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"London", by Edward Rutherfurd

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 3:21 am
by Shelley
At over 1100 pages, it's a commitment, and worth it. Even though it's fiction, Rutherfurd packs historic information into each page. I'd read "Sarum", so knew what to expect (he covers the development of a region from pre-history to the 20th century). Wordwizards will particularly enjoy the stories around English words and phrases. There could be a lot of "folk etymology" in there, but since Rutherfurd seems to have done his homework in all other areas, I'm willing to trust him. Anyway, it's a fun (long!) read. I've really learned a lot -- even reaching a shaky understanding of the succession of Kings and Queens!

Tony h, on another thread (about the Temple -- remember?) you mentioned walking in the same paths that a couple of Roman guys might have walked 2000 years ago -- having a real sense of their presence and the passage of time. This book really conjured that sense for me.

"London", by Edward Rutherfurd

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:57 am
by tony h
Shelley I do agree with you on this one. My wife gave the book to me, after she had read it, and I devoured it during the course of a week. Another excellent book, though without the fictional narrative, is Norman Davies’s Europe.

PS I have the photo’s of John Goldsmiths grave, if you send me an email address I will send them to you.