The quote of the day, from reviewer “Shomeret,”commenting on Jacqueline Winspear’s Birds of a Feather on Goodreads (April 2012):
“Until recently I thought that World War I lacked any enduring significance.”
The reviewer is/was studying library science and has a book review blog. I gave her credit for the “until recently” part of the sentence, which would seem to imply a change of heart. Maybe she read some good history books, I thought. But no. She apparently changed her mind because “. . . . some of the most interesting historical fictions I’ve been reading this year take place during that period.”
She changed her mind because of works of HISTORICAL FICTION?! Well, I guess it’s better than nothing.
Hey, Shomeret! Ever heard of (among other things) the crippling reparations the Allies demanded of Germany after WWI, Hitler’s rise to power, the complete change in how wars were fought in the aftermath of the Great War, and a small event called WWII?
Of no enduring significance. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
BTW, I found Birds of a Feather tedious, and as others have noted, Winspear did not adhere to one of the cardinal rules of good mysteries: All clues, however obscure, must be available to the reader. Sheesh.