The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
What’s it about?
Two present day historians are called into a London home when a cache of historical documents from the 17th century are found. Rachel Kadish travels back in forth between London in the 1600’s and present day London to write a novel that both entertains and enlightens.
What did it make me think about?
This novel is overflowing with ideas! It manages to convey how different life was in London in the 1600’s, and yet also show that some of the same motivations drove the character's lives. Kadish aptly conveys what it was like to live in the time after the inquisition. What happened if you questioned God or if you wished a different role as a woman?
Should I read it?
I really enjoyed this book but it is not for the faint of heart. At almost 600 pages long (and in my opinion could have been pruned a little) it is a time commitment. Having said that- it is a great book and it really made me think! If you are willing to put in some time and effort then this is a very rewarding book.
“A Woman’s body, said the world, was a prison in which her mind must whither.”
If you like this try-
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!