Recently I reviewed the novel Red Plenty by Francis Spufford (which can be read here: https://jhame085.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/red-plenty-by-francis-spufford/) I figured it would be fun to read another review of the book (in this case from the blog on Tor.com) to see what another reader enjoyed or didn’t enjoy about it.
If you read the review you’ll find that the blog’s author, Jo Walton, seems to enjoy the book. Like me he mentions how he enjoys the mixture of historical fiction with historical facts to weave a very interesting and telling series of tales. Mr. Meier seems to go a step further into his back research of Francis Spufford research for the book than I did. He mentions in his article that some of the things that the charterers say in the book are, in fact, taken from direct quotes from real people living in the Soviet Union. Walton makes special note of many scenes from the book quoting them word for word.
Walton is also amazed at the level of research Spufford acheived in his research of the book. He mentions the 53 pages of end notes that are included at the end of Red Plenty. Despite the fact that I knew that there were so many end notes in the story it is only after reading this article that I can genuinely appreciate the hard work put into this book. To be honest I feel that this ignorance is quite common among avid readers like myself. We are often so ignorant at the level of hard work our favorite authors put into writing their books.