The Pope's Rhinoceros Paperback – 14 Apr 2003
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"Mr. Norfolk's heady originality and intellectual energy are apparent on every page."
"The biggest book--in every sense--to be published in English since the Second World War...I was thrilled and engaged by its brilliance."
"Norfolk's ferocious, greedy orginiality of angle and expression evokes continous astonishment."
'Spell-binding entertainment, richly imagined, painstakingly researched, superbly paced and utterly gripping' - Michael Dibdin, Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
A brilliantly enjoyable read, although not for the commitment-shy reader. Make time for this book and it will reward you in spades.
The sequence in Africa was like something out of H Rider Haggard (I was a great fan of his books when I was young), yet various characters' motives were never explained. Why the long description of lost wax bronze casting? Why were animals and some characters cast adrift on rafts? Perhaps the author knew but he didn't tell his readers, or was I not clever enough to follow him?
Sometimes it was very funny, sometimes grim.
His decriptions of what happened at Prato, a real historical massacre, were very restrained but still horrifying.
Unfortunately the final scenes in Rome descended in farce, making me wonder if persevering for 600 pages had really been worth it!
For me the final verdict of a book is, would I look out for another book by this author? And in the case of Lawrence Norfolk I'm not sure; maybe, but not for a long while yet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the most unreadably unreadable book I have ever failed to complete.
Overwritten, overlong and overvalued.
I loved John Saturnall's Feast but find this a bit harder-going. Lawrence Norfolk's poetic style can get a bit tedious after a while. Brilliantly researched and atmospheric though.Published on 30 Mar. 2013 by Alison
I don't mind dense, complicated prose, or convoluted plots. But it has to be worth it. And for me, this novel didn't deliver enough to justify the seriously large amount of time,... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2009 by PB
And it was an effort. I took this book out of Andover library because it was the thickest thing in there (I had a lot of time on my hands). Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2004 by Mike May