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croatia and slovenia and became fairy editor forand Slovenia and became fairy editor for agent I ve met the author at Frankfurt Book Fair in 2007 but he doesn t speak English and my Spanish is not so good on speaking level so we just smiled to each other and made a photo I can t find any For all those who love Ken Follett s The Pillars of the Earth TV series made upon this book is now available on Netflix I gave up on this book at page 252 of 600 The very beginning was pretty interesting and I found the character of a young man essentially raising his baby alone with his remote wife as a successful medieval serf in pastoral Spain very compelling I liked the stuff through the pottery workshop too but after that It felt to me like the story dropped off for the sake of cramming a historical setting with stock characters to represent different aspects of life in 14th Century Barcelona There was little narrative suspense or tension and the book rapidly turned into an episodic adventure For all that the novel is touted as portraying a time and a place it does A story of treachery battle destitution sickness death love betrayal hardship all life circumstances in an era filled with mystery and intrigue From the moment you read the first chapter to the end you will endure the life of a peasant a baron a nobleman or noblewoman a prostitute a warrior a witch a friar an inuisitor and a ing I could not bring myself to give this two stars meaning it was merely OKThe book was a best seller in Spain with proclaiming Falcones Spain s answer to Dan Brown He is not that good and not that bad either I can see why the book was so popular for the author A Catalan wrote a historical novel of his city Barcelona This is something totally unthinkable 50 years ago when the Franco regime forbade Catalan culture and languagePerhaps another reason for he book s popularity was its language I perused the Spanish original "and the style and vocabulary were simple and elementary In short it is fast food literature accessible filling but hardly nutritious "the style and vocabulary were simple and elementary In short it is fast food literature accessible filling but hardly nutritious unlike Dan Brown One could almost call it a beach book or airport book but its sheer bulk make it less than handy and therefore unlikelyMore substantively the plot seethed with hokey melodrama Spanish has a word for it cursi and the characters two dimensional almost stereotypicalFalcones is an attorney in Barcelona and he wrote this book over a period of years an hour or so in the morning before going to work and an hour or so after work It is also obvious he spent time in libraries as the plot is replete with minor heroes of Catalan history from the thirteenth fourteenth century Perhaps a movie will be made of it dumbing it down even further which can only ensure an even greater success But it would have to be done the scale of a Cecil B DeMille epicI do not feel guilty leaving it unfinished. Ersonaggio di inusuale tempra e umanità Arnau non esita a dedicarsi con entusiasmo al grande progetto della cattedrale del popolo E all'ombra di uelle torri gotiche dovrà lottare contro fame ingiustizie e tradimenti ataviche barriere religiose guerre peste commerci ignobili e indomabili passioni ma soprattutto per un a che i pregiudizi del tempo vorrebbero condannare alle brume del sog. .
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I probably wouldn t have even heard of this beautiful story had it not been for a review that I saw on Trip Advisor of all places I was looking at places to visit for our upcoming trip to Barcelona deciding on whether or not to visit Santa Maria del Mar a cathedral in Barcelona One of the reviewers highly recommended reading this book first I m a sucker for reading travel related books and I have to say that I ve been hard pressed to find much that truly interests me when it comes to books that are set in Spain I am becoming a bit selective and no longer want to read a travel related book just because we re headed there It has to be good also Anyway I am so grateful to that reviewer and I wrote and told him so The story set in 14th century Barcelona is well written with some edge of the seat turns If you enjoy medieval fiction such as Pillars of the Earth you may like this one I enjoyed Pillars of the Earth but this was lovely also The story was compelling Like most historical fiction you love some of the characters and
Hate A Few Others Alsoa few others also were some parts that bored me but those are easy to skim through One word of warning for those who may be a bit on the conservative side it does get a bit graphic at times but not too often Finally the book is thoroughly researched I really enjoyed the final pages of the book where the author explains the parts of the story that are true I hope that we have time to visit this fascinating cathedral during our short stay in BarcelonaSome of my favorite uotesThe past does not exist There is nothing to be sorry for Today is when we start to live Look look at the sea The sea has not past It is just there It will never ask us to explain The stars the moon are there to light our way to shine for us What do they care what might have happened in the past They are accompanying us and are happy with that