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Sarum

The Novel of England

Rutherfurd, Edward

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Sarum
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Covering the entire course of English history, this epic follows five families that mirror the social and political forces that have shaped Britain--the Wilsons, the Masons, the Porteuses, the Shockleys, and the Godfreys. A masterpiece that is breathtaking in its scope, Sarum is an epic novel that traces the entire turbulent course of English history. This rich tapestry weaves a compelling saga of five families who preserve their own particular characteristics over the centuries, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the future.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2005, c1987
Edition: 2005 trade pbk ed
ISBN: 0449000729
9780449000724
Branch Call Number: FICTION RUTHERFUR 2005
Characteristics: viii, 897 p., [5] p. of plates :,geneal. table, maps ;,21 cm

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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. -

The rich tapestry of this sweeping saga covers 10,000 years of English history through many generations of five families on the Salisbury Plain.

Covering the entire course of English history, this epic follows five families that mirror the social and political forces that have shaped Britain.

Rutherfurd's sweeping saga of the area surrounding Stonehenge and Salisbury, England, covers 10,000 years and includes many generations of five families.


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Mar 30, 2014
  • zipread rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sarum --- by Edward Rutherfurd. This time, Rutherfurd just doesn’t seem to hit it out of the ballpark. I’ve read London, I’ve read Paris. I found both quite absorbing: London covered a time period at least as extensive as Sarum; Paris, while not as ambitious on the time scale, is a little more challenging: it doesn’t deal with time in a linear fashion --- it jumps around in time. Both books are big --- the size of bricks. Both are intimidating, or promising, as the case may be, as a result of their size. Sarum, on the other hand has left me challenged. I sometimes found myself continuing to read Sarum because, after all, this was Rutherfurd and my experience with him has shown that he delivers the goods. But after ploughing (and the soil was heavy clay) my way through a third of the almost nine hundred page long book (small print --- not much white space) I just had to admit this wasn’t worth the effort: this seemed more like work than entertainment. I’ll give Rutherfurd one more try later but not now.

Dec 12, 2012
  • InvernessS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love the writing of Rutherfurd, having read all his work, a few books twice. Sarum - twice! He's true to research & wonderful a telling a tale. Too bad nearly all his books are tiny print.

This book takes you on a magical journey through time. Rutherfurd's novels are so well researched, it's like a fascinating history class! If you like Sarum, you'll love London as well.

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