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London: The Novel Mass Market Paperback – March 28, 1998
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While it's the Ducket/Doggett/DuQuette family that serves as the focus of the book (keep looking for those folks with the webbed fingers and the shock of white hair as you read), it's the City of London itself (and, arguably, its architecture) which is the book's real showpiece. Be prepared to stick an extra bookmark at the front of the book where the maps are, because you're going to need it. If there was a Roman road leading out a City gate, Rutherford has marked it in the text and you're going to walk down it eventually, so get your bearings early. The cast of characters also grows exponentially through the years, as family trees are wont to do, so keep the page of the family trees marked as well.
This isn't a novel (as the cover proclaims) so much as it is a series of vignettes linked by a constant (and consistent) narrative and cast of characters, and Rutherford makes the most of it.Read more ›
However, the most fascinating aspect of this book was the historical growth of London. With each chapter, Rutherfurd reveals more and more characteristics of London such as how certain areas acquired their names or their architectual features. Rutherfurd shows us how gradually the Thames went from the greatest uniter of the people of London to its greatest divider.
All in all, though London didn't keep me reading until four in the morning, I always looked forward to picking it up again the next day.
The book, therefore, succeeds as a primer in the history of a city. We are given the relevant details of the Roman conquest, medieval revolt, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the Great Plague, followed shortly thereafter by the Great Fire, etc., etc. Keep in mind, however, that it is a primer only.Read more ›
One caveat, however. The author weaves many landmarks and names from modern-day London into the plots, thereby explaining their historical origins. If you are not familiar with the city, these references could become annoying background noise. But if you have been to London, these tidbits add a great deal to the enjoyment of the work.
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I wish I would have like this more. I love these types of books, and Rutherfund did a good job, I just couldn't plow through it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by A. Reader
A page turner packed with historic knowledge and information. Learning while being superbly entertained is the bestPublished 8 days ago by Suzanne da Cunha Bang
I tried to follow the threads of different families through the centuries but I was overwhelmed by all the information. Read morePublished 12 days ago by barbara green
disappointed - stories not as lively as in subsequent books - too much on religious issues and took too long to bring narrative forward.Published 14 days ago by Christina B. Hoff
I couldn't read it. The print is way too small. I know that is not the author's fault.Published 15 days ago by Elizabeth Meredith
Historical fiction that reads fast. Don't be daunted by the length of this book. It reads fast as you follow the fictional family lines through ancient London to its post WW2 days. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Gigiuno