THE A5 BOOK REVIEW
London: The Novel is a historical fiction novel by Edward Rutherfurd chronicling the rich history of this amazing city, from the birth of the Thames River in 54 B.C. all the way to 1997, using an imagined and incredibly detailed background of several prominent imaginary families as a very entertaining way to tell the story. It is a remarkable book, factually truthful but highly enjoyable, covering the social and political lives of all classes, from slaves to kings. Rutherford skillfully brings a number of prominent historical figures to life, including Julius Caesar, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare and John Harvard. Be warned – Rutherford’s epic is both a long book and a really hard one to put down.
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ABOUT EDWARD RUTHERFURD
Edward Rutherfurd is best known for historical fiction, with epic meticulously researched novels covering very long periods of time. His first novel, Sarum (1987), covered a ten-thousand year time span, set in the area around Stonehenge and Salisbury, England, where he is from. His other popular works include two books covering the history of Ireland, and several other New York Times best-selling novels on Russia, Paris, and New York.
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“When a voyager begins a journey, he prepares his ship, decides upon his course and sets sail. What else can he do? But he cannot know the outcome – what storms may arise, what new lands he may find, or whether or not he will return. That is destiny, and you must accept it. Never think you can escape destiny.”
- Edward Rutherford, London
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