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This review is from: New York (Paperback)
Firstly I have to say don't be intimidated by the size of this book! (even at over 1000 pages). I had visited New York City about 3 years ago and was fascinated by the idea that someone had written a book charting the history of this truly wonderful city, using ficitonal characters. Whilst, as in some other reviews have stated, that not every fact contained within this novel is strictly historically correct this did not deter me from realising just what a great book this is. To hold anyones attention for this length of book is somewhat masterful on the part of the author. At no point did I feel I wanted to give up or speed read as it is such an interesting book.
The book charts the history of New York through roughly 350 years, taking into account all of the well known incidents in this city as well as some less well known. It is told through the eyes of 5 different families who all make their own different way within this exciting city and it gives a fictional account of each of these families lives but relating to real life events. Now I am the first to admit that I am not usually a reader of historical fiction such as this but I had heard such great things about both this author and this book that I decided to give it a try. That is a decision I will never ever regret as I truly loved this book and put it amongst my top ten. It would certainly encourage me to read more of Edward Rutherfurd's books. If you are perhaps sceptical that a book this length or of this genre could hold your attention from start to finish then I would say don't hesitate to buy it. It is a great read!