I have nothing against well- written popular histories. Unfortunately this is not one. Marc Morris has produced the literary equivalent of an elderly Uncle at a wedding trying to get down with the kids by unsuccesfully attempting the latest dance moves.
Like the aforementioned relative he doesn't do it well and the attempt is embarrassing. Referring to monarchs as guys, lame attempts at levity, spattering the text with unnecessary explanations in parentheses and inserting ill-advised vernacular expressions every so often makes reading this excruciating. I know that this was published as a TV tie in but really don't think equating this with needing a badly dumbed-down book is fair. The style is also painfully uneven. One could uncharitably asume that it was a cut and paste job of the tv script and chunks from his other books with the occasional new passage to link it up.
I have read all of Marc Morris' other books and foolishly assumed that this one would at least be readable. I was wrong.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2506 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099558491
- Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; UK ed. edition (3 May 2012)
- Sold by: PRH UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007W1BTG4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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