The Frozen Thames

The Frozen Thames

eBook - 2009
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Contains forty fiction vignettes based on events that actually took place each time the historic River Thames froze solid. Spanning more than seven centuries, from 1142 to 1895, and illustrated with stunning full-color period art.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, 2009.
ISBN: 9781551994819
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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lizbeth51
Sep 22, 2017

I enjoyed this book very much. The writing is good and maybe that's why the author is able to take us back in time so we can see (imagine) what it was like to live in such a cold world!
Thanks to Helen Humphreys!

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duanea1944
Dec 06, 2015

The work is a collection of fictional short stories that, while a good read, are not accurate as to dates or particulars.

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helenskitchen
Mar 25, 2015

The first story in this collection is one of my all-time favourites; it has a magic to it that even my seven-year-old son appreciated.

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GLNovak
Mar 23, 2015

Humphreys says this is" a long meditation on the nature of ice" but not as you might think. There are no explanations, no maps, no scientific authorities quoted to explain the freezing of the Thames, and the great thaws that followed. These very short snapshots of stories barely four or five pages are about the changeableness of it. It begins as water, becomes ice, changes again, and can even become airborne. Such is the nature of humanity and its various ways of dealing with the world. The forty little vignettes are taken from accounts, some contemporary, of the forty times the Thames has frozen over, and are presented in such evocative language you can imagine the scene vividly. Some stories, of course, are more successful that others, but each will leave you shivering. Read this with the fire going and your coziest quilt wrapped around you.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

With Global Warming the hot topic these days Helen Humphreys chooses to write about when the Thames has frozen over. Starting in 1142 and going to 1895 she tells of what it was like having the Thames freeze over by people who were living on or near the Thames. She chronicles daily life in short vignettes. Her research is based on actual events.

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IV27HUjg
Nov 01, 2014

Interesting if you like English historical writing.

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KarenW
Jul 31, 2013

Suspend your belief as you read of stories, true or not, about the forty times the river Thames has frozen solid. Each tale may bring about happiness or tragedy as people come to see the miracle of ice. Each time new perspectives are magically drawn by an author who is at her best in these gems.

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bsevertsen
Jan 25, 2013

Beautiful vignettes. My husband and I read a number of these stories over our breakfasts one weekend. A great winter read. Will probably buy a copy for the home library.

beautifyly written but there is no connection amongst the stories, a bit like reading a book of poetry based on something which may have happened when the Thames froze over. No closure. Hardly worth reading

kat62 Jul 20, 2010

Truly enjoyed and drawn into this interesting, little book of vignettes, part factual/part fictional accounts of "little ice ages" experienced on the River Thames over 700 hundred years.

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andreareads
Aug 15, 2017

It was strange not to see animals about. Even in the bustle of London there have always been cats and dogs. But the King has ordered all the dogs and cats within the city to be destroyed, as he fears that they are responsible for carrying the plague.

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andreareads
Aug 15, 2017

The thaw of the Thames goes just as badly as the freeze. It comes fierce and sudden, huge slabs of ice crashing through the arches of London Bridge, damaging the bridge and carrying away portions of the Frost Fair. Booths and huts, upright and unmanned on their ice floes, hurtle downstream, some with their signs still attached to the front of the structure. It is as though the people of London need reminding that the river is a wild thing and this cannot be forgotten because, if it is, the Thames will simply arch its back and throw anything off that tries to tame it.

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