Don Quixote is a whimsical classic. Its quirky, non-standard, self-referenceing writing makes it unique.
I thought the plot was slow. And the writing a bit tedious at times, but I really liked its realism and unpredictability.
The scholar stammers, searches for words, and doesn't use voice inflection to the benefit of the reader; nevertheless, the content is spot on.
The scholar stammers, searches for words, and doesn't use voice inflection to the benefit of the reader; nevertheless, the content is spot on. If one is interested in a low brow introduction to life in the middle ages, I'd recommend Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" as these Medieval principles are acted out in a compelling narrative, albeit with gratuitous adult content.
After having finished David McCullough book on John Adams and Ron Chernow's book on Alexander Hamilton, I was expecting a brisk ride through the salient events in Jefferson's career. I especially wanted to hear Jefferson's side of his quarrels with Adams and Hamilton. Unfortunately, the "demons" which the title focuses on are not the political elements of Jefferson's life. Here are a few things I found tedious: the sections describing how he designed Monticello, the lack of detail in significant events--some were summed up in a single sentence, and finally the mellow, sing-songy voice of the narrator.
After further reflection, I realize that these grievances are really a reflection on Jefferson's personality and how he viewed the world--giving the reader more complete picture. Since these annoyances support the title, I can't really rate it one star. I found this book a fair, albeit unexciting, character sketch of Thomas Jefferson's darker side.
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