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King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett
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Feb 06, 11

bookshelves: unfinished
Read from December 31, 2010 to February 06, 2011

500 pages into this 700 page book, I gave up, feeling defeated. It's a Great Book--wonderful story, wonderful writing, wonderful historical look into a character most of us only know through Shakespeare. And how daring to take this well-trodden Scot and give him a flavor that is more convincingly Nordic, highlighting the muddy mess of history in that corner of Scotland.

But I finally gave up and it's probably not the book's fault.


This is not meant to be a bedtime book, but rather, a book you can sink your teeth into, tearing off huge chunks and eating them like you were ripping apart bread at a medieval table. It's good stuff, but not well suited to the tiny bites and sips you can fit in before falling asleep.

The characters were definitely appealing (Thorfinn/MacBeth almost too much so), and I greatly appreciated another view of Lady MacBeth.

Someday, I hope to reread this. Perhaps when I am getting more sleep.
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