Cathedral of the Sea, by Ildefonso Falcones, trans. Nick Caistor. Rich and racy homage to old Catalonia. Reviewed by Michael Eaude; Friday. Cathedral of the Sea is a historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones. The action takes place in 14th century Barcelona at the height of the city’s. Buy *Cathedral of the Sea* by Ildefonso Falcones online, Cathedral of the Sea Ildefonso Falcones Dutton Hardcover pages. May rated 4 1/2 of 5.

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As Arnau prospers, he secretly falls in love with a forbidden woman.

The details of the book are astounding. However, The Hand of Fatima is worse…so you are right to avoid it!

Isi is reading this, indeed! But, if you just want to read a book about the building of a church and the frictions of a medieval community, please, do yourself a favour and buy The Pillars of the Earth instead. As it was, I forced myself through to the end. Fate brings him into the guild of the bastaixospowerful laborers on whom the city depends to unload and load their ships, who in their free time carry heavy stones for the construction of the Santa Maria del Mar cathedral.

Retrieved 29 October I was keen to read the book because it was set in my favourite period and in one of my favourite cities I lived in Barcelona for 6 months but found it utterly dull and lifeless. This book took me five years of hard work.

But yes, I found the book enjoyable but at that time I hadn’t read so many books like that.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub. Like The Visit of the Royal Physicianhowever, it left me cold.

Cathedral of the Sea

Rather it is the first that has been published. With time, Arnau prospers and falls secretly in love with a forbidden woman.

That’ll come as a shock to my friends and family. I thought Aledis stayed strong despite her ordeals and it was refreshing dare I suggest that? Glad to hear that both you and your uncle enjoyed the novel, and I wish you both happy reading in the future.

And virtually all female characters have ghastly ends: That gave me a flash of what the book might have been. I hadn’t heard of The Cathwdral of Fatima until Isi mentioned it, but since then Amazon has recommended it to me and so I very firmly said ‘no thanks’.

Well, first of all, an advert: So well, if you want any recommendation of a Spanish author that I’m sure you will like it, just tell me!!

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Cathedral of the Sea: Ildefonso Falcones

Historical Fiction Romance Category: The Privilege of the Sword: With over seven million copies sold, his work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. That was the clue to its success. In carrying the stones for the church and the Virgin Mary, Arnau knows he is assisting a cause greater than himself, as well as aiding Joan and his dream of becoming a man of the cloth.

However, there is a lot of imagination as well. An unforgettable fresco of a golden age in fourteenth-century Barcelona, Cathedral of the Sea is a thrilling historical novel of friendship and revenge, plague and hope, love and war.


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Book review: Ildefonso Falcones’ *Cathedral of the Sea*

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. May 01, Pages. What are you looking for? Enthusiasm is always needed, but not excessive passion. This is now my genre, and I believe that when something works there is no reason to change it. This site uses cookies By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Even in Ken Follett’s books, the good characters are soooo good and you know they will suffer a little during the story but they will success at the end, and the bad ones are so evil and they will end dying, in prison, etc.

I only want people to be amused.

Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones – Penguin Books Australia

Falcones explains what writing means to him as well as the difficulties of the creative process. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Had I not felt honour-bound to finish it, I would have put it aside after the first hundred pages. Click here to learn more about this month’s sponsor! This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat

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