5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wonder where the biography finishes and the fiction starts,
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This review is from: Kepler (Paperback)
This is the fictional version of the life of Kepler. I found it very interesting though to me the subject matter, Kepler was a seventeenth century astronomer, is dry. Banville does turn a rather boring life's work into a good story. The work is thought provoking and touches on the state of religious affairs in Europe at this time, as well as the way a mathematician has to pay his way. Keplar had to rely on sponsors such as the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolph II and his successors during a time of religious turmoil and wars for the right to rule.