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Citizens: A Chronicle of The French Revolution
Citizens: A Chronicle of The French Revolution
by Simon Schama
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potted, 19 Jun. 2012
Some additions to my understanding - the ancien regime was more innovative than stagnant, Beaumarchais looks interesting - but overall it reduced and fogged my vision of the revolution in the swirl of personalities. Crucial developments are lost amidst dramatic episodes and vignettish digressions.

I would take the advice of others about better books, especially to start with.

BTW Dickens Tale of Two Cities which got me re-interested in FR is a cracking read.


The Passage
The Passage
by Justin Cronin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Western, 4 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The Passage (Paperback)
I Am (Very Long) Legend meets How the West Was Won (Again). White settler quest with orcs as the Indians. Oh dear oh dear.


Underworld
Underworld
by Don DeLillo
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away, 21 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Underworld (Paperback)
The opening chapter blows (you) away. Published three years before 9-11, this is a riveting multi-focal account of a baseball game incorporating historical and fictional characters, which climaxes with thousands of pieces of paper floating down from the stands and characters hanging from walls before falling to earth as they drop to invade the pitch. Creepily prescient for a "Great American Novel" about the Cold War and after.

The next section cuts promisingly to the desert and a modern artistic community painting B52s in dry storage, observed from a hot-air balloon. A cast of believable characters emerges, the dialogue is sharp and the scenes visualise well but then what else? Loads of men beefing and joking about this and that; 'under'-themes of conspiracies and waste (garbage managers, sewage, radioactive deserts); women who enter in order to generate a little desultory adultery.

This is a man's world and a man's book written as a literary giant killer (the anxiety of influence for the author; the anxiety of not having read the new Ulysses for the reader).

After 300 (/800) pages of great writing but little sign of a plot, I just stopped. So I'd agree with Mr B.


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