Come Forth, King

by Maro Douka | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9789600424065 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingDelphi_Readerwing of Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on 12/17/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingDelphi_Readerwing from Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Tuesday, December 17, 2019
This book starts its journey with BookCrossing from Delphi, Greece

"Who was Alexius Comnenus who would wage war in East and West to save Byzantium from the edge of the abyss? Who were the woman who loved him? Who was it who tried to poison him? Why did his daughter, Anna Comnena, hate her brother, John, the co-Emperor? Why did his wife, Irene Duca, promote Nicephorus Bryennius for the throne?
People and events; failures, tears and sorrows, hopes, visions that faded, joys evaporated, meanness and passion. "Come Forth, King" attempts to revive the final glimmer of Byzantium and to take us back on a journey to those difficult years through the narrative of an insignificant palace member who, now retired to Sinope in Pontus, recalls the past with awe. "

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Journal Entry 2 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Friday, May 22, 2020
I've read this book many years ago and decided to read it again as I didn't remember much about it. This is a copy in English I obtained for BookCrossing, but I prefer to read a book on its original language if possible, so I read it in a Greek copy I happen to have. I had a quick look and the English translation seems fine.

I admit that it takes some effort to get into the story at first. There are many names and it's confusing to know who is who and who relates to whom. But there are a couple of useful family trees at the end of the book that help. So, after getting the hang of it, the book flaws more smoothly. The narrator sometimes goes from one point of time to another and focuses on different persons too, so this might be somehow confusing, but in general I found this imaginative reconstruction of the era and of its real people and events quite interesting. I'm not enthused about the book but I liked it.

What I found utterly confusing though, was the epilogue of the book. While reading the book I often identified the narrator with Taticius, so the relevation at the end of the book and the way it comes seemed weird and over the top and I feel I might have missed the point or something... Furthrmore I was expecting some conclusion to the story mentioning what happened to the junior Alexius whom the narrator was addressing after all...

This is definitely an interesting and quite unique book due to its prose and subject matter, but not extraordinary.

Released 3 wks ago (7/13/2020 UTC) at Royal Flush Sweepstake, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases


Come Forth, King is on its way to the winner of the last Royal Flush Sweepstakes!


Journal Entry 4 by Andrea99 at Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Received in the mail on 21st July as a Royal Sweeps book! Thank you so much - not heard of this man so I'll be interested to read!

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