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The Man From St Petersburg is a dark tale of family secrets and political consequences. Ken Follett's masterful storytelling brings to life the danger of a world on the brink of war.
A Secret Negotiation
1914. Tensions are rising as Europe finds itself caught in a web of alliances and dangerous warmongering. To help tip the balance in their favour Britain aims to draw Russia into an alliance with them instead of Germany. Czar Nicholas’s nephew, Prince Aleksei, is sent to London for secret naval talks with Lord Walden.
A Play for Power
Walden has a personal connection to Aleksei; his wife Lydia, is Aleksei’s aunt. But they are not the only ones interested in his arrival, including Walden’s daughter Charlotte, wilful, idealistic and with an awakening social conscience, Basil Thompson, head of Special Branch, and Felix Kschessinky, a ruthless Russian anarchist.
A World at War
With the British desperately needing a signed treaty and the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the destinies of these characters become inextricably linked as the final private tragedy which threatens to shatter the Waldens’ complacency is acted out.
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- ASIN : B004P1JDQ2
- Editorial : Pan; Reprints edición (23 febrero 2011)
- Idioma : Inglés
- Tamaño del archivo : 1279 KB
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- Longitud de impresión : 388 páginas
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº47,329 en Tienda Kindle (Ver el Top 100 en Tienda Kindle)
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So many insights were woven into the story. For instance, there is no right or wrong political ideology because our world is full of imperfect people with misguided motivations. We have seen many cases throughout history where the overthrow of one system is simply replaced by a system that introduces a new set of imperfections and corruption.
On reading this book, I found is possible to understand and appreciate the reasons for the evolution of both the hard-nosed revolutionary, reacting against the exploitation of the lowest strata of society, and the well-meaning member of the ruling aristocracy, trying to make sense of the social mores of a world that was all he had known.
I will forgive Follett his socialist agenda because he explored the minds of his characters so well. There were no heroes and villains – just people who were the product of their flawed circumstances.
It's a wonderfully personal elitist world that has an impact on this hugely impressive backdrop of power at the very highest level. You will be kept guessing in all of the twists and turns right to the very last chapter. The epilogue is quaint and had me rushing to find out how much of this is real.
You will have to judge that for yourself.
I won't give a precis of the book here, you can read that elsewhere; and yes I know this is fiction and nothing is real but the coincidental and unlikely relationships between all of the principle characters is an unsatisfactory device on which to hang a good story. Because the outline plot, secret alliance talks between Russian and the UK in the last days before the Great War threatened by a Russian anarchist is good, once you remove the contrivances, but the pace is slow being all too frequently interrupted by cutting from the thoughts and backstory of one character to another, and the denouement is both obvious and disappointing. And to top it all none of the characters, heroes and anti-heroes alike, was likeable, or redeemable, and so by the end of the book I was beyond caring what they did or thought, or what happened to them.
So in three words: contrived, plodding and disappointing.
[Ken I know you are a card-carrying socialist and there are I'm sure many things that we would agree upon, but your exaggerated portrayal here of the awfulness of the privileged hereditary nobility was tedious and disappointing, if not largely unnecessary, and frankly beneath a writer of your quality. We know the system was wrong, there have been changes and it still needs improving but this won't help fix it.]
The two main female characters, Lydia and Charlotte, are naïve to the point of stupidity, the police are bungling and so incompetent that they couldn't even catch a cold and the main good guy, Stephen, is immensely competent (could even make it as a slips fielder for England), except that he cannot count beyond seven.
The setting is good - the lives of the upper class in the period immediately preceding WW1 (although I felt far too much writing was devoted to descriptions of the dresses), the inequality and hypocrisy in English society, the home and international politics of the period and the suffragette movement.
Worth a read....if you are looking for real escapism and having nothing better lying around.