3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Started well, petered out,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Austerity Britain: A World to Build (Paperback)
I really wanted to like this book, and was intrigued by the approach of taking a whole host of material sources to paint the pictures of life in Britain immediately after WWII.
The overall thesis is clear, Britain goes through stages with the author's austerity period being (roughly) VE Day -> Maggie gets elected. I assume the next phases is boom-bust being Maggie through the the currently predicted Cameron victory, but I don't think I'll be looking out for the book.
The reason for my disappointment stems from having been very absorbed in the first few chapters, the birth of the welfare state, central planning, urban regeneration and other majjor topics, then having to put the book down for a few weeks. When I returned to it I (unusually) found that not only could I not spot where I had read to, but then accidentally reread a chapter before spotting a familiar page, thus leading me to realise that the whole style of the book was very comfortable but like one of those documentaries spun over two hour long episodes that could have been compressed into 40 minutes - easy to watch on a wet evening but not actually a great use of time.
Suffice it to say I struggled to get back into this book, and have actually abondaned play (something I almost never do).
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 25 Jan 2010 13:05:55 GMT
a customer says:
I believe the review tells us much more about the reviewer's limitations than Kynaston's skills as a writer. "It is not all books that are as dull as their readers."
‹ Previous 1 Next ›