I’m so far behind! I didn’t even realize since it’s been a very busy few weeks, I conveniently forgot I’m trailing by two weeks, almost three, in a 4 week readalong. Not much I can do about it now. And not much I can say about Epoch 2. It would be nice to have some pithy comment or wry observation, but mainly I just think – it was fine. It’s a good read. Wilkie lead an interesting life. Getting into his bromance with Chuck Dickens, whoring around, getting VD. At least he didn’t have a wife he was bringing that home to. I would have loved to see them in a show together. Wouldn’t that be a great time travel adventure? Wilkie is writing books and getting published, holidaying with Dickens with or without his family, touring France and Italy and generally having too good a time. When he gets gouty, he cuts back to a spartan 3 glasses of wine a day. By the end of the epoch he’s got a girlfriend we haven’t met.
While an enjoyable book, I can’t help feeling there’s something missing. Anyone else feeling this? I can’t put my finger on it. Analysis? Depth? I’m not sure. Reading Chernow’s Hamilton was such a great experience, but maybe that’s because of Hamilton’s personality and circumstances? This one just seems sort of a catalog of what he did. Maybe I want more… historical context? I don’t know. I know more about Victorian England I think, than I did about Colonial America. It’s certainly not fair to expect every writer to equal Chernow’s Hamilton. Hopefully, I can focus on it and finish less than 3 weeks after everyone else!
Whoops! Was supposed to read Epochs 2 & 3. So, yeah. Way behind. Well, Imma just leave this here anyway.