10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean (Paperback)
I thought this would be a wonderful informative, entertaining and evocative read about the Mediterranean and its people and history. But in the end, I had to force myself to finish it one small chapter at a time. There is plenty to admire in this book, but somehow the overall picture is lost amidst a welter of detail - and the facts tend to overshadow the ideas, the personalities and the atmosphere. I certainly learnt a lot but it all seemed rather a jumble and the style is often uninspired and flat. Could have done with some vigorous editing and sharpening up.