Conclave: Robert Harris

Good God! What the hell happened to the writer who wrote “Fatherland” and “Enigma”? This work is too long by at least half. Harris would be well advised to decide if he’s writing History or Fiction, because his version of historical fiction doesn’t work. Too bad, because there is a half-decent story here; someone just needs to chop it out with an axe.

99 44/100 dull.


Robert Harris: Munich

Harris’ FATHERLAND, set in historical Nazi Germany, was a tour de force of Alternative History. Thank God, then, that Harris now returns to Germany-in-the-past, this time to offer a book of “faction” focusing on British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s calamitous journey to Munich to appease Hitler and hand over the Czech Sudetenland to the Nazis.

How else could we know the colour of the draperies in each of the rooms the ostensible “protagonist” carries two red boxes from room to room throughout the book, for nothing else new of historical significance nor literary merit is otherwise added.