The Book of Kings

By James Thackara
Read by Robert Whitfield

35.88 Hours 11/01/2002 unabridged
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While Europe drifts toward Nazism, four students share an apartment on the Rue de Fleurus. Thackara’s epic novel brilliantly forges the stories of these four men whose lives mirror the large picture of events around the world. 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.” This is a work of extraordinary vision and range, magnificently fusing myth and the inexorable events of history.

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Summary

Summary

While Europe drifts toward Nazism, four students share an apartment on the Rue de Fleurus. Thackara’s epic novel brilliantly forges the stories of these four men whose lives mirror the large picture of events around the world.

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.” This is a work of extraordinary vision and range, magnificently fusing myth and the inexorable events of history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Absorbing…when you encounter one of the huge set-pieces that punctuate the action you are rocked on your heels.” New Yorker
“The book comes alive in a series of brilliant set pieces…Tremendously good.” Washington Post Book World
“The book nobody should miss reading…a crowning achievement.” Seattle Times
“Mr. Thackara has Tolstoy’s talent for painting the grand with small brushstrokes…There are many who will turn the last page only to start reading the book once more.” Economist
“A noble literary achievement.” San Diego Union Tribune
“Stabs with compelling intensity…a unique fictional journey.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: James Thackara

James Thackara was born in California in 1944 and educated in Buenos Aires, Provence, California, Rome, Switzerland and New England, graduating from Harvard in 1967, where he studied under Peter Taylor, Fredric Jameson, and Joseph Frank. He is the author of two other novels, America’s Children and Ahab’s Daughter.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 35.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English