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Left me feeling disinterested.
on 25 May 2010
I knew very little about George III before I bought this book - limited mostly to Nigel Hawthorne's sympathetic portrayal in the Madness of King George and his supposed interest in farming and agriculture.
I now know some more about the man, his background and the politics of the time. But, for a 400 page book, I don't feel as though I have come away with as much as I had hoped. There is a lot about the continuing change in the government and his seemingly life-long battle with Pitt the Elder and Charles Fox (their life, not his as he outlived them both), some information about the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic wars and a little about his infamous madness.
However, for me the book seemed to struggle, there was not enough information about the wars or government policy which brought about his intense dislike of certain politicians and the seemingly continual change in government. Or, maybe it was merely a reflection of George himself, and that his likes and dislikes were not about the politics, just the men, I am not sure.
I know that it is usually a novelist's preserve to make you feel strongly about the central character, but I also would like to feel something for the subject of a biography, and, I didn't. I finished reading this unsure if I wanted to read any more about George or the period in case I had missed something, or whether that was all there was. I didn't really care about George III, I am not sure whether I liked or disliked him, which is a shame, because I wanted to.
Whilst I will agree that the book was well researched, and, I could not in truth call it boring, neither could I say it was particularly fascinating either. It is a potentially interesting book that has perhaps concentrated in the wrong areas, whilst not a difficult read, it made it seem like a never-ending read.