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Theirs Was the Kingdom (The Swann Family Saga: Volume 2) Paperback – 1 Sep 1987

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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340162252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340162255
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 4.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R.F. Delderfield is a born storyteller (Sunday Mirror)

His narratives belong in a tradition that goes back to John Galsworthy (Life Magazine)

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The second book in R.F. Delderfield's brilliant saga of the Swann family, which has captivated readers since its first appearance.

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Format: Paperback
Theirs Was the Kingdom is the second in a trilogy about people, events and the life and times of Victorian Britain. It's an old friend of mine: I've read the trilogy three or four times, and find it a great holiday read - it's too absorbing to risk having around when work is pressing. Delderfield uses the fortunes of the Swann family to portray Victorian society as Britain develops from a small but energetic nation to the head of the greatest empire of modern times. But Delderfield was a man of his times too, and, although by trade a journalist, he loves the stately prose of a more leisured age than ours. So it's not for the concentration-challenged; but if you appreciate good writing and an absorbing story, you'll value every page.
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This tome continues where "God is an Englishman" left off, relating the fortunes and failures of the children of Adam and Henrietta Swann. They had nine in total, so there is plenty to tell. Delderfield is a leisurely writer, occupied as much with the changing landscape of Victorian England as he is with the changing lives of his characters. This is not a book for the faint-hearted reader raised on sound bites. It is a book of immense detail and characterization--an entire generation has been created in the mind of one man, and he takes nearly 900 pages to present it to his reader. If you like your books long, if you relish the magnificence of English history, and if you've already read "God is an Englishman", then this is the book for you.
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I did enjoy reading this. However, the story could have been a 3rd shorter. It is frequently bulked out by continual references to earlier incidents in book one and also previous happenings earlier in this novel. I kept waiting for a real tragedy to happen but so far it is happy ever after. Remains to be seen what happens n book 3!
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I felt compelled to submit this review after being shocked by the low overall rating og this book. I found it to be an excellent second piece to the trilogy and a joy to read. Not for the reader who's looking for a "quick read," but engaging enough to make the time fly, Theirs Was the Kingdom--like it's companions in the Swann saga--is an excellent story, and you'll reach the last page thankful that there's more to come. Don't miss it: curl up by the fire w/a good glass of wine and enjoy.
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I always enjoy a good book that is well written and factual correct and R F Delderfield is just that. However enjoyment of reading the book was spolit, because a number of paragraphs were repeated as much as four times section three.
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An enormous pleasure to reread this book after many years, together with the others in the Swann sequence. One wonders at the Delderfield genius in that he produced such a wealth of brilliant writing in by current standards what was a sadly short life.
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If you want a quiet, slow read over a long period of time, this is a good book. It is harmless. Nothing ever happens to anyone that is in any way harsh or jarring. But, it does feel like it was written to a pre-plotted scheme and lacks some drama. I did like the way the author would periodically remind the reader of all the characters in the book, which kept you from missing plot items. Overall, a light read, but not one I'd do again.
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I was delighted to find this book on the kindle list; its long been a favorite of mine along with the others in the set. He is a magnificent writer, with a use of language not often seen now a days.
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