My plane landed in Belgrade Laguna had the rights I was so thrilled with the book that I immediately sold it to Bulgaria Croatia and Slovenia and became was so thrilled with the book that I immediately sold it to Bulgaria Croatia and Slovenia and became so thrilled with the book that I immediately sold it to Bulgaria Croatia and Slovenia and became editor or Falcones 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 The Swan Gondola 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 Iound 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 Right Turns: From Liberal Activist to Conservative Champion in 35 Unconventional Lessons felt to me like the story dropped offor 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 neither And when the characters are given a Politically Incorrect few lines of dialogue it serves only to do the author s workor him They don t talk like anyone realThere are many places that the story could be developed the community of the bastaixos the relationship of Joan and Arnau regional warfare restrictions on women The author just glosses over everything The sentences are written well enough and the prose is readable enough but there s no real reason to keep reading the book It lacks substance It s like Moll Flanders Arnau just goes Beyond Varallan from place to place getting and successful but with veryew insights into what he thinks or eels He s a puppet They re all puppets At least Moll Flanders makes some coy statements about her contemporary era which are interesting to read in the modern era Cathedral lacks even that authenticityI like my characters to do a little thinking and my authors to do a lot less spoonfeeding If you love Barcelona or the Santa Maria del Mar church or have a particular interest in the period you would probably like this book I think you d be better off "reading a really good non iction book on the topic though " a really good non iction book on the topic though there aren t any yet A story of treachery battle destitution sickness death love betrayal hardship all life circumstances in an era Dona Flor filled with mystery and intrigue From the moment you read theirst 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 Rocker Babies Wear Jeans friar an inuisitor and a king Full review on my blog 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 popularor the author A Catalan wrote a historical novel of his city Barcelona This is something totally unthinkable 50 years ago when the Franco regime orbade Catalan culture and languagePerhaps another reason or 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 Sono with Visits from the Seventh fastood literature accessible Remarkable Creatures filling but hardly nutritious Not 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 wordor 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 rom the thirteenth ourteenth century Perhaps a movie will be made of it dumbing it down even Heroes Adrift (Hero, 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 noteel 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 ame 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 Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old for a review that I saw on Trip Advisor of all places I was looking at places to visitor 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 Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs first I m a suckeror reading travel related books and I have to say that I ve been hard pressed to ind much that truly interests me when and I have to say that I ve been hard pressed to ind much that truly interests me when 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 Puckster's First Hockey Sweater 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 historicaliction you love some of the characters and hate a ew others also There were some parts that bored me but those are easy to skim through One word of warning or 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 Liar 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 thisascinating cathedral during our short stay in BarcelonaSome of my Noir favorite uotesThe past does not exist There is nothing to be sorryor 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 Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are 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 andor the common people Santa Maria de la Mar is without doubt one of the most beautiful churches to be Gaffer found anywhere It may lack the monumentality of others built at the same time or later but its interior isilled with the spirit with which Berenguer de Montagut sought to infuse it the people s church built by the people of Barcelona Circumstantial Evidence for Barcelona is like an airy Catalanarmhouse It is austere protected and protecting and the light of the Mediterranean sets it apart Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers from any other church in the world According to the experts the great virtue of Santa Maria is that it was built over an uninterrupted period ofifty ive years This means it benefits rom a unified architectural style with ew 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 loved The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett I thought that this was just a poor by Ken Follett I thought that this was just a poor of the epic novel Cathedral of the Sea is worth a read if you like historical iction 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 and beautiful inspiring uplifting and heartbreaking with a strong Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) feelor 14th century Catalonia at the height of the InuisitionArnau Estanyol is the son of a Summer Meditations fugitive serf who acuiresreedom wealth and a high status through the help of his Jewish benefactor Hasdai Crescas and the Moorish slave he is given to him Guillem after the rescues Hasdai s three young children and the slave God Said, Ha!: A Memoir from a mob which has attacked the Jewry in Barcelona in a bloodthirsty pogrom caused by a blood libel He achieves great military success against the attacking ships of the enemy king of Castille and is elevated to the nobility while beingorced marry the ward of the King Eleanor who he does not love as his heart belongs to the enchanting girl he ad. 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 uggiasco nella capitale catalana Arnau trova rifugio e uella sospirata lib. Opted after the death of her parents the attractive and lively MarArnau is betrayed by his adopted
Joan who has become cruel and narrow minded inuisitor who together with the evil Eleanor plan and execute the kidnap rape and orced marriage of Mar Arnau On the Right Side of a Dream fallsoul of the inuisition and the author gives a great insight into the machinations of the Spanish Inuisition and it s purge of Jews and Heretics Meanwhile two women who have been earlier in their lives orced into prostitution Arnau s mother unbeknown to him Francesca and Arnau s irst love the alluring and goodhearted A It is very important to know when you start this book that it is in act based on the Chronica of King Pedro III Although historical iction it closely Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq 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 andast moving plot You will learn about Barcelona 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 Michelin Green Guide Normandy 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 inact all aspects of life in Barcelona during the 1300s this book is a perfect example of how historical iction can teach in a delightful engrossing manner There is a author s note that clearly explains what is iction and what is act The events that have been altered are pointed out What is amazing is that what seems iction is Fact I Wish I I wish I read it in the middle of the novel rather than at the end So why only three stars I know that or me to say I like the book eels 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 act that all was so well planned that maybe the act that all was so well planned that were I Got a New Friend few bizarre elements that it simplyelt a bit boring I do not mean the plot was boring that was rolling along at The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War full speed continually Inact it Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your Life 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 know that the Inuisition began very early in Catalonia Dis you know that people were trading and profitingrom the buying and selling of different currencies in the 1300s Did you know that when two serfs were married the master had the right to sleep with the woman irst on the night of their marriage You will not regret reading this book Hefty historical novel set in ourteenth 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 novel this is very much woven around act and an actual building and events and is based on a contemporary chronicle It is well plotted but there is a certain predictability about it The topics you would expect to come across are there the inuisition the plague relationships with Jews and Moors the guild system money lending serfdom and slavery nobility daily life relationships between the sexes and so on It is a saga based on the main protagonist Arnau Estanyol his parents his adopted brother Joan and his subseuent life and relationships All the boxes are ticked and this makes or the predictability The novel is informative and as it is based on historical Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band fact I did learn a goo Great book couldn t put it down This is one of myavorite Spanish novels And my precious acuisitions as editor I ve heard about this book at that time just published in Spain The Meaning of Star Trek from his agent during Book Fair in Turin called Laguna s big boss duringirst cigarette break we agreed to give an offer And by the time. Ertà che a tutt'oggi incarna lo spirito di Barcellona all'epoca in pieno Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt fermento i vecchi istitutieudali 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 acile convivenza ra cristiani musulmani ed ebreiBrother Joan Who Has Become