As nonfiction, the book would be pretty fascinating. As a work of fiction, however, it comes off as trite, hokey and predictable. I haven't read any other Eggers before, but as a piece of literature, it is pretty much paint-by-numbers. The material itself is incredibly interesting, but the narrative structure, one-note tone throughout, and clunky foreshadowing all tend to muffle rather than enhance the natural sense of wonder the reader should feel upon reading such an inherently interesting tale. I would recommend as adolescent fiction, perhaps.
While I love history, I don't have a scholarly background in the subject. I admittedly like person centric histories with a narrative so history scholars who don't need a narrative might like it.
Possibly The Glorious Cause
I don't think so, but the content was certainly difficult to bring to life.
Disappointment. I really wanted to learn about the period, but I needed a narrative and some personalities to grab on to. I wish someone else wrote a review warning me.
It's more of the same, slow burn, character driven, well written story telling. Rothfuss just plain knows how to spin a tale. I find myself enthralled by even the little interstitial stories the characters tell to each other.
I don't agree with the socio-economic slant but who cares. Reading is about exploring other points of views, not just those which conform to our own. The world that the author created is so richly detailed that everything feels real despite the leaps of imagination the text demands. I highly recommend and look forward to the sequel.
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