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The Thieves' Opera: The Remarkable Lives and Deaths of Jonathan Wild, Thief-taker and Jack Sheppard, House-breaker Hardcover – 6 Nov 1997

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x995bf69c) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e132a0) out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as I expected 25 Aug. 2001
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I was disappointed in this book. Even though the author succeeds in painting quite a clear canvas of eighteenth-century London's underworld, she fails to make her subject - the two famed criminals - interesting. I didn't find their personalities gripping, or their stories attractive in the least. The narrative is reiterative, the same things being mentioned again and again, and disjointed, lacking cohesiveness. Curiously, the most interesting parts were those which were accessory to the main story, such as the description of the legal system and medical practice. I wouldn't completely dismiss Lucy Moore as a historian, though - she undoubtedly has done a thorough research, and is not totally ungifted as a writer - but I still think this material would have merited a better rendering.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8774024) out of 5 stars Subject only skimmed 26 Sept. 2001
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The lives of Johnathan Wild and Tom Sheppard could have been told with so much more color. For the most part, I steadfastly plowed through this mostly boring book just to absorb some facts. It was rarely entertaining. The author mostly writes in a formal style. But, then occasionally she will throw in a zinger using conversational English. These breaks with formality were refreshing, interesting and I appreciated it. The most interesting parts of the book were the descriptions of the times, such as the laws, customs, homes, prisons, bribery and corruption, hangings, etc. The author gave an altogether graphic picture of what happens when a person is hanged.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99581a50) out of 5 stars History has never been this enjoyable! 29 Dec. 2000
By Andrea - Published on
Format: Paperback
This fabulously written historical account is put together so well, you forget you're actually getting a history lesson. As a historical romance writer who is often looking to devour books on certain subjects, I find it very difficult to find books that portray history in a vivid manner which makes it easy to swallow several years of history in one sitting without pausing to think 'what in heck is this person talking about?'. The most wonderful aspect of this book on 'criminal' subjects of the 18th century, is that Lucy Moore (the author, of course!) weaves history through the means of beautiful, but simple story telling. And what this means for anyone picking up this book is that history not only can be finally understood, but also re-lived.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1b7cb4) out of 5 stars Buy the paperback, the kindle does not do it justice 1 Feb. 2015
By Deborah Swift - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a well-written book useful for those researching the Georgian period, as well as those interested in the specific characters, but I made the mistake of buying it on kindle because it was on special offer. I since saw the book in a second hand bookshop, and like most non-fiction, the pictures bring it to life. If you're buying this for research purposes, do what I did, and get it as a physical book. It also makes cross-referencing much easier. The book itself tells as much as there is to know from historical records about Wild and Sheppard, it is a shame there is not more. The context is very well portrayed.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e13720) out of 5 stars Great Expectations 7 Mar. 2000
By Michael McDonnell - Published on
Format: Paperback
A great book, with great art. Can't wait to see what Ms. Moore tackles next.
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