- Tapa blanda: 1344 páginas
- Editor: Random House; Edición: New Ed (1 de abril de 2006)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0099527308
- ISBN-13: 978-0099527305
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº96.122 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Sarum (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 abr 2006
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"A heck of a story ... a grand read" (Daily Mail)
"A high-speed cavalcade of our island story ... a heady and sometimes sexy brew" (Daily Express)
"Bursts with action, encyclopedic in historic detail ... supremely well crafted and a delight to read" (Chicago Tribune)
"A richly imagined vision of history, written with genuine delight" (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A thundering good read … a great achievement" (The Bookseller)
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A novel tracing the story of the city of Salisbury and of five families through a hundred centuries of turmoil, tyranny, passion and prosperity. It charts the entire course of english history and the social and political forces that shaped its society.Ver Descripción del producto
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Worth reading yes...simply a little mild.
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Many years ago, when you could still roam around Stonehenge, I sat on one of the great rock slabs The rock felt cool even though the sun was shining. I ran my fingers over the lichen tracings which were as delicate as lace and I thought "hundreds of years from now when I am long gone, this rock and this lichen will look exactly the same as they do now." That was sixty years ago. As the author remarks in Sarum "the glory of the Island was made of stone." If wonders like Stonehenge thrill you, chances are good you'll love "Sarum" and the descriptive events swirling around the great astronomical monument are among the best in the book. The superb Salisbury Cathedral is also a nucleus of activity and a reflection of the English spirit and made of stone.
This immense novel takes a long time to get through but perseverance is worth it and you'll come away thinking about Britain in a new light because you will feel yourself an observer. You were there when Neolithic men first came down from the North, you were there for the next 10,000 years. In the Fifth century Britain is over-run with the Romans, then Germanic tribes-the Goths, the Saxons- and the Viking marauders from the north. King Alfred the Great manages to keep his kingdom of Wessex from being conquered by its numerous enemies and from that small kingdom Britain the Island will become England the country, a diverse people under one flag. As the history panorama rolls by you'll visit Norman England after the Conquest. In the fullness of time men will marvel at the great Sarsens at Stonehenge but they have forgotten what the eerie circle of silent giants was for.
Sarum follows the lives and fortunes of five families who lived on the Salisbury Plain- the family of Porteous, the Wilsons, the Masons, the Shockleys and the Godfreys. Families like these and the individual men and women who comprise them, some good, some bad, mold England over the centuries, give it its character, its uniqueness.
In the fourteenth century come the reigns of John, the magnificent Edward I and his disastrous son Edward II. Salisbury Cathedral rises from the plain, a church so light and airy it looks from a distance as though it were made of lace. The Black Death, a bacterial disease spread by fleas fro rats, decimates the population of Europe. In the Fifteenth Century Henry V wins the battle of Agincourt. The Tudor dynasty emerges after the death of Richard III. Henry VIII dissolves the monasteries, England is plunged into Catholicism by Mary and Elizabeth I wrenches the country back to Protestantism. She demands the Cathedral at Salisbury to contribute money to fight the Spanish Armada, knowing that the Spanish ships are positioning themselves for invasion. She executes her mortal enemy, "the Frenchified Mary Queen of Scots."
In the Sixteenth Century James I and his son Charles, devoutly believing they rule by divine right, try to govern Scotland as well as England without understanding either country. In the next century Cromwell, the Restoration. Citizens are buffeted one way then the other. The nineteenth century. Napoleon. Nelson. The little frigate called the "Euryalus" is tucked right next to Nelson's ship the "Victory" at the Battle of Trafalgar. "We were Nelson's watchdog" the seamen said. "We were his extra eye and arm." But Nelson in his admiral's jacket covered with flashing medals strides across the deck, giving orders, an easy mark for an enemy sniper. A concise description of the great battle which destroyed the French navy forever is written into the story. The British nation becomes an Empire, stretching around the globe. Queen Victoria is not mentioned.
Author Rutherfurd's authoritative and convincing story goes to the heart of the British nation, to the people who are the country's backbone. And Stonehenge, which had fallen into private ownership, was sold in 1915 to a gentleman for 6,600 pounds. In 1918 that gentleman gave Stonehenge to the nation.
I found it quite Interesting how the author showed physical features and personality traits descending through the lines. And I was moved by the way the reader was put I to the various battles, ie the Roman defeat of Bodeccia and her Iceni followers, Alfred and the Vikings, The War of the Roses etc., as well as other events. His approach brought greater understanding to the events.
I thought that the building of Stone Henge and Salisbury Cathederal was a little too drawn out and thus limited what could be presented in other events. But the book is dedicated to the cathedral and thus I give him his leeway.
Some have given lesser ratings complaining about the book bogging down at points but I personally thought it moved along much better than some of James A Michener and others' works. I think the book will be well received by those who enjoy reading about history and not so well by those who don't.