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Thames: Sacred River, Volume 1: The Mirror of History | [Peter Ackroyd]

Thames: Sacred River, Volume 1: The Mirror of History

The Thames has been a highway, a frontier, and an attack route; it has been a playground and a sewer, a source of water and a source of power. Every stretch has its own character, atmosphere and stories. Thames: Sacred River explores the river from source to sea. Peter Ackroyd, best-selling author of London: The Biography, tells the story of the river and the people who have lived on and by it over the centuries.
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The Thames has been a highway, a frontier, and an attack route; it has been a playground and a sewer, a source of water, and a source of power. Every stretch has its own character, atmosphere, and stories. Thames: Sacred River explores the river from source to sea. Peter Ackroyd, best-selling author of London: The Biography, tells the story of the river and the people who have lived on and by it over the centuries.

In part one, The Mirror of History, he explores the river's geology, early history, and mythology with fascinating facts and anecdotes.

© Peter Ackroyd; (P) Random House

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    Jan Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 01-31-08
    Jan Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 01-31-08 Member Since 2006
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    I usually like this sort of thing. By that, I mean books on a single historical topic. I really enjoyed SALT, The Professor and the Madman, and Mauve. However I found the first volume of this pretty uninspiring and dull. I would have thought there would be many more fascinating stories about the early history of the Thames than were revealed in this book. It is also quite expensive and would have cost 3 credits to get the whole book. I decided not to spring for the other two volumes.

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