The Book of Kings

  • Title: The Book of Kings
  • Author: James Thackara
  • ISBN: 9781585670505
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Book of Kings 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
    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 GerOne 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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    About James Thackara


    1. James Thackara was born in California to Argentinean born James Justin Thackara and Ellen Louise Schmid from Greenville, Texas His parents marriage broke down before Thackara s birth and thereafter, his mother travelled with her young son through Europe and the Americas At the age of eleven, he was sent to the first of several boarding schools While studying at Harvard University, Thackara was mentored by Peter Taylor, resulting in a close personal friendship that lasted till the end of Taylor s life.Thackara explored the making of the first atomic bomb in his first published novel, America s Children A lightly fictionalised biography of Robert Oppenheimer, it was purchased in 1984 by Chatto and Windus The commercial success of The Book of Kings caused America s Children to be republished in Britain after 19 years, and for it to be published in the US for the first time in 2002 In one of the book s first reviews, The Economist praised the trenchant novel for depicting the drama of Oppenheimer torn between lust for scientific achievement and horror of prospective success Ahab s Daughter was published by Abacus in 1989.The Book of Kings, published by Overlook Press in 1999, had taken Thackara than 20 years to complete.


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    1. This book kept me interested enough to make it through 700 plus pages, yet I have very mixed feelings about it.Thackara's prose style often tried my patience. His words made up long strings that kept tangling. Sometimes I put forth the energy to go back and re-read and untangle the knotted words. Sometimes I threw up my hands and decided to just let it go. While I could make my way through the story without each sentence making sense, I did feel quite frustrated at times. I often like dense pros [...]

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    2. “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 attempt at a 20th century Tolstoy novel. The basic concept is intriguing, and there are elements of a good yarn here, but somehow there’s a hollowness that doesn’t ring true. It’s hard to put a finger on whether this is because of the dialogue, the emotional depth of the characters or the stor [...]

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    3. a beast of a book I have been dabbling in for a couple of years; yes I have been reading it as long as I have had RJn't judge me; have you seen it? it is like a good scotch, can't drink the whole bottle in one sitting, it is best enjoyed in pieces; well that or it is an addiction and I will never kick the habit because I still have HALF THE BOOK TO GO! Beautifully written about friends from college who are from different countries as the world gets ready for war (WWII).

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    4. Not as good as it should have been. Perhaps a work of genius, but more likely a life's work (25 years or something in the writing) that just was not as wonderful as Thackera intended.

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