Friday, July 31, 2015

Highly Convoluted

Winston's War: A Novel of Conspiracy
By Michael Dobbs

Ah, Winston Churchill, the man who went from having a horrible reputation to being one of the most celebrated Prime Ministers in Britain. So many novels have been written about him, and so many more books have been written by him, that there is actually very little to say that has not been said. And yet, Michael Dobbs must have his say! This novel of conspiracy, a work of complete fiction, actually has its say about Churchill but is more about his predecessor, Neville Chamberlain, and how his politicking almost cost Britain World War II.

Dobbs masterfully weaves historic characters with his fictional ones and gives each of them depth. This is not a clear-cut, black-and-white book, but a complex one where everyone had their own compulsions. It is however, written in typically verbose British style, making it quite a challenge for readers to take in. Nonetheless, it is worth a read, especially for history buffs. I've come to like Dobbs despite his circumlocutory style of writing, and I'm glad to have managed to get hold of another of his books to read after this one.  

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