. If the latter is the case then this is a novel to be snapped up and enjoyed at a leisurely pace.