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Review of Winter Siege - Ariana Franklin, Samantha Norman

Good

“Slight Sieges”

published 11/01/2015

A good page-turning plot

Could have been stronger on character and the awfulness of events

...they always did in times such as these. Winter Siege is an oddly titled book, since there are a number of sieges, none of which are told with the power to make them seem as awful as the reality would have been. That lack of powerful reality was in the end the shortcoming of the book for me. None of it feels "awful" enough. The plot is sound, and played out with skill enough to keep you...

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Review of The Siege - Helen Dunmore

Excellent

Well-written, convincing, sympathetic characters, history well-embedded into story

Some readers may prefer novels featuring war to focus more on warfare / tactics

...Sometimes, our reading choices benefit from external guidance, which is one of the reasons I'm a member of a book group. Recently, one of my group recommended that I read Helen Dumore's 'The Siege'. I wasn't convinced - my reading pleasures do not usually stretch to books described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'a Tolstoyan epic of love and war' - so I began reading the book out of a vague sense...

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Review of The Siege - Helen Dunmore

Super

“Scenes from the Siege”

published 18/06/2009

Well researched with fascinating detail

Only focuses on one aspect of the event

...How many times have you said you're starving when really you're just a little hungry. I can recall my mother telling me, when I would announce as a child that I was "famished", that I had no idea what starving meant. In her novel "The Siege", Helen Dunmore describes what it is to be truly hungry and the worry that comes from not knowing how you will feed your family. Set during the first...

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