"A terrific book on one of the most fascinating times ever - and one which has significant similarities to our own. There are hilarious details like royal titles (p.47-8), wildly outrageous but well-meaning suggestions for new technology like the s..."
"I really enjoyed this book: its informally written but explains big ideas and makes significant interpretations from diverse times, places, and societies. The most eye-opening are the explication of "The Holy Grail" as a blank cheque, and that pol..."
"Another hazy, depressing, confused, undeveloped and too short novel by what I must consider to be among the least deserving of Nobel Prize winners.
Themes of escape, brief encounters, and the oblivion of forgetting are each very quickly touched o..."