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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It took me a few chapters to get into this book but after that I found the historical backdrop of this great city of the world fascinating. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the second book I've read by Rutherfurd- the first being Sarum. I really like his style of writing- historical fiction at its best.Published 4 days ago by KrisBeough
Unless you are an avid history buff and can read almost nonstop, this did not rate as one of the highest in my estimation.Published 7 days ago by doofus4
This book was a MONSTER to read. It took forever. At first I found it to be a little bit slow (hence 4 instead of 5 stars), but as the families and characters were introduced it... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Seb
I thought the book got off to a good start in its description of the geologic formation of the Thames valley, but then plunges to an unbearable corniness as the first characters... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Steven R. Kelly
Edward Rutherfurd has the rare ability to describe in great detail while keeping the interest of the reader. Read morePublished 28 days ago by sue
This book is amazing and I absolutely love it. Great way to get a history lesson. I want to keep in my libraryPublished 1 month ago by Demo Woman
I've enjoyed reading the three or four books I've read from Mr. Rutherford and would read another in the future.Published 1 month ago by James T.