London PDF/EPUB Ú Paperback

London PDF/EPUB Ú Paperback

London [PDF / Epub] ☆ London Author Edward Rutherfurd – Here is Edward Rutherfurd's classic novel of London a glorious pageant spanning 2000 years He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever shifting fortunes fates and intri Here is Edward Rutherfurd's classic novel of London a glorious pageant spanning years He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever shifting fortunes fates and intrigues of half a dozen families from the age of Julius Caesar to the th century Generation after generation these families embody the passion struggle wealth and verve of the greatest city in the world.

10 thoughts on “London

  1. Gary Gary says:

    This epic work really does bring history alive in your as Rutherford moves from chapter to chapter effortlessly tracing the history of the remarkable city London and 5 remarkable familiesThere is not a dull moment and this should really awaken any interest you may have in historyIncredible men and unforgettable often extremely sensual women enliven the pages of this work as you gain knowledge about England and in the last chapter the message of the book is described succinctlyThe rich tapestry of different people that formed the English CeltsRomansAnglesSaxonsJutesDanesNormans FlemishGerman and Italian merchants French Huguenots and in recent times the Irish and Jewish communities in London and other big citiesAs an archaeology Professor puts it at the end of the bookSo when we dig deep into the earth under our feet and fall all that is left of that man or woman I try to remember that what I am seeing and handling is a huge and endless compression of livesand sometimes in our work here I feel as if we've somehow entered that layer of compressed time prised open that life a single day even with its morning and evening and its blue sky and its horizonWe've opened just one of the millions and millions of windows hidden in the ground'

  2. Natalie Natalie says:

    A sprawling historical novel as big as London itself it was reuired reading before I went to study abroad and I've read it twice since Rutherford did an incredible amount of research and it all comes together beautifully The characters' family trees carry through the entire history of Britain pre Roman through WWII This book is so dear to my heart

  3. Dave Dave says:

    The third book of Rutherford's that I've read of this type Have previously read Sarum and Russka and this book pretty much followed those; nothing really surprising or extraordinary about this bookI suggest reading this book for of the historical facts than any sort of story telling As a history of London and England it's nice in that it's not too dry and involves a little bit of fictional aspects However the fact that the characters change every couple of chapters as the narrative jumps forward in time hurts the flow of the story and stops you from developing any sort of attachment to the characters Really who cares if a character gets what they want achieves their dreams are the good guybad guy when you know that in the next chapter you'll jump ahead to their descendents where their circumstances might have completely changed??So I'd recommend the book if you're looking for of a historical read rather than one based on a compelling story Not bad and I'll probably go out and read the one Rutherford wrote about Ireland

  4. Chariti King Canny Chariti King Canny says:

    I did not like this book and probably won't finish it though I'm 34 of the way through The author goes from life to life through the history of London and because it's such massive history is unable to give details about the characters and environments that I usually adore Because of this lack of detail I feel disconnected from the characters and the story I chose to read it after going to London and wishing I could learn about the historical day to day I think reading seperate books about different periods of the history perhaps specific biographies might satisfy me

  5. Greg Greg says:

    UPDATE An author certainly can't cover every historical event concerning London in a single volume or perhaps even in a series of volumes However to me Rutherford completely skips over a vital part of London's history a cultural one that had a worldwide impact perhaps as much of an impact as other issues Before laughing out loud here me out the world is still reeling from the impact of London's Swinging 60's things such as fashion the sexual revolution music films class etc When I was a child there were two places North Carolina and London Agatha Christie the Beatles and haircuts etc I did enjoy London but I gotta take one star away from my original five star review ORIGINAL REVIEWWhen King Charles exceeds his powers Parliament revolts Charles decides to govern without Parliament and to make a secret alliance with Scotland so England charges him with treason and chops his head off In public Incompetent rulers thieves murderers etc are still in fashion but so is a kind of hushheard all over the worldthat's the sound of lovers falling in love London's Herman's Hermits pop song from the mid '60s Thus King Charles and hundreds of other characters in this sensational novel are relevant today It would be wonderful to think it's nice we don't have chopping blocks any but in reality we've simply changed weapons let's not forget that a year ago on June 12 2016 49 adults partying were shot dead at a nightclub in Orlando Florida In London Rutherford tosses his story ingredients to the sky and amazingly keeps the words flowing for 1124 pages of literary heaven This masterpiece of historical fiction is right up there with Follett's mesmerizing Pillars of the Earth which if I recall correctly opens with violence Some things never change and thankfully one of those things is yes the sound of hush Oh and as a side note the cover of the paperback edition I read was absorbing I could absolutely see the image of the Eifel Tower rising among the clouds perhaps a subliminal message from Rutherford that his Paris is coming soonbut those other cloudsand what exactly are all those characters doinggotta give this novel itself a PG rating but that cover is definitely closing in on an R rating

