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BK OF KINGS 11KUser Review - Book Verdict
Four students (two Germans, a French-Algerian, and an American) meet at the Sorbonne in 1932, and their lives become caught up in the historical chaos of the period. Thackara's novel was made legendary by a 1997 New Yorker article detailing his 20-year struggle to get it published. That story, unfortunately, is more interesting than the result. The author excels at the World War II battle sequences, but the buildup is often dull. Because so many characters, settings, and situations are tossed about in the opening chapters, it is frequently difficult to follow the intertwining threads. Robert Whitfield does a good job at creating distinctive voices for the huge cast of characters and is even better at the multinational accents, but even he fails to enliven the painfully awkward dialog. Thackara tries to cram in too much history and too many ideas, and he is, alas, not Tolstoy, nor even Herman Wouk. The enormous length and scope of his epic make it unsuitable to experience effectively as audio, except perhaps on a long, long drive. Not recommended.-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. ...
Review: The Book of KingsUser Review - Marius van Blerck - Goodreads
“The time has come (the walrus said) to speak of many things … of ship, of shoes, of sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.” A rather strange book – a cross between a script for a mini-series and an ... Read full review