The Man from St. Petersburg Hardcover – January 1, 1982
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- ASIN : B00005WCKN
- Publisher : William Morrow; Book club edition (January 1, 1982)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 305 pages
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #167,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book starts a little bit slowly - but one becomes "interested" in the characters and what makes them tick - - and, WOW!, does one find out!!
I - quite literally - could not stop reading the last 20-25% of the book! Read way past my normal "bed time" and will pay for it later today - - but it was worth it. The last chapter requires a little "suspension of disbelief" - - but not much and the novel is brought to a satisfying conclusion - but I will not say for whom. The Epilogue wraps things up even more satisfyingly.
If you enjoy historical fiction and/or Ken Follett, you shouldn't miss this one!
He does his usual capitalistic trick of extending the story unnecessarily through predictable delays and sidetracks in the plot. Some of his takes stretch the limits of credulity in order to make a really bad guy look superhuman.
His storyline includes a good amount of historical data that seems plausible, especially as it relates to the suffrage movements principles and the broad outline of the workings of nations.
True to form, everyone conservative is a villain to Follett.
Clever writing, sometimes tedious but still worth reading.
Top reviews from other countries
It's a wonderfully personal elitist world that has an impact on this hugely impressive backdrop of power at the very highest level. You will be kept guessing in all of the twists and turns right to the very last chapter. The epilogue is quaint and had me rushing to find out how much of this is real.
You will have to judge that for yourself.
The two main female characters, Lydia and Charlotte, are naïve to the point of stupidity, the police are bungling and so incompetent that they couldn't even catch a cold and the main good guy, Stephen, is immensely competent (could even make it as a slips fielder for England), except that he cannot count beyond seven.
The setting is good - the lives of the upper class in the period immediately preceding WW1 (although I felt far too much writing was devoted to descriptions of the dresses), the inequality and hypocrisy in English society, the home and international politics of the period and the suffragette movement.
Worth a read....if you are looking for real escapism and having nothing better lying around.
So many insights were woven into the story. For instance, there is no right or wrong political ideology because our world is full of imperfect people with misguided motivations. We have seen many cases throughout history where the overthrow of one system is simply replaced by a system that introduces a new set of imperfections and corruption.
On reading this book, I found is possible to understand and appreciate the reasons for the evolution of both the hard-nosed revolutionary, reacting against the exploitation of the lowest strata of society, and the well-meaning member of the ruling aristocracy, trying to make sense of the social mores of a world that was all he had known.
I will forgive Follett his socialist agenda because he explored the minds of his characters so well. There were no heroes and villains – just people who were the product of their flawed circumstances.
What I like particularly about his writing was that all the characters were treated synpathically, as real people, not simply black and white, good and evil, but a mixture of both, as all humans beings are.
A definite page turner. It was difficult to put down. You wanted to know what was going to happen next. That is what a good read should be.