  6. Kevin Kevin says:

    London stretches all the way from Roman times to the present The author tells stories at the most dramatic moments of that city's history leaping from Caesar's invasion to the Norman Conuest to the Great Fire to the Blitz with many stops in between London is ambitious and students of English history will eat it up I really enjoyed this one

  7. Debie Debie says:

    If you happen to like hauling around 1000 page books with you for weeks you'll love this one Although not in the same league as Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and World Without End this is a nice book for Follett fans who are suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms after finishing those two great novels I probably could have done without the first 200 pages I really didn't need to know how the White Cliffs of Dover were formed to lead into the rest of the book but once I got past the first several centuries the book became much interesting It also took a while for me to feel connection with the characters Rutherfurd covers far actual history than Follett I found myself spending a lot of time Googling specific historical events as I read along This book is taking me a long time to read because I wanted to see what the Tower of London looked like I wanted to read about London Bridge I even rented several DVDs that coincided with the time period in the book to get a feel of the culture costumes and setting as I read I don't believe any book has ever engaged me to this degree I certainly wouldn't consider myself a history geek so it is a pleasant surprise that I am truly enjoying learning so much about British history I am looking forward to finally finishing London about 100 pages to go and reading some of the other epics by Rutherfurd After all I've built up such great arm muscles already

  8. WhatIReallyRead WhatIReallyRead says:

    This was like a cross between a history textbook and One Hundred Years of Solitude It's the history of London since before the Roman invasion till modern times told through life stories of generations upon generations of a few of the same families So 2000 Years of Solitude in London if you will I vaguely expected the book to rapidly gloss over the olden times and spend 80% of time on the Victorian era but it didn't Actually Rutherfurd paid a lot of detailed attention to the Middle Ages a topic I've long been curious about but only now delved into Since I haven't read many books about history London held a world of new and interesting information for me what lives were like for upper classes kings and working men the rights of women political turmoils religious transformations important historical events epidemics traditions works of art Because I'm new to the topic can't say if Rutherfurd was accurate and in depth about his narrative or not I also liked the author's style all of this delicious info is packaged into the life stories of people whose lineage we trace for centuries This made the book easy to digest where a hardcore history book might have been a little dry I suppose Ease of reading is important in a 1000 page book Because the book spans so many centuries and stories the individual characters and their plotlines might be simplistic but I didn't mind that The point of London is history not character arcsSo I enjoyed it I think I'll be reading Rutherfurd again even though the size of all of his books intimidates me

  9. Laura Laura says:

    Ugh Every physical description of a female character began and ended with her breasts Wooden prose stilted dialogue actually the only thing I enjoyed about this book were the descriptions of London as it grew and changed If Rutherfurd had written a story about the city itself rather than bringing characters into it I might have enjoyed it Maybe a better writer will attempt that book

  10. Margaret Margaret says:

    It's odd to read a 1124 page novel and feel that it's too short This is not a haute literature novel but rather a sprawling ramble through the history of London the terrain and its people made accessible through a series of chronological tales told through the ages As with Sarum Mr Rutherfurd follows different families over the centuries with their stories intertwining due to coincidence marriage and friendship This book genre is terrific for learning little known facts such as the origins of words or how geography shapes human history and is not the sort of book to read for in depth explorations of personalities thoughts feelings angst etcetera just not that sort of literature It's been years since I visited London and London The Novel made me yearn to travel there once especially given what I learned in this book about the growth and layout of the city As for feeling that the book was too short it seems to me that Mr Rutherfurd starts to run out of steam after the Restoration period latter half of the 17th C and the latter chapters in particular Victorian through present do not have the same complexity as the earlier stories The last chapter is merely a few pages it should either have been omitted or fleshed out to something at least a little respectibly long to match the earlier chapters where Mr Rutherfurd really shines

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