I have always enjoyed the poetry of Percy Shelley, but never really took a closer look at the man behind Prometheus Unbound. I came across this biography by chance and thought I'd give it a go. It was definitely worth it. It reads like a great epic, and is a true page-turner, you just can't wait to read what will happen next. From author notes in anthologies I always thought Shelley was a mild, liberal, extremely good-natured example of a human being, but this biography presents him as a sort of quasi-demon, a man imbued with good and evil just like everyone else; at times a seducer, an egoist, a libertine. As with all biographies, you will never know whether it is the truth of the man that Shelley was, but like all novels, this must be read for pleasure rather than facts. One star less because the pace evidently slows down in the last quarter of the novel, whereas it took me just a couple of days to read the first half, I have been trying to get through the second half for the third week and still have about 100 pages left. Being limited by time is one of the problems, but it also is simply not as gripping as it was to start with. All in all though, wonderful book, brilliantly researched, and very well written.
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