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Very Hard Going - A Very Burnable Book Indeed!,
This review is from: A Burnable Book (John Gower 1) (Hardcover)
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I really struggled to finish this book - after page 50 I had had enough (Would normally have given up if it had been one I had bought for myself!)
The idea seemed really good - set in the time of Richard the 2nd, with lots of real historical characters including Chaucer and John Gower - and many fictitious characters (mostly in the seedy areas of London). The story moves from England to Italy and to Spain.
Some chapters are written in the 1st Person, as John Gower, the others in the 3rd Person, which was very strange.
There are very many characters in all - the list at the beginning of the book explains who they are - I found I had to keep referring to this. The Genealogical Tables at the front were not included in my review copy - I think these would have been very useful - so the final version will have this advantage.
There is a book of prophecies about the death of a King, Royal intrigues, Political manoeuvring, plots & murders & many descriptions of the lives of the "Underworld" of prostitutes & brothels etc in London.
So why did I struggle to read it???
The writing was dull, the language too stilted, the plot somehow not interesting enough OR maybe too ridiculous - too many characters - so it was hard to understand.