Saturday, November 25, 2006

Review of The Ruby in Her Navel

I wrote a review of Barry Unsworth's new book for The Washington Post, the Sunday, November 26, 2006 edition. I was honored and a bit daunted to be asked to review Mr. Unsworth - Internationally known Booker Prize winner and all that. But I kinda enjoyed it. Nor was it hard for my thoughts about the book to emerge and take shape. I open the review with this...

Barry Unsworth has written about topics as varied as the Atlantic slave trade, theater in 14th-century Britain and politics during the Trojan War. In each case, he highlights the foibles, crimes and moral dilemmas of the past. Strange thing is -- and it's one of Unsworth's strengths -- those foibles, crimes and moral dilemmas seem a lot like what we're up to in the present moment. He has a knack for making the past seem authentic in its historical detail while injecting his tales with lessons relevant to our contemporary struggles. That's the case once again in The Ruby in Her Navel: A Novel...

The full review is at Washington Post Bookworld.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great review, and another book to add to my endless want list.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Ah nice reveiw

11:10 PM  

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