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Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd (1987)


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early history of England focused on Salisbury
  drbrendan | Oct 3, 2016 |
Well I FINALLY finished SARUM. It was lengthy, very detailed, and if I hadn't been so interested in the subject matter, and had the chance to tour the locale concurrent with my read, I think I'd probably not have finished. Without the physical attachment to the sense of place, I'd have labeled it ponderous. In a style reminiscent of James Michener and Ken Follett, Rutherford uses fictional characters to show us the progression of life in ancient Britain after the land mass separates from continental Europe. From approx 10000 BC to 1985 AD we see life the history of England from the perspective of "ordinary" gentry, farmers, and masons.

In spite of its vastness, the book was well worth the read, and one that is written well enough that it can be taken in small bits. I also listened to parts of it in audio - a format I enjoy and which was well done. ( )
  tututhefirst | Jul 7, 2016 |
Wonderful book from a better writer than Michener. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
A novel sweeping the history of England touching times from ancient orgins to present day. Pretty good! ( )
  Bruce_Deming | Feb 5, 2016 |
I tried reading this book. Some points were interesting but I really had too hard of a time getting into it. I read three chapters in and could not even think about finishing. I did try though. Just wasn't for me. ( )
  ladyofunicorns | Oct 4, 2015 |
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First, before the beginning of Sarum, came a time when the world was a colder and darker place.
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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.

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Follow five families over the course of 10,000 years as they portray the history of England, from the Ice Age to the present.

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