The Novel of England

Book - 1987
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A masterpiece that is breathtaking in its scope, SARUM is an epic novel that traces the entire turbulent course of English history. This rich tapesty weaves a compelling saga of five families who preserve their own particular characteristics over the centuries, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the future. "From the Paperback edition."
Publisher: New York : Crown, 1987.
ISBN: 9780517563380
Branch Call Number: FIC Ruthe
Characteristics: vii, 897 p. : maps.


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viv_i_viv Jun 11, 2017

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.

Feb 20, 2016

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.

Mar 26, 2014

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.

Dec 12, 2012

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.

Jan 17, 2012

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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