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Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom

Winter in Madrid (original 2006; edition 2009)

by C. J. Sansom (Author)

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Title:Winter in Madrid
Authors:C. J. Sansom (Author)
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2009), eBook
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Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom (2006)

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This is the first book that I have read by C.J. Sansom. It was rich in lots of history about the Spanish Civil War from 1940 and it's consequences to the people of Spain. I found the characters to be very interesting with lots of espionage and corruption making the story rather thrilling in parts. It was a little slow in the beginning but I found the ending really held my attention with lots of action and intrigue. I now look forward to reading the author's Shardlake series. I would highly recommend this book to those who love historical thrillers with some romance in the mix. ( )
  EadieB | Jan 5, 2017 |
I thought this was well written. I was especially impressed that there was just the right amount of period detail. I didn't know much about the Spanish Civil War, but the author provided enough information for me to follow the story and yet not feel like I was reading a history book.

I found the book suspenseful. There was one plot development late in the book that I guessed fairly early on, but rather than detract from my reading experience, it made me more anxious to see how everything would turn out.

I thought Harry, with his shell-shock and conflicted loyalties, was a sympathetic character.

By way of criticism: I didn't believe Barbara would ever have gotten involved with Sandy. And while Sandy is established as a vengeful person, endangering his life to get revenge struck me as over the top.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It certainly succeeded in transporting me to another time and place. ( )
  ang709 | Oct 26, 2016 |
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This was actually the first ebook I started when I first got my Kobo Glo. However, I didn't finish it until recently. Truth be told, I'd never made it past the 70 pages mark since I found the story slow and the Dutch translation, for lack of a better way to describe it, weird.

Set between the Spanish civil war and the second World War, the story had a great potential. A reluctant spy sent to Spain on a secret mission. It felt like the book was well researched although I'm not really a person who could say anything about that, since I don't know much about it myself.

The start was really slow, it took a lot of time for me to get at least a little bit invested in the story. There were many different characters that I couldn't really keep track of (especially after a break of more than a year). In the end, it was quite a fast read, but the story wasn't sensational and little surprising.

I think I'd expected something more like Zafon's novels, which I really liked, but this novel lacked the beautiful writing style (although it also speaks about Spain with much love). I'm not sure what portion of the clunky writing is due to the translation, but it felt unnatural at the best of times and downright weird at others. I've got another book by Samsom but luckily it's in English. I hope that will be a better reading experience... ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
Interested in Spanish 20th Century history then a must ( )
  Tonyh. | Jan 27, 2016 |
I enjoyed this spy thriller set in Madrid after the Spanish Civil War, much more than I thought I would, given that I know next to nothing about the period. The book contains a lot of political material and has a great sense of history unfolding, and I certainly learned a lot. My only negative point would be that, while the characters were interesting and well developed, I didn't really care about most of them. A compelling read, well researched and deftly written; as always, this author has a knack of taking you to the time and place of the story. It's like stepping into an old black and white movie. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
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A best seller in Britain, “Winter in Madrid” prompted some reviewers there to compare Sansom to Graham Greene, Sebastian Faulks and even Hemingway, but I came away less convinced. The idea of transferring public school rivalries to a real battleground is certainly clever, but more introspection would have been welcome. Without the compensation of rich language, the novel’s formulaic structure becomes all too visible. True, Sansom has come up with a surprise ending, but that’s what you expect of a thriller. The problem is that there aren’t enough thrills in the chapters leading up to it.
It's always a risky strategy for an author to change horses in midstream. If you have enjoyed the critical (and commercial) success that C J Sansom has had with his elegantly written Tudor crime novels, why test the loyalty of your readership by delivering a literary saga set in Spain at the end of the Civil War? Yet if this radical change of direction loses readers, that will be a great shame. Sansom establishes that he is as much a master of this era as of that of Henry VIII.
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Sansom, C. J.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beale, Simon RussellReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bronswijk, Ineke vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frydenlund, John ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffin, GordonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María Antoniasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raudaskoski, Sepposecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Part thriller, part love story, this tale follows the fortunes of three young men, navigating the tumultous world of 1940s Spain. But, as the Second World war draws near, one is sent to spy on another and the ramifications of a tragic love story will haunt them all.… (more)

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