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London: The Novel

London: The Novel
Author: Edward Rutherfurd
ISBN 13: 9780345455680
ISBN 10: 345455681
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2002-10-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 1152
List Price: $18.95

Esta arrolladora novela cuenta dos milenios de historia de una de las ciudades más fascinantes del mundo: Londres. Desde la fundación de un pequeño asentamiento celta a los bombardeos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, pasando por la invasión por parte de las legiones de César en el año 54 a.D, las Cruzadas, la conquista normanda, la creación del teatro Globe en el que Shakespeare estrenaría sus obras, las tensiones religiosas, el Gran Incendio, la época victoriana... cientos de historias mezclan a personajes realies y ficticios, perteneientes a unas pocas sagas familiares que se perpetúan a través de los siglos. Cada episorio de London, profuso en detalles históricos, revela la riqueza, la pasión, el brío y la lucha por sobrevivir de una ciudad única.

Publishers Weekly

Like his aesthetic mentor, James Michener, Rutherfurd (Russka; Sarum) takes readers from primordial days to the present; here he focuses on the last 2000 years of humanity on the island kingdom as manifested through the fortunes of seven families and one ancient, ever-evolving city. Such chapter headings as "The Tower," "Hampton Court" and "The Globe" reveal Rutherfurd's primary techniqueto create verbal dioramas that, alas, too often feel as static and didactic as museum displays. Rutherfurd lavishes his greatest attention on the minor figures in English history rather than the greats. Instead of Shakespeare there is Edmund Meredith, playwright of the middling The Blackamoor; instead of Christopher Wren, there is a cowardly, anti-papist woodcarver; and there is Isaac Fleming, creator of the wedding cake. Due to the sheer scope of Rutherfurd's vision, many signal events, such as the Black Death, are afforded only a glancing nod, while the first and final chapters read more like a mannerly BBC documentary than a proper setup for a legend on a grand scale. Rutherfurd's workmanlike narrative ultimately buckles under the weight of its own vast scale, yet readers will savor individual tidbits like the snapshot of young Geoffrey Chaucer saving an abandoned baby. Readers with imagination may even come away with the sense that great cities aren't just places but living beings with hearts and souls. Major ad/promo; BOMC main selection; simultaneous Random House audio; author tour. (June)