An unforgettable read, I particularly liked the prehistory segment of this book. Very strong visually, Britain before and after the ice ages, the land bridge to Europe, if you didn't read the rest of the book this part would still stand well as a good read. But the book as a whole, straddling right to the 20th Century, is enjoyable.
I am reading Sarum for at least the fourth time - I have read some of his others but I feel that Sarum is still the best.
Sarum --- by Edward Rutherfurd. This time, Rutherfurd just doesn’t seem to hit it out of the ballpark. I’ve read London, I’ve read Paris. I found both quite absorbing: London covered a time period at least as extensive as Sarum; Paris, while not as ambitious on the time scale, is a little more challenging: it doesn’t deal with time in a linear fashion --- it jumps around in time. Both books are big --- the size of bricks. Both are intimidating, or promising, as the case may be, as a result of their size. Sarum, on the other hand has left me challenged. I sometimes found myself continuing to read Sarum because, after all, this was Rutherfurd and my experience with him has shown that he delivers the goods. But after ploughing (and the soil was heavy clay) my way through a third of the almost nine hundred page long book (small print --- not much white space) I just had to admit this wasn’t worth the effort: this seemed more like work than entertainment. I’ll give Rutherfurd one more try later but not now.
I love the writing of Rutherfurd, having read all his work, a few books twice. Sarum - twice! He's true to research & wonderful a telling a tale. Too bad nearly all his books are tiny print.
This book takes you on a magical journey through time. Rutherfurd's novels are so well researched, it's like a fascinating history class! If you like Sarum, you'll love London as well.
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