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Not as good as the others
on 4 April 2009
For those who haven't read Edward Rutherfurd books, Dublin follows the usual model - a number of fictitious families are traced through hundreds of years with each chapter telling a story at a particular time in history.
I've always been a big fan of his books (especially London) and was particularly keen to read about Dublin which had such positive reviews. In fact (I think) Dublin is the first of two books written by Rutherfurd about Dublin taking in its history up to 1550.
Yet for me this book lacks something - the research is clearly excellent, with detail upon detail of the kings of Ireland and the relationship with religion, Britain and Norway being included. However, I think this comes at a cost of making the book difficult to follow... the stories on each chapter are not all that interesting and perhaps the book is simply too long - maybe the two Dublin books needed to be combined into one.
That said, the book is an excellent introduction to the history of Dublin so overall my view is mixed...