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Dissapointing - but still worth reading for Francis fans?,
By A Customer
This review is from: Dick Francis: A Racing Life (Paperback)
In general, I should say the book was dissapointing.
I was very irritated by too many repetitions and dogmatic style of writing. In some cases you end up reading almost identical sentences 3 times in the same chapter - in the beginning, mid and end. The author also goes on and on summarising Francis's books, which I assume his fans should know pretty well. What is worse, in order to make a point that Francis is not unique in writing a horse-race thrillers, the author again goes on and on summarising another authors' stories. I had to skip so many pages. I mean, no one is interested if the author read these novels or not.
The book, though, does include some information that is quite interesting for Dick Francis fans. Particularly his relation with his wife Mary, her contributions to his works and some difficulties that they experienced and which were eventually reflected in their (not his - this is the whole point of this book) works were illuminating.
Though badly written, it may be still worth reading for Dick Francis fans. After all, I probably expected too much.