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3.0 out of 5 stars Ponderous, 2 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Whatever it Takes: The Real Story of Gordon Brown and New Labour (Paperback)
Having reached Chapter Five p 147 I'm beginning to flag a little. It's starting to feel rather like the sort of book you had to complete at school or university. I can't quite put my finger on it - I suspect the problem is simply that an editorial pen should have tightened up the prose style. It lacks bite and is frequently repetitious. Which comes as a surprise because I enjoy his newspaper articles and his radio contributions.I hope that things will sharpen up in the remaining 300 pages but I'm not convinced. Still, travel hopefully.

I have finished it and my general criticism remains the same. Some insights but too often buried in a prose style which lacks intensity and seems stretched to warrant the length of the book.
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Peter says:
The book is often very difficult to read, not because of the complexity of issues but because of the poor prose such as inappropriate word selection, badly constructued sentences and poor pacing. Had to put it down after the first couple of chapters.
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