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That's the bare outline. What makes this novel remarkable, though, isn't its plot. It's the characters, and the way author Delderfield lets them grow naturally out of the time and place in which he sets them. Adam Swann is in many ways a man ahead of that time, disgusted by what he's seen in war and determined to make his way in the world without committing outrages against basic human decency. In fact, he's determined to make a difference for the better while succeeding as a businessman. Henrietta, blessed with her enterpreneur father's sharp mind and quick wits for commerce, grows from a willful, uneducated and thoroughly spoiled girl into a worthy and even challenging partner for Adam in the course of the book's 800-some pages. Nothing seems forced, and none of the details of Victorian England ring false, in all of those pages. Some of the best reading comes from secondary characters who weave in and out of the main story, because each is well drawn and interesting - no matter how brief the appearance.
A tour-de-force, all in all. One of the best "family sagas" around, still, nearly 40 years after its publication.
I thoroughly enjoyed God Is an Englishman, so much so that even before I finished it, I went and got part two (Theirs Was the Kingdom). It's not an easy read by any means, but very captivating and really a requirement for anyone who wants to read more about one of the most important periods in England's history. Some might say that it's reminiscent of Dickens's books but I should say that probably only in the time set. Through Delderfield's book I got a hopeful outlook, not a grim one.Read more ›
The writing is superb as usual but the content of this book left me yawning for the most part. Eventually I gave up although I did read almost to the end.
It is the first book of a family saga and I definitely won't attempt the others in the trilogy.
Adam Swann is a new breed of Englishman who makes his mark in private enterprise through his innovative horse and carriage hauling business. This is during the period when rail was making itself felt through the villages and countryside of rural England and Swann manages to find his own niche and subsequent wealth.
It was interesting to read about this period but there is too much detail and a whole bevy of characters which at times becomes confusing.
To Serve Then All My Days is a brilliant tour de force by Delderfield and one I would highly recommend, especially if you thought this book was great.
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I give this book five stars for its really interesting story that kept me reading even through painfully long paragraphs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bonnie Dickson
Interesting story about Dickens England. Characters are well drawn and the plot moves along. I enjoyed the book.Published 2 months ago by retired teacher
I discovered this book in the 70's. I've lost track of how many times I have given this Saga to friends. Over the decades it has been harder and harder to find. Thank you Kindle.Published 2 months ago by Julie A Williams
Wonderful book. Left me feeling great and happy. The author is a genius.Published 4 months ago by Diane S. Castor
A good read that makes you wonder what happens next when the book is done.Published 7 months ago by K. Willis
Stiff upper lipness and carry-on Victorian values, the kind of stuff we really need these days. A good overview of England as Empire and Industrialization take hold, warts and all. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Krauss
A fascinating window into 19th century English life centered on the developing transport system. Kept me enthralled throughout! Sometimes strays into excessive detail tho.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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