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Anyone read anything by this author? I have his book London. Is it a good read?
I have enjoyed everything I've read by Rutherfurd, but then again, I enjoy completely burying myself in meaty historical fiction. I've heard other readers say that sometimes he provides too much information--and I'll confess to skipping sections of detail without losing much of the storyline.
Agree, esp. ktleyed's remarks about the superiority of Sarum over Pillars of the Earth. I wish Rutherfurd had done one on Rome rather than Saylor, which is saying something.
(kt, if you want to read an excellent novel about the building of a cathedral in the 12th century, try Edith Pargeter's The Heaven Tree. (Pargeter also wrote as Ellis Peters of Cadfael fame.)
My experience with Rutherford is limited to London, but honestly I couldnt get past the second chapter. I barely made it past chap 1 and it made me want to kill myself, it was just so boring and tedious. But thats just my opinion, and I seem to be in the minority.
I read Sarum and enjoyed it, but I've never gone on to read anything else by him. I remember it taking me a long time. That said, I realized when I spent a week in England in 2009 that I my ideas of the country and what to see were strongly influenced by that book--probably more than any other. Where did we go? Stonehenge and Salisbury, of course! I can also say that although I read the book about 12 years ago and have read many,many books since, I still remember it remarkably well. So there you go. I think that's a pretty good endorsement.
I found it a lot like James Michener. Do you like his work?
I am reading Russka now, near completion. I did not want a big bang intro to Russian historical fiction. So far this is just light enough and at times too graphic when dealing with the carnal human imperfections. However since the book is not featuring carnal/graphic violence it remains palatable for me. I am looking forward to taking in another not to violent, but more cerebral russian historical fiction, mostly socio-political-cultural-peasant life and on into present.
I just posted my answer to the OP here - http://www.librarything.com/topic/111828 (post 4)
I have the book, Sarum, but never finished it. It was interesting and I should find it and start again. We remodeled and it is packed away in a box. Thanks for the reminder.
Haven't read London yet, but would like it. I did read
New York and enjoyed it very much. It does read like Michener which I happen to like. The story was interesting and I learned a lot about early New York as well as latter- day politics.
I also loved New York! I Tried to read Sarum and the Ireland books but I lost interest, which is weird for me. I had problems remembering time, characters and family's. Hope London is good! :)
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