A More Perfect Heaven

A More Perfect Heaven
Dava Sobel
Reviewed by Venyhamin
Mon, 05/09/2011

At the heart of A More Perfect Heaven is a play in which Dava Sobel dramatises Nicolaus Copernicus’ struggle to let his controversial theory of a heliocentric universe be published.

However as Sobel herself writes in the introduction she had "intended the play to stand on its own" but was persuaded by her editor to place it in its historical context with an account of how this revolutionary text came to be written and received.

While both the narrative and the play, in particular, work perfectly well individually it seems a somewhat odd hybrid to bring them together. Sobel herself tacitly admits that a good play doesn’t require lengthy explanation and indeed with more work and expansion there is the germ of an extremely decent drama here.

Books in this genre

How I Long to be With You
Bryony Hill
Review by Jade Craddock
Merchant Adventurers
James Evans
Review by Rosanna Hawkins
Shane Harris
Review by David Stuart
How the World Was Won
Peter Conrad
Review by Rosanna Hawkins
  • x
  • x