The Book of Kings

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Overlook Press, 2000 - Fiction - 773 pages
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One of the publishing sensations of last year, and now sold in Germany, Spain, Holland, Italy, and the UK, James Thackara's The Book of Kings is set across the entire continent of Europe in the years shortly before and during World War II. Charged with the gorgeous ambiance of Hemingway's Paris and rivaling the scope of Dostoevsky and Melville, The Book of Kings tracks Germany's drift toward Nazism from 1932, when a quartet of students at the Sorbonne -- David and Johannes, both German; Justin, a French/Algerian scholarship student; and Duncan, an American with an attachment to "old" Europe -- shares an apartment on the Rue de Fleurus. Thackara brilliantly weaves the stories of these four men whose lives mirror the larger picture. The Book of Kings is a work of extraordinary vision and range magnificently fusing mythology and the inexorable events of history.

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User Review  - libraryhermit - LibraryThing

kswolff didn't like this book, but I am a sucker for long drawn-out sagas about war, so I went stoically through to the very end. I didn't suffer from any longeurs. Maybe I am too forgiving. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The rise of Nazism and the disillusioning of Europe's young intellectuals are the primary themes of this inordinately ambitious third novel by an American-born writer long resident in England, where ... Read full review


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James Thackarawas born in California in 1944 and educated in Buenos Aires, Provence, California, Rome, Switzerland and New England, graduating from Harvard in 1967, where he studied under Peter Taylor, Fredric Jameson, and Joseph Frank. He is the author of two other novels, America s Children and Ahab s Daughter.

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