Have you heard that Sourcebooks is re-releasing some of the R.F. Delderfield books? They’ve got “God Is An Englishman,” “Theirs Was The Kingdom,” and “To Serve Them All My Days.” As part of their promotion of these re-releases, they sent me “God Is An Englishman.”
I found the writing to be quite lovely, but I just couldn’t get into the book. There was one point when I thought I would be able to do it:
“Empire building isn’t a matter of occupation and annexation any longer. You have to take these people one by one and train them. As administrators, as doctors, as shipwrights, as ironmasters. You have to bring them sanitation and check the endemic killer diseases in their filthy towns and villages. You need roads, telegraph systems and, above all, railways.”
The above quote really intrigued me, but I still just couldn’t do it.
The problem isn’t so much with the book, as it is with my relationship with the book. “God Is An Englishman” is a large book and it is one you have to concentrate on fairly well. You cannot just pick it up here and there while feeding a squirmy baby, as I was trying to do. I do think I would like to try this sometime in the future, but right now I just cannot give it the attention it deserves.
Check out the publisher’s description, and see if you would be interested:
The first novel in the epic God Is an Englishman series, this book is a stirring saga of England in the 19th century, as the Industrial Revolution takes hold, forever changing the landscape of England and her people.
Adam Swann, scion of an army family, returns home in 1858 after service with Her Majesty’s army in the Crimea and India, determined to build his fortune in the dog-eat-dog world of Victorian commerce. Swann is soon captivated by Henrietta, the high-spirited daughter of a local mill owner. As Swann works to build his name, he and Henrietta share adventures, reversal, and fortune.
A beloved novel by a beloved author, God Is an Englishman is a treasure both for Delderfield fans and the growing legion of fans of historical fiction.