Long Story Short
This is for my historical fiction lovers. Rutherfurd is an excellent author for if you’re all about the history of a place. Tracing a fictional genealogical line through time, this novel is a chonker that takes you on a journey across the many versions of London, from the time of Druids to modernity.
I was given this book as a gift before moving to London for a semester. She gave it to me because someone gave it to her before she moved to London. But I didn’t actually get to reading it until nearly a year later. I think I was a little intimidated by its length. I always used to get nervous about thick books (this was during a time when I would never have given up on a book).
When I finally picked it up, I was immediately absorbed. I would often read on my lunch break at work, listening to a Spotify playlist that still gives me flashbacks when I hear it now. The fictional lineage that Rutherfurd traces has a gene that is noticeable enough that in his tacit description of people as you jump through time, you can recognize who is a member of that family tree.
Even though this book is thick, it’s not too hard to consume it in chunks. Most of the time, a chapter is a period of time before you fast forward, so you could easily listen for a little bit, and then put it down without feeling like you’ve disrupted the story too much. It’s also a really approachable novel for people who want to invest in something a bit longer than the standard paperback but aren’t confident in their stamina.