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The Lost Book of the Grail: A Novel by…

The Lost Book of the Grail: A Novel

by Charlie Lovett

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Fictional medieval saint and cathedral with secrets - plausible and enjoyable novel - even if I didn't understand the coding ciphers. ( )
  siri51 | Jan 7, 2019 |
This was a total romp. No “bad guys” to contend with, and a whole bunch of people who just love books...and King Arthur. ( )
  patriciau | Dec 27, 2018 |
A significantly better work than this author's earlier attempt, A Bookman's Tale. He has resisted the temptation to insert distracting elements of melodrama. There are no murders to be solved, no skulking villains to be battled. Just a solid, well-told mystery involving history and books involving the possible discovery of the Grail's location.

Threaded throughout is an ongoing consideration of weighty subjects, such as the nature of religious faith, and role of digital files in the library. I found this latter material especially interesting, not only for being rarely explored in this genre of fiction, but also because it has executed very well and even-handedly.
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  dono421846 | Dec 24, 2018 |
This book is like a cozy mystery version of a Dan Brown novel. There's no danger or wild conspiracy theories, but there is the grail & a lot of musty old books, libraries & churches. Many of the characters are quite charming, as well as the setting of a small English village. It was a little slow sometimes & there were some odd points in the narration, such as the narrator's inability to stick with one regional accent for the American character ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
Arthur Prescott's tidy world of medieval manuscripts and a persistent search for the Holy Grail in the environs of Barchester Cathedral are upset by the arrival of American Bethany Davis, charged by a millionaire with digitizing the manuscripts to make them more widely available. Conflict inevitably ensues, as does romance and mystery. The story includes flashbacks in the history of the cathedral and the abbey of St. Ewolda connected to Barchester. -- The author makes clever use of the town/cathedral/area originally created by Anthony Trollope, although there is very little of Trollope's novels in this one (a few place names and suggestive surnames among Prescott's students -- and a passing reference to Dean Arabin of the cathedral). Much about booklore and the debate over what a library is and should be doing. Very enjoyable. ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
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No age lives entirely alone; every civilization is formed not merely by its own achievements but by what it has inherited from the past. If these things are destroyed, we have lost a part of our past, and we shall be the poorer for it. - Major Ronald Balfour
To me Barset has been a real county, and its city a real city, and the spires and towers have been before my eyes, and the voices of the people are known to my ears, and the pavement of the city ways are familiar to my footsteps. - Anthony Trollope
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Barchester was not equipped with air-raid sirens, being both beyond the range of German bombers and of no strategic value -- but bomber squadrons could become lost on nights when fog unexpectedly blanketed the south of England, and while the emergence of a cathedral spire from that fog might confirm to the navigator that he was too far off course to return home safely, to the bombardier it would recall the words of the commanding officer: "Some target is better than no target."
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"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale comes a new novel about an obsessive bibliophile's quest through time to discover a missing manuscript, the unknown history of an English Cathedral, and the secret of the Holy Grail. Arthur Prescott is happiest when surrounded by the ancient books and manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library. Increasingly, he feels like a fish out of water among the concrete buildings of the University of Barchester, where he works as an English professor. His one respite is his time spent nestled in the library, nurturing his secret obsession with the Holy Grail and researching his perennially unfinished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. But when a beautiful young American named Bethany Davis arrives in Barchester charged with the task of digitizing the library's manuscripts, Arthur's tranquility is broken. Appalled by the threat modern technology poses to the library he loves, he sets out to thwart Bethany, only to find in her a kindred spirit with a similar love for knowledge and books--and a fellow Grail fanatic. Bethany soon joins Arthur in a quest to find the lost Book of Ewolda, the ancient manuscript telling the story of the cathedral's founder. And when the future of the cathedral itself is threatened, Arthur and Bethany's search takes on grave importance, leading the pair to discover secrets about the cathedral, about the Grail, and about themselves"--… (more)

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