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The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys
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bookshelves: 2011, canadian, england, free, historical, short-stories, twenty-first-century
Recommended to Ibis3 by: CBC
Recommended for: Londoners
Read from July 12 to August 02, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: once

A series of vignettes, one for each winter the Thames froze over. Frost fairs, frozen birds, skating, roasted oxen, frozen birds, drownings, near drownings, frozen birds, near hypothermia, lots of frozen birds. Oh, and frozen birds. It was interesting, for a person like me who grew up in places that froze over every year (albeit with the benefit of central heating indoors), to read about freak frosts in a place that rarely sees winters so cold. But I feel I got over it long before the London Bridge was rebuilt. Many of the stories were rather on the same-y side, with little differentiation in narrative voice. I did spread the reading out over a few weeks, but I think the best way would have been to read one vignette every couple of months or so. Pluses for the book design.
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