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What an enjoyably erudite and entertaining piece of historical fiction! Like Holsinger's last book, A Burnable Book, this is a compelling tale involving Chaucer, Gower, treason and treachery. This time, he does an even better job of combining poetry with plot and I also loved how he seamlessly wove developments in medieval technology into his story. Handguns, yes, but the spectacles nearly made me cry. I was sorry for it to end, and I hope the author is already brewing us up another tale.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
If the reader is familiar with English history, geography, and medieval literature, its a good read. If you are not fascinated with the period, its a slow slog.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
After many chapters,many hours, it was a relief to have it be over.
What aspect of Simon Vance’s performance would you have changed?
Was The Invention of Fire worth the listening time?
not for me
Any additional comments?
Bruce Holsinger is a dedicated professor, and a sincerely hard working academic This is a hard working author, deserves credit for his tremendous work.
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