Can you see them shine The stars are twinkling in the sky would they do that if the past mattered Would not there be a huge storm if God wanted to punish us We are alone you and I with no past no memories no guilt nothing that can stand in the way of our love From the beginning Santa Maria de la Mar church was built by and for the common people Santa Maria de la Mar is without doubt one of the most beautiful churches to be found anywhere It may lack the monumentality of others built at the same time or later but its interior is filled with the spirit with which Berenguer de Montagut sought to infuse it the people s church built by the people of Barcelona for Barcelona is like an airy Catalan farmhouse It is austere protected and protecting and the light of the Mediterranean sets it "APART FROM ANY OTHER CHURCH IN THE WORLD ACCORDING "from any other church in the world According the experts the great virtue of Santa Maria is that it was built over an uninterrupted period of fifty five years This means it benefits from a unified architectural style with few elements added on making it the leading example of Catalan Gothic I read the book in English and perhaps it was not that good in translation However as a person who absolutely. Barcellona XIV secolo Nel cuore dell'umile uartiere della Ribera gli occhi curiosi del piccolo Arnau sono catturati dalle maestose mura di una grande chiesa in costruzione Un incontro decisivo poiché la storia di Santa Maria del Mar sarà il cardine delle tormentate vicende della sua esistenza Figlio di un servo fuggiasco nella capitale catalana Arnau trova rifugio e uella sospirata lib. Loved The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett I thought that this was just a poor copy of the epic novel Cathedral of the Sea is worth a read if you like historical fiction but that s pretty much about it I picked up this well crafted historical epic masterpiece at a charity shop and am so thrilled that I did It is passionate It is very important to now when you start this book that it is in fact based on the Chronica of King Pedro III Although historical fiction it closely follows true events in Catalonia during the 1300s under King Pedro s reign There is tons of history incorporated into the novel At the same time it has an engaging and fast "MOVING PLOT YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT "plot You will learn about the building of the cathedral Sant Maria de la Mar You will be impressed by the cathedral s history its beauty and how it engaged the life of so many in Barcelona It was built for and by the people of Barcelona All its people It was built at the site of an older church and underneath it is an ancient Roman cemetery However the book and the plot covers many many other actual events wars the bubonic plague the Inuisition guild practices treatment of women and Jews in fact all aspects of life in Barcelona during the 1300s this book is a perfect example
Of How Historical Fictionhow historical fiction teach in a delightful engrossing manner There is a author s note that clearly explains what is fiction and what is fact The events that have been altered are pointed out What is amazing is that what seems fiction is fact I wish I had read it in the middle of the novel rather than at the end So why only three stars I now that for me to say I like the book feels appropriate than to say I really liked it This is because I never really attached my self to the characters The book is concerned with the unrolling of the plot than character analysis Each character plays a significant role there are none that could have been eliminated Each character was rounded and well thought out but maybe the fact that all was so well planned that there were few bizarre elements that it simply felt a bit boring I do not mean the plot
*Was Boring That Was *boring that was along at full speed continually In fact it felt a bit cinematicSo this book provides great history in an engaging story but without much sparkle I am very glad I read it I learned so very very much Did you Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy, and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm know that the Inuisition began very early in Catalonia Dis younow that people were trading and profiting from the buying and selling of different currencies in the 1300s Did you April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers know that when two serfs were married the master had the right to sleep with the woman first on the night of their marriage You will not regret reading this book Hefty historical novel set in fourteenth century Barcelona and revolving around the building of a cathedral yes there are similarities to Ken Follett s Pillars of the Earth Unlike Follett s no Great book couldn t put it down This is one of my favorite Spanish novels And my precious acuisitions as editor I ve heard about this book at that time just published in Spain from his agent duri. Ertà che a tutt'oggi incarna lo spirito di Barcellona all'epoca in pieno fermento i vecchi istituti feudali sono al tramonto e i mercanti e i banchieri sono in ascesa sempre più influenti nel determinare le sorti della città impegnata in aspre battaglie per il controllo dei mari Intanto l'azione dell'Inuisizione minaccia la già non facile convivenza fra cristiani musulmani ed ebrei