Top positive review
One person found this helpful
A touch of deja vu?
on 23 August 2008
Reading this third volume recounting the adventures of Makepeace Burke and her family I've been struck by the relevance of it's background themes to the situation we find ourselves in today. 'Though I had a serious 2 year immersion in the French Revolution when studying it for A Level (back in the dim and distant 60s) I'd forgotten that there was a similar backlash against liberal values and the rights of the citizen in Britain then as there has been in the reaction of western governments to the threat of terror today. It may have been the Terror in the wake of the revolution that triggered it then but the response to perceived threat over 200 years later has been notably similar. Only reading this did I make the connection.
Having said that, this volume is as compelling as the previous two and I have continued to chortle my way through it despite the suspense created by this very witty and perceptive author. The consistent humour is in the telling of the tale and the characters of those who inhabit it. Though it's probably too much to ask, one could only hope that this set might turn into the kind of series created by Patrick O'Brian. (While reading that I always felt that there was the subject matter of a parallel set of novels in the lives of Sophie and Diana back in England.) This is of similar narative quality and she is an author for whose recommendation I am indebted to Amazon. Now begins a scouring of the second-hand market for the rest of her output and, as it's two years since this one appeared, can one live in hope of an imminent fourth volume?