Comments: 7
Portable Magic 2 years ago
This one is always hard to fit. I'm going to save this story for next year.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
It is a tricky square for me, too, because it presumes some knowledge of the plot and/or setting and I really like to know as little as possible about the books I pick up.
I'll be curious what you're making of this one, next to Du Maurier's "Rule Britannia". Different times and circumstances, but some of the same issues at the core of both stories -- though one is more of a snapshot whereas the other one gives them full length treatment. But back then, even the snapshot was enough to get the Admiralty's attention (as it was intended to). Now ... I frankly don't think anything would.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
This snap shot and The Riddle of the Sands certainly had a huge impact on naval defence spending at the time. Curiously, Rule Britannia takes a different approach, the focus is more on the consequences of a blockade, without delving into the economic games and issues of food shortages caused by being cut-off from supplies. To say more would be a spoiler. You'll see what I mean.
I'm sure I will!
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Sorry, I shouldn't type when distracted. I meant the focus is more on being cut off from existing trade deals, not a blockade. There is no blockade in Rule Britannia.
Yes, I understood that -- they're not telling the same story of course. But the issue at the heart of both is the loss of access and resources, and what it does to people -- and to a country.