Thomas Keneally is one of the historical novel's most expert practitioners, and his new book sees him back on the form that produced Schindler's Ark
Effortlessly captures the mindset of a young man convinced that the day is coming with the workers will rise . . . This impassioned idealism stands starkly at odds with our own knowledge of where the revolution lead - a contrast that lends the novel a queasy power.
Thomas Keneally's impersonation of translated prose, artfully achieved, is studded with strange poeticisms . . . a sturdy achievement, expertly constructed and paced . . . One of its major pleasures is to be found in the way in which the author has braided together the factual and the invented.