The Book of Kings by James Thackara

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An electrifying grand-scale novel set on the eve of the Nazi invasion of Europe as the idyllic student life of four friends in Paris gives way to the frenzy of war.
 

About James Thackara

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James Thackara was born in California and educated in Buenos Aires, Provence, California, Rome, Switzerland, and New England, graduating from Harvard in 1967. He is the author of three novels: "America's Children," "Ahab's Daughter," and "The Book of Kings,
 
Published April 1, 1999 by Overlook Books. 800 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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when Thackara suppresses the sonorous biblical pontificating and concentrates on his characters—especially on the tension between the refusal of David, a German, to comprehend his country’s brutalization and the French-Algerian Justin’s sorrowful surrender of his idealism—The Book of Kings stabs ...

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Publishers Weekly

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This vastly ambitious novel, long rumored to be both brilliant and unpublishable, begins with four bright young men attending the Sorbonne in 1932. Justin Lothaire, who's French-Algerian; Johannes God

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The Guardian

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The Book of Kings James Thackara 773pp, Duckworth £19.99 Buy it at BOL Ambition is a laudable quality in a writer, but so is humility, and to assume the mantle of Tolstoy in order to attempt an epic novel on the Third Reich is an enterprise full of possible pitfalls.

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You read it to a constant, internal muttering of 'Oh - God - Thackara - please, don't - no - oh, God, just listen to this rubbish'.

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ForeWord Reviews

Countering this, however, are glorious, theatrical chapters such as “The Sedan” which follows a German tank commander through the villages of France in an unstoppable invasion, and “The Pilot.” These tightly written chapters—there are eight of them —novellas in themselves are brilliantly written ...

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You read it to a constant, internal muttering of ‘Oh - God - Thackara - please, don’t - no - oh, God, just listen to this rubbish’.

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