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Ladysmith The year is and Boer forces have surounded the small South African town of Ladysmith As shells and shrapnel rain down British soldiers and townsfolk dig themselves in waiting for rescue But Ge

  • Title: Ladysmith
  • Author: Giles Foden
  • ISBN: 9780571203666
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • The year is 1899, and Boer forces have surounded the small South African town of Ladysmith As shells and shrapnel rain down, British soldiers and townsfolk dig themselves in, waiting for rescue But General Buller s relief column can t break through.

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    1. Mid 5. The seige and defence of Ladysmith was of momentous import to the preservation of the ideals which underpinned the British Empire, amidst a conflict which brutally exposed the outdated approach of the Crown's forces. Set in 1899, this novel brilliantly evokes the suffering of the beseiged as they await the relief column which is pinned down by Boer forces en route. Many reviewers appear to regard the multitude of characters confusing and revealing a lack of depth of characterisation, but [...]

    2. Ladysmith suffers from a complete lack of subtlety, both in the heavy-handed characterizations and the predictable relationships and plot. It earns its two stars for a.)the descriptions of siege conditions, which are horrifying and vivid, and b.)being engaging enough a read, if unsubstantial.

    3. I wouldn't recommend Ladysmith. I found the lead up to the siege enjoyable. I enjoyed bouncing between narrators But a siege is boring and claustrophobic by its nature and therefore isn't particularly enjoyable to read about. The dialogue and characters are stilted. The plot is predictable. The novel is at its best when cycling through different characters and at its worst towards the end when it stalls on the main character and her romantic interests. Fodor also imposes modern attitudes on 19th [...]

    4. I started from a place of ignorance, knowing little about the Boer war in South Africa and so struggled to get traction with the story at the outset. Based in part on the letters of Foden's great-grandfather, a British trooper, the story is stunning and tender, romantic and tragic. Foden describes the conflict of 1899 from the voice of different recurring characters, a number of whom are nonfictional including Winston Churchill, Mahatma Ghandi and the renown British journalist, Henry Nevenison. [...]

    5. A chilling account of the Boer War Siege that narrates the horrors, heartbreak, courage, and choices made when a cataclysmic event occurs. Not for the feint of heart who wish a happy tale. It poses the eternal question of what is goodness or normalcy for survival in the face of catastrophe and chaos. Three cups of tea, straight and strong, no sugar or cream.

    6. this book was never boring and never exctining but easy to read and the end turned out to be very very good so i was a little surprised at how much i liked it.

    7. Ледісміт - англомовне містечко у Південній Африці. У 1899, під час Англо-бурської війни, його оточили бурські війська і почали обстрілювати шрапнеллю з найсучасніших (на той час) гармат. Але місто витримало 3 місяці осади і так і не здалося.Про це можна було б написати примітив [...]

    8. Foden's second outing is not as enthralling as his first, the award winning The Last King of Scotland, but still a very interesting read. Set during the siege of Ladysmith, around the turn of the previous century, when the Boers, fighting the British aggressors, managed for almost four months, to squeeze the town nearly dry. The story, historical fiction, is roughly based on a series of letters from his great-grandfather which Foden accidentally stumbled upon. Whereas Foden, in The Last King of [...]

    9. Giles Foden does a masterful job of illuminating the foundation of South Africa by telling the story of the siege of the British Army at Ladysmith by the Boers in the Anglo-Boer war in 1899. Towns people, British soldiers, war correspondents, native Africans, and Boer family prisoners were surrounded and besieged by the Boer army for 118 days while a British column sent to the rescue struggled. Based on the letters home written by Foden's grandfather, "Ladysmith" does a capable job of telling ev [...]

    10. This book tells the story of the siege of Ladysmith during the Boer war. I found the book quite slow and laborious to start off with, but after a bit of perseverance things do start to pick up. Following several different characters, the reader gets a good impression of what life was like during the siege; it was pretty grim for natives, colonists and soldiers alike. However because of the flitting back and forth between characters, it is hard to feel any particular connection to any of them. Wh [...]

    11. This is a fictionalized account of the actual siege of the town of Ladysmith from Nov 1899 to Feb 1900. I enjoy historical fiction partly because it gives me an opportunity to learn something in an enjoyable way. This did not meet that wish, however. I had a very hard time following it from the start - each chapter seemed to introduce new individuals with no sense of how they relate to those already part of the story. I get the idea that the residents were trying to make the best of the situatio [...]

    12. i enjoyed this story about the siege of ladysmith in the Boer war but in all honesty it is not great literature with the writer trying to get too many angles into the novel a bit of adventure , a bit of politics with ghandi and churchill making cameo appearances , a bit of love and slap and tickle , a few noble natives , and a bit of cruelty . the horror of the siege is well described but the characters do not come to life and are flat passed a few hours easily on a long flight .

    13. Interesting book by the author of the better known "The Last King of Scotland." I enjoyed learning about this episode of South Africa history and appreciated how he was able to tell the story from various perspectives.

    14. Foden really brings the reality of the siege to life - the conditions, the action, drama, suffering, personal conflicts. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I agree with The Times critic: It is at once a good adventure and a fascinating account of an historical period.

    15. I loved Foden's Last King of Scotland so my expectations were a bit high. Interesting time period to learn about but I found the narrative difficult to follow so it wasn't the smoothest or most enjoyable read for me.

    16. Almost in the same league as The Siege of Krishnapur. Look up Foden’s first book - The Last King of Scotland - as well.

    17. Great fictional account of an historical event. Full of horribly realistic detail. Can.t wait for the film version. Recommended

    18. This book is by the same author as Last King of Scotland. I really enjoyed learning about that time period. It was not a typical love story as described on the back cover.

    19. Read on the back of reading another of his books . . . I really enjoyed this factional story of a siege that i knew little or nothing about.

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