I thought this book was fantastic, immersive and full of detail. It is dense and long and took me a few weeks to read but I thoroughly enjoyed being dI thought this book was fantastic, immersive and full of detail. It is dense and long and took me a few weeks to read but I thoroughly enjoyed being drawn into the Victorian world in which it is set. The characters were vibrant and I felt curious about them all. I enjoyed the style of the book, the writer seems to deliberately lead the reader on a journey through the story meeting people and learning details along the way so much so it felt like he was an unseen extra character acting as the guide. Well worth taking time to read this....more
The Other Boleyn Girl is one of my favourite books, it introduced me to the type of historical novel which blends historical figures and knowledge witThe Other Boleyn Girl is one of my favourite books, it introduced me to the type of historical novel which blends historical figures and knowledge with a fictional account of events, now one of my favourite genres.
The Boleyn Inheritance follows on from The Other Boleyn Girl - beginning with the arrangement of Henry VIII's fourth marriage to Anne of Cleves and ending with the beheading of his fifth wife Katherine Howard.
Narrated in turn by Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Jane Rochford (Sister in Law to Anne Boleyn.) I love this female perspective of life and times in the Tudor court - the terror of their situation, the manipulation, plotting and betrayl that underpins court life and the rise and fall of individuals and families within.
A must-read for those who enjoy historical fiction.
**spoiler alert** Set in the Pacific Northwest of America during the 1950's Snow Falling on Cedars explores the aftermath of the mysterious drowning o**spoiler alert** Set in the Pacific Northwest of America during the 1950's Snow Falling on Cedars explores the aftermath of the mysterious drowning of a fisherman who is found entwined in his nets off the island of San Piedro.
In essence this is a court room drama but it achieves alot more than that. The writer takes much time to explore the racial tensions and prejudice against Japanese Americans following Pearl Harbour and still present years later. Also the book observes the history and atmosphere of the San Piedro setting and the many different experiences and motivations of its people. In fact, through revealing their family background, personal experiences and often very intimate details of daily life the characters are fully formed - we have a sense of why they are as they are.
Initially, I wasn't sure if I liked the authors style, I wasn't instantly drawn into the story I think perhaps due to the amount of time dedicated to detailed description but my interest grew as I progressed through the novel. David Guterson certainly has a wonderful ability with descriptive language which I found evocative and poetic and I think it is one of the principal aspects of the book that will stay with me.
My first experience of reading Beryl Bainbridge was An Awfully Big Adventure and I admit it left me underwhelmed and disinclined to read further but sMy first experience of reading Beryl Bainbridge was An Awfully Big Adventure and I admit it left me underwhelmed and disinclined to read further but since several people recommended Every Man for Himself, I decided to give her another try and I'm pleased to find I enjoyed this book considerably more.
Set on the Titanic, the book begins with a strong and captivating opening chapter, the pace then slows as we spend much of the novel dwelling on the first class decks. We observe the oppulance of the surroundsings, the social interactions and frictions of the affluent people aboard. The book makes an insightful and occasionally cutting examination of the social elite of the day and the undercurrent of class division.
For me, this was a novel that builds as it progresses - while I was intererested and enjoying the book for the first two thirds, the final third was difficult to put down as the disaster unfolds and confusion and disbelief take a hold....more