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The Heaven Tree (original 1960; edition 1991)

by Edith Pargeter

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Member:loriephillips
Title:The Heaven Tree
Authors:Edith Pargeter
Info:Thorndike Pr (1991), Edition: Lrg, Paperback, 623 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Read in 2012
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction, British Literature, Historical Fiction, Medieval, Series, 2012/11

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At first, the plot didn't seem very interesting, but I kept on going because of the great reviews. By the time I was finished, I thought the book was great. At that point, I could see that all the little scenes and people introduced early on all fit together to support the final scenes. Far, far better than "The Pillars of the Earth," which seems surprisingly silly and juvenile for all the praise it has gotten. ( )
  afinch11 | Aug 25, 2013 |
If you enjoyed The Pillars of the Earth or World Without end you are bound to enjoy this book. It is set in the time of King John and tells of a young Mason Harry Talvace, who has magic in his fingertips. He comes from a well to do family and hasa higly tuned sense of fairness and justice, he is brought up with his fathers veillans son Adam, they are like brothers and when an accident with a deer occurs in the forest, which could mean Adam losing his hand in punishment, the boys flea to safety. They go to France where they are apprenticed to a master mason. Before coming back to England to build a magnificent church for his lord Isambard, this sense of justice will eventually lead to anger resentment and death.
The story is very very good, Edith Pargeter is a fantastic writer, I spent half the book chewing my fingers in anticipation of what was going to happen. The writing style is fairly old fashioned but suits the book perfectly and her sense of anticipation and intrigue is amazing. I loved this book and am looking forward the reading the next 2 in the trilogy. ( )
  Glorybe1 | Apr 15, 2012 |
Harry Talvace is a master stone mason. As young boys, he and his foster brother Adam escape to France after being beaten for a crime they did not commit, and to avoid the further punishment of Adam's having his hand chopped off. They eventually return to England to build a glorious church for a Marcher lord. Harry's deep sense of integrity and justice puts him at odds with the lord (Isambard) and eventually leads to his death. Prince Llewelyn of Wales figures into the story, particularly at the end. So good! ( )
  lindymc | May 30, 2008 |
Fans of Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett would enjoy this story of two men who are blood brothers running away from their lives in England to become masons in France and returning to England to build a church of surpassing brilliance in the borderlands between England and Wales.

Interesting if a little laboured with some of the social commentary which is a little out of place historically. Still a good read and I look forward to reading more in the series. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 5, 2007 |
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The angel, eternally alighting with arched wings and delicate, stretched feet, spread his hands palms outwards towards the radiance, and bowed in ceremonious humility the youthful, narrow head, with its long gold hair still erect and quivering from his flight.
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