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"Provocative, Orwellian .... [an]absorbing cautionary tale." — Publishers Weekly
"Hairpin plot twists that spin wildly from mass genocide to the rediscovery of abstract expressionism.... After Dachau is a rare moral thriller in the tradition of Fahrenheit 451." — Village Voice Literary Supplement
"A ghostly and subtle thriller/fantasia/parable about (more or less) how we conceive of history, identity, time. Think Brave New World." — Esquire Magazine
"Quinn's powerful writing style consistently impresses, as does his talent for creating suspense." — Rocky Mountain News
"Entertaining... A taut, gripping, sinister, and often fun book." — Hartford Courant
Posted September 14, 2003
Alternate history books are hard to construct in ways that allow both realistic characters and inventive plot lines. The problem is that normally everyone knows what the real history is. Or do you? This Quinn book was a predictable offshoot of a sub-plotline in Ishmael dealing with whether we would know that history was fictional if there was no one left alive who knew what the real history was. I think it's a good direction for him to be going. Beyond Civilization was very preachy and he does better with novels. My main criticism is one I have of all Quinn books - that they are under developed. His books should be twice as long and devote more genuine attention to character development. Instead he rushes through the necessary literary constructions in order to present his philosophical views expeditiously.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2003
This book is outstanding, in that it helps you realize that possibly everything you have learned is based more on faith than on fact. After all, its the winners who write history. It brings to focus how sad our educational system is and how willing we are to abide by it. Read this book if you not only love a good, incredibly surprising story, but also enjoy melting the conventions around you. Those who won't enjoy this book are those who are secure and pleased with all the intentions of those around them, and don't care to know any other way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.