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1.0 out of 5 stars Verbose, 13 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain (Hardcover)
I found this book very disappointing because it often meandered. For example the chapter on Roman YORK ends on a multipage discourse on the relevance of the Romans on Britain today! Tell me more about York or move on to another chapter heading. Reading through this I was reminded of an undergraduate essay in which the writer believes they have run out of anything useful to say and is basically padding the essay out in the hope of gaining marks but actually just irritates the reader! I'm aware the author writes for the Guardian which is also guilty of this style of florid writing rather than conveying the information the reader really wants, so perhaps I should've been warned.

If you want to know about Roman Britain succinctly , don't buy this book and search for any of the many definitive books out there. If you like reading prose that blurs meaning and direction and is just as much about the author as the subject, and you enjoy that imprecision, then this is the book for you.
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Initial post: 16 Dec 2013 22:41:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Dec 2013 09:12:48 GMT
Slow Lorris says:
Did you not read the dust jacket blurb before you started? That would have told you what the book is trying to achieve. The "meanders" are the whole point.

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