6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Give this a pass,
This review is from: The End of Sparta: A Novel (Hardcover)
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In today's world there are more books than any single person can ever hope to read in a hundred lifetimes. I take reading seriously enough to know that if a book doesn't catch my attention in a respectable amount of time, it is pointless to continue when many others can do a better job of keeping me entertained. I only take such liberties with fictional accounts as history is a wholly separate subject. While Hanson's additions to historical literature might be noteworthy, and if they were written as poorly as this book one might still justify reading them, novels are a different breed. I will not slog through verbal diarrhea that makes me want to skip paragraphs and pages. That is not time well spent. Historical prose can be boring and meandering, it adds something to our knowledge base. Literary prose has to entice, entrap, convince, and appeal, this book, unfortunately, does none of the aforementioned. Authors like Bernard Cornwell make any time period and location that they decide to base a book on a fascinating experience for the reader. 'The End of Sparta' is a chore that I'd rather not be subject to.
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Initial post: Jan 8, 2013 9:39:29 AM PST
Did the reviewer actually read the book?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 10:07:32 AM PST
T. Kunikov says:
Not all of it. I found it impossible to finish, which says something in and of itself.
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