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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution…

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

by China Miéville

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I'm a huge fan of China Miéville's entire fiction oeuvre to date. This includes some of his more critically problematic works such as RAILSEA and the more recent THIS CENSUS-TAKER, both of which are near the top of my list of personal favorites. Mr. Miéville's OCTOBER is my first foray into his non-fiction and and I personally find it wanting. It's not that the book is bad or unreadable, but it feels as if Mr. Miéville is constrained by the historical record, odd as that may seem. To be honest, this review may be more of a criticism of myself as a reader than the author's own craftsmanship. This is one of those books that I read thinking all along that I was learning a lot about a subject in which I was not very well versed, that I found impressive, and that I recognized as an extremely well written historical book. But it just didn't get me entertained or challenged to expand my thinking as his other works have made me do.

If I were to have any specific complaints, the main one would be the pacing which I found a bit slow. Secondarily, I found the number of people and places covered caused me to sometimes get confused (that's something I've generally found about all things Russian, I have to confess). Again, the historical record is the historical record, and that has directed the subject matter of the book.

Great book, not for me, maybe not for others who are fans of the author's other work to date. ( )
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