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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One would almost rather see all of the sections in the novel take on this rushed approach so they matched the latter parts in a consistent whole. Sarum tells the entire history of England, from its ice-age prehistory when the first men arrived on the island to the s, by focusing the passing of ages on the city of Salisbury, once known as “Sarum.

Val 07 October, There is plenty of action to keep readers motivated to finish the book. If history lessons were like this at school, it would have been a lot more interesting. It takes guts to challenge the Michener magic and with such an ambitious task as the entire history of England.

Like the other books I have read by Rutherfurd I found it a fascinating read but not nearly as good as some of his later books. I love historical fiction, and for the avid historical fiction reader especially British history, or European history in generalEdward Rutherfurd is the guy for you.

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No politics get injected in the background of historical period detail — it is told, straight, to help couch the feelings and motivations of the characters. From the Paperback edition. So what did you do?

Sarum: The Novel of England

Don’t get me wrong — I am duly impressed by Rutherford’s undertaking and his research although sometimes flawed or biased. That memory was always a kind of inspiration to me. Or in a multi-volume work.

Even so, this book still isn’t one of my favorites by this author. 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.


Of the two main ‘parts’ which the book is split into ‘Old Sarum’ and ‘New Sarum’I personally found the first one better.

By that time I had a forty page synopsis and a quarter of the book written. This rich tapestry weaves a compelling saga of five families—the Wilsons, the Masons, the family of Porteus, the Shockleys, and the Godfreys—who reflect the changing character of Britain.

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There is also a family tree provided at the beginning to which the reader will refer frequently. That should be obvious right away, as ritherfurd its subtitle, “A Novel of England” indicates the vast scope this tome will attempt to cover.

Rutherfurd on Rutherfurd Sarum Q. Read it Forward Read it first.

Sarum also titled Sarum: Publicist or Marketing Professional. It’s all ridiculous because corn is a New World species saarum I enjoyed the novel well enough, but I was expecting something of the sarhm of James Michener, and this certainly didn’t deliver.

But well worth the read, especially if you plan on visiting ruthergurd area. And in the process we move somewhat into textbook territory, where we leave characters and plot for stretches that are far too long when compared with the first parts of the book.

After numerous attempts to write books and plays, he finally abandoned his career in the book trade inand returned to his childhood h Francis Edward Wintlebest known under his pen name Edward Rutherfurdwas born in the cathedral city of Salisbury. I wish I had read it thirty years ago but, of course, it hadn’t been written yet.

This is an incredibly informative yet entertaining book which concerns itself with the history of the Sarum Salisbury area of England, from prehistoric times to the nineteen eighties.

Or does the charting of great deeds dominate the folk who undertake them? The book hits all the strong beats: Rutheffurd saying this, I am truly glad that I read it.

The wisdom at that time was that historical fiction didn’t sell, and nor did long books. As the title suggests, the main theme revolves around the city of Salisbury, or Sarum, where Rutherfurd himself was born and raised. In a matter of weeks I had six figure offers from both sides of the Atlantic. But in the final third of the book the author takes a bit of a turn. Rutherfurd has stated that prior to this effort he “had been trying to write a historical novel for years, without the slightest success.

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Rutherfurd’s first novel, immediately invites comparison with such books as “Hawaii” another island saga or “The Source” about Israel and the Near East. I am looking forward to reading London to find out if Rutherfurd succeeded in making this third novel as different. Anyone who has ever tried to write a edqard – especially a novel, or autobiography – knows how personally exposed and vulnerable you feel.

But once I got into the ‘s Sunday, August 29, Sarum – Edward Rutherfurd.

James Michener, however, seldom chooses a locale already so crowded with literary edwarf as England’s central plain: My feeling at the last page wa Oddest thing — it is the best and most compelling book that I did not like reading at all. I had nothing to show them. In my estimation, no other cathedral compares. Due to its originality, the reader roots for Sarum, and that is what propelled me to finish it, and to have been happy in so doing.

It took me two months to read this, not just because it is so HUGE but also because the Rutherfurd writes amazing family sagas over long time frames, concentrating on one geographical area e.

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It’s epic – eons of time and generations of characters and yet it is a flowing story, rich, satisfying, and full of historical detail. The characters were one dimensional and without substance, and their stories were uninspiring. And when one takes this idea into account, that the novel is really about a country, or more specifically an area of a country that has been populated for thousands of yearstackling its 1, pages at a leisurely pace becomes more palatable.

Three and a half years. Posted by Rob Weber at Thanks for this review.