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Prison Diary, Argentina [Paperback]

Simon Winchester
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing Nov. 14 2010
By C. J. Thompson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I generally like Mr Winchesters writing so I was rather disappointed by this book. The subject suggested a very interesting tale but, unfortunately, it was not developed very well at all. The first 50 pages or so are straight narrative recounting the background of Winchester's arrival in Argentina, in general, and the Falklands in particular. This part is fine but then the rest of the book is given over to a lengthy series of journal entries. This type of writing is, to my mind, not the best way to tell a story and that is especially so here. We get lengthy details about things that were of some import and significance to Winchester at the time but which, in objective hindsight, add nothing to the story. I also found his inclusion of the full text of letters he received to be tedious. I suppose he was trying to show how letters from strangers affected his outlook but one or two would have been plenty; all the rest, including those from his wife were completely uninteresting and I stopped reading them quite early on. All in all, it would have been a much better story had Winchester continued with the same narrative style with which he began the book and included a lot more information relating to the military and political situation rather than wasting space with a lot of personal and pointless detail.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing Nov. 14 2010
By C. J. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I generally like Mr Winchesters writing so I was rather disappointed by this book. The subject suggested a very interesting tale but, unfortunately, it was not developed very well at all. The first 50 pages or so are straight narrative recounting the background of Winchester's arrival in Argentina, in general, and the Falklands in particular. This part is fine but then the rest of the book is given over to a lengthy series of journal entries. This type of writing is, to my mind, not the best way to tell a story and that is especially so here. We get lengthy details about things that were of some import and significance to Winchester at the time but which, in objective hindsight, add nothing to the story. I also found his inclusion of the full text of letters he received to be tedious. I suppose he was trying to show how letters from strangers affected his outlook but one or two would have been plenty; all the rest, including those from his wife were completely uninteresting and I stopped reading them quite early on. All in all, it would have been a much better story had Winchester continued with the same narrative style with which he began the book and included a lot more information relating to the military and political situation rather than wasting space with a lot of personal and pointless detail.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Simon Winchester but a little Dry July 4 2010
By Mark Derrick - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an early Simon Winchester book bought through Amazon's Marketplace. I remember the imprisonment of some journalists back then but had no idea that one of them was Simon Winchester. The prelude to his prison diary was far more interesting to me and wish it had been expanded a bit more to discuss the political background. Still a worthy read for anyone interested in this recent war.
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