Barry Unsworth The Songs of the Kings

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The Songs of the Kings

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The Songs of the Kings

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"The updating of a classic is risky: it can be a hollow conceit, like a duff production of Shakespeare in modern dress. In Barry Unsworth's hands, the venture turns to pure gold. This novel is a resounding success, clever, funny, provocative, erudite... [It] is one of the best books by this most versatile of writers."- Penelope Lively
"The Songs of the Kings is an "elegant, profound and wonder-provoking book. Unsworth's writing is unrivaled, he gets better and better, and his versatility is breathtaking. His novels are close to perfect in an imperfect literary world."- Ruth Rendell
..". intellectually agile, thrillingly stylish...The Songs of the Kings effortlessly proves that modern life is the stuff of ancient myth."
-The Guardian

"The Songs of the Kings is a beautifully measured entertainment given gravity by how accurately it reflects the present political zeal to control the media."- The Independent
"Unsworth's story never falters..."- The [London] Times
"[The Songs of the Kings] is brilliantly told. This short, sharp tale deserves to be on the shelves of revisionists and purists alike."
-The List



-The updating of a classic is risky: it can be a hollow conceit, like a duff production of Shakespeare in modern dress. In Barry Unsworth's hands, the venture turns to pure gold. This novel is a resounding success, clever, funny, provocative, erudite... [It] is one of the best books by this most versatile of writers.-- Penelope Lively
-The Songs of the Kings is an -elegant, profound and wonder-provoking book. Unsworth's writing is unrivaled, he gets better and better, and his versatility is breathtaking. His novels are close to perfect in an imperfect literary world.-- Ruth Rendell
-... intellectually agile, thrillingly stylish...The Songs of the Kings effortlessly proves that modern life is the stuff of ancient myth.-
-The Guardian

-The Songs of the Kings is a beautifully measured entertainment given gravity by how accurately it reflects the present political zeal to control the media.-- The Independent
-Unsworth's story never falters...-- The [London] Times
-[The Songs of the Kings] is brilliantly told. This short, sharp tale deserves to be on the shelves of revisionists and purists alike.-
-The List

About the Author:

Barry Unsworth is the author of many novels, including Pascali's Island, Morality Play, Sacred Hunger and Losing Nelson. He lives in Italy.

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