I can not tell you why I purchased the book when I did, at the time I did not place a premium on the KJV, did not have the idea of the possibility of language and only had the embryonic ideas of being an anglophile. But I bought it nonetheless, for $3.98 who wouldn't?
The book: a slow read at first - took awhile for the story to develop. I doubt it would have read as slow as it did if I had brushed up on Jacobean or Tudor history before reading it. Also, if I did not have to pause many atime to look up a word in the dictionary. Furthermore, the author chose to quote large portions in 17th century English which took some time to understand.
--Bill Clinton just called, apparently someone signed us up for the West Virginians for Hillary campaign, I have my suspects--
The book gave me a deeper appreciation for the creative possibility of the written word, primarily the possibility of the written word heard. The book also reenforced some of my anti-religious heirarchical sentiments, to read of the tortures, executions, and rooting out of Nonconformist was most displeasing. Nevertheless I will go on reading the KJV and, thanks to this book, the Geneva Bible as well.
As the book drew to a close I kept thinking of the tremendous irony of the KJV. In the bible belt you can easily find churches that proudly proclaim to be KJV Only churches. I find it ironic that a bible produced by the Anglican Church, the same church that would have hunted down the KJV only folk - if they had been around, you get the point.
While reading yesterday I decided to have a KJV inspired snack. Scones (Scottish, for King James), Tea (English of course) and Damson Jam (Damson plums were the delight of Jacobean England).