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The Battle of Trafalgar Square – David Winship


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I have this rule about books being sent to me – I try to read and review them all, because people spent time, effort and resources to write and share their works with readers. I received this book through a giveaway on LibraryThing almost a year ago, and decided it was time to give it a go. 

This being said, my readers are the most important thing in the world. My reviews simply cannot be compromised, no matter how I acquire a book.

I think I should stop babbling now, and start talking about this book.

I dived into ‘’The Battle of Trafalgar Square’ not knowing what to expect. This is a book where two pigeons are the main characters and through dialogue and presentation they share this historic battle, but from their point of view.

It is lucky that this book is only 120 pages long, because otherwise I wouldn’t have finished it. It is a boring book, where one pigeon is desperately trying to tell this story of the battle, and the other pigeon is disturbingly annoying and keeps interrupting. The second pigeon also has terrible grammar knowledge. And even though I know this is on purpose, I applaud the author for the wittiness, but couldn’t enjoy it. Some people might find this funny though, and that’s also okay.

The idea of pigeons telling a story is quite interesting and unique to me, and this is something I admire about this book (therefore, the two stars). However, the plot is unstable, and the story keeps being interrupted and delayed to a point where I started to get fed up. I also expected some more references of the actual historical moment. The only references in the book are the pigeons that were in the battle and had names of famous leaders. However, their pigeon story was not similar to our history books. I really think that keeping the story as close as possible to the real event would have made a difference in this book.

Not an enjoyable read for me, but if the plot sounds like something you might enjoy – go for it. Try it out. Your opinion is also valid!

Until next time! x

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20 thoughts on “The Battle of Trafalgar Square – David Winship

  1. Looks like an interesting pick. I love how you guys have a procedure on sending books you love to read with someone else.

  2. I like reading books of various genre and this book is definitely unique. Thank you for your review of the book. It is a short read so I will give it a try.

    1. Thank you Eileen! I hope you enjoy it! This book wasn’t for me, but my boyfriend really loved it. I can’t wait to see what you think!

  3. Sorry this one wasn’t a win for you, hopefully the next one will knock it out of the park! Great review either way 🙂

  4. This sounds like an interesting writing view. I hope your next read is more enjoyable.

  5. I haven’t read anything like that. Sounds like a fable of some sort, where animals are the main characters? Thanks for the review. I am interested to read something different so I guess I will try and see if I would enjoy the read.

  6. It’s an interesting title. Thanks for giving an honest review. It’s a short book, so it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try since it sounds different and interesting.

    1. Hi Jen. I really hope you enjoy it. It wasn’t my cup of tea, however, my partner really loved it, so I know you might enjoy it too!

  7. That is an interesting idea for book. Although I can imagine being annoyed if someone is being constantly interrupted. I will have to find out more about it.

  8. This was a good review! I’ve never heard of this book until I read this post. Based on your reaction, I’ll probably hold off on reading this book for now. However, I agree with you about the idea of having pigeons tell the story.

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