The Book of Kings is an epic novel that begins in the years shortly before World War II and leads up to the present day. While Europe drifts toward Nazism, four students share an apartment on the rue de Fleurus in Paris. Thackara brilliantly forges the stories of these four men whose lives mirror the larger picture. The title alludes to God's prophetic warning to Samuel about the rise of man-made kings. James Thackara, as John Walsh wrote in The New Yorker, "watches Hitler's rise from a dozen different perspectives: at Nuremberg rallies; as reported in dinner table gossip; in close-up appearances at Hindenburg's side; in letters and rumors of war; in the gradually thickening atmosphere of fright and inevitability." A work of extraordinary vision and range, The Book of Kings magnificently fuses myth and the inexorable events of history.More
"Absorbing...when you encounter one of the huge set-pieces that punctuate the action you are rocked on your heels." (The New Yorker)
"The book nobody should miss reading....Comparisons to War and Peace may be effusive but not totally unwarranted....A crowning achievement." (The Seattle Times)
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A super extended version of 'Allo 'Allo
Philosophy gone mad.
Deep thinkers and those able to hold a large number of characters and situations in their head.
something simple and back to crime.
A difficult job not altogether successfully.
A lot of the superfluous cutting back and forward into history.
Some will enjoy this book but it was far too long, with far too much back-chasing and very little description of where you were and about whom at any one time.