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. Sarum. Set in the magical landscape of Stonehenge and the cathedral city of Salisbury, SARUM is an epic story of five families – the Wilsons, the Masons, the. Sarum. Q. You decided to write Sarum straight away? A. Not quite. For about three months I thought about several projects, but none seemed right. The idea of .

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And as I was staring at the painting, the whole of my early childhood came back to me with a great rush, the magical presence of the place, of Rutherfjrd Plain and Stonehenge.

Sarum: The Novel of England

The man also knows a ton about how they have cultivated and changed the land throughout time. Four years later, when the book was published, it became an instant international bestseller, remaining 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Each of the families can be identified through genetic characteristics handed down through the ages not simply physical characteristics, but attitudes and morals, too. I expected maybe a couple 4 stars and mostly 3 stars, but that is not what I found. Paris, New York, Russia.

Joy 07 October, I went back and finished the book, after heavy recommendation from my AP European history teacher. Does he skimp on character in order to parade the history?

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Oh yes, by George, he does The cl A really marvellous read – this one follows the format that the author uses in all his work so far, he tells the story efward ordinary folk who go through the momentous times in history. Hwll the hunter, fleeing the rising seas at the end of the last Ice Age, finds refuge on Sarum’s high ground. I knew I could hold out financially for a while. I will say, however, one should go into it completely aware of its nature, and should treat it as a marathon, not a sprint.


Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd

There is another interesting aspect about this novel. For me, it’s the second I read by the author the first one being The Princes of Ireland. This was my first Rutherfurd, and definitely my last.

Awakening New York Paris So back to Sarum I went.

This is a historical epic told through the eyes of everyday people. This theft, at the bridge where the five rivers meet, repeats the depredations of the first prehistoric long-toed robber, from whom the modern thief has, in fact, descended.

It’s epic – eons of time and generations of characters and yet it is a flowing story, rich, satisfying, and full of historical detail. rutheefurd

Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Category: This is one of those books that you have to say is ‘sweeping in it’s scope. But these are rare occurrences in a narrative awash with gratuitous historical references. If history lessons were like this at school, it would have been a lot more interesting. These anachronistic authorial intrusions would have worked better, if he really had to have them, as endnotes to each chapter, rather than breaking the narrative so jarringly.

Rutherfurd has the entire history of the English novel with which to contend. The New Forest and Salisbury, practically neighbours, are quite different books. Not to mention the attachment to the satum, who even in their worst flaws are extremely compelling. That one limits itself to a mere 10 centuries ruhterfurd. So I was in the local pub with my cousin Diana, having a curry, when a rather puzzled barman came to say I was wanted on the telephone; and then Gill told me about the new bid.


On the cover of the copy of Sarum that I own, The Toronto Star states that “Rutherfurd reminds us that we are all part of a long line of human experience. For Rutherfurd always seems to give life’s life-ness priority – no mushy romance and “arranged” conclusion, just plain simple everyday life and events as they may likely happen in mine, yours, and their lives.

Sarum is coming on 30 years old pretty soon, edwxrd big sweeping historical epics like it are gone with the wind. There was a problem adding your email address. The masterly creation of the inner ring of blue stones at Stonehenge is the work of a squat stone worker rutherufrd is tortured by jealousy, just as the exquisite carvings in the chapter house of Salisbury Cathedral are cut by a mason driven almost insane by lust.


How long did it take to write Sarum? It is as though the author must now rush to cover more history with less story in the final pages, and so the amount of pages that would have covered about 70 years in the first half of the book sometimes cover close to two centuries in the second half. Sarum is definitely what I would describe as a marathon read – I attempted the marathon more than 10 yrs ago, and events lead me on to other things. Sarum was interesting, but it was the longest thousand page book I’ve ever read.

As the title suggests, the main theme revolves around the city of Salisbury, or Sarum, where Rutherfurd himself was born and raised. Rutherfurd has told the story of the land he was born in and has told it well.

Naturally they don’t know their ancient noble or common origins the way the reader does, other than as family tales passed down which they believe to be largely fictitious, like Doctor Barnagel, who laughs at his family’s legend of being descended from a Danish invader known for crying “Bairn nae gel!

My mass market paperback weighs in at pages. My feeling at the last page was — thank God it is over. Hwll the caveman, in search of the better life, leaves his polar icecap with wife and family for warmer climes and ends up in Sarum, where he competes well and flourishes.