9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An effort to read, but overall worth it,
By A Customer
This review is from: Amsterdam: A brief life of the city (Paperback)
This book did not turn out to be the history lesson i thought it would be. Mak concentrates on the lessor published events and ordinary people who lived in the city. The diary's of the priest who feared for his life and the auctioneer who looked forward to the public handings on the Dam being 2 examples on ordinary folk in the 1600's. Mak's research for detail is immense. I found the period from the 1800's to the present day the best read of the book, especially the War effort and re-building of the city thereafter. But those first 200 pages are hard work. There is so much information to take in you really cannot have long breaks between reads or you'll find yourself re-reading parts you have forgotten. I'd would only recommend the book to those who know or live in the city. It is not to be taken lightly and definitely not a travel guide.
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2009 18:47:32 GMT
Mr. P. J. Dawe says:
This review is more revealing of the reviewer than the book. Mak's trademarks are a talent for detail and the stories of ordinary people. His books repay the effort. If you're not prepared to make the effort, it's your fault, not his. It is not, and never was promoted as, a travel guide!
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