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Cathedral of the Sea (2006)

by Ildefonso Falcones

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Series: La cattedrale del mare (1)

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Set in 14th century Barcelona, the 80-year construction of the Church of Santa Maria affects the lives of the citizens, those who devoted their lives to building it, and those who were sheltered there.
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    Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (Smahler1986, OTVTT2010)
    OTVTT2010: Molemmat mieleenpainuvia lukukokemuksia, laadukasta viihdettä.
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    World Without End by Ken Follett (Smahler1986)
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    L'Atles furtiu by Alfred Bosch (omaixant)
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    Historia del rey transparente by Rosa Montero (LilianaL)
    LilianaL: Una novela historica muy linda y entretenida, con ingredientes como los cátaros y el norte de Caalunya

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This was great. It is a bit childish—highly pedagogical—but since I didn't know most of the history I was glad to learn it. ( )
  breic | Dec 20, 2019 |
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  Alba26 | Aug 23, 2019 |
This is so lame. droit du seigneur (the lord's right) starting right off the bat on page 11 - really?! While I'm certainly not a historian, the most basic research will tell you there is no evidence in Europe that this was really practiced as it is portrayed here (if you have a source that says otherwise, please let me know). Thank you Ildefonso, from saving me from wading thru 600 pages. ( )
  catzkc | Mar 23, 2018 |
Like Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth, this novel of historical fiction features the construction of a medieval cathedral. In this novel, however, the construction of the cathedral is less central to the plot, which does not revolve around the details of its construction and financing, but rather centers more broadly on the history and development of Barcelona in terms of its commerce and rulers during this time period. And unlike in Pillars of the Earth, this is a real cathedral, which is still in existence in Barcelona, and can be visited today. See this wiki article:


Arnau Estangol comes to Barcelona as an infant with his father, an escaped serf. As a youth, Arnau becomes a stoneworker, "bastaixo", hauling massive blocks of stone on his back from the quarry to the cathedral site. His good friend and adoptive brother Joan studies to become a priest. As time passes, the Inquisition and the troubles of Catalonian royal succession engulf them, as Arnau rises through society and Joan becomes an Inquisitor.

This is not always the best writing, but it's a grand and epic story of life in the middle ages. Its plot is sometimes a bit far-fetched, but the range is broad, emphasizing the disparity between the aristocrats and the masses. There is war, plague, trade and money exchange, and the treatment of the Jews in medieval Spain. This was an engaging read.

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1 vote arubabookwoman | Dec 18, 2017 |
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¿Ildefonso Falcones o Ken Follett?
Falcones intentó una hazaña colosal con su primer libro, en el que empleó más de dos años, dar forma a un libro épico, pero todavía no estaba preparado para hacerlo. Follett dedicó más de una década a construir el suyo, tal vez por eso Ken formó “los pilares de la tierra”, un libro que nos sobrevivirá a todos e Ildefonso ideó la basílica de Santa María del Mar, un edificio tosco, repleto de ilusión y fe, pero con poca gracia y hermosura. El libro de Follett traspasó los conceptos localistas y creo una historia universal, donde lo de menos es el telón de fondo, pero Falcones construyó un mundo imaginado, una Barcelona que nunca ideal, el paraíso de pecheros y campesinos apaleados que se refugiaron en sus murallas para respirar la fresca brisa del mar Mediterráneo, pero se olvidó que aquella isla de luz y color nunca existió, que el burgo de Barcelona era uno más en el Reino de Aragón y sus hijos parte de un condado perdido en la periferia de la Cristiandad.
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Ildefonso Falconesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Andreozzi, RuggeroNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bovaia, RobertaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruno, JacopoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caistor, NickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cavalcanti, CristinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eijgenraam, MarleenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ekman, SatuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grüneisen, LisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hasselberger, Richard LasherCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, AmyDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
La Gaja scienzaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
López, FerranCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lönngren, Kajsa-LisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michael, PaulNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, Kirsten A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oxby, NicCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Płachta, MagdalenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plantagenet, AnneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ribu, AndersInnl.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Set in 14th century Barcelona, the 80-year construction of the Church of Santa Maria affects the lives of the citizens, those who devoted their lives to building it, and those who were sheltered there.

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