Sarum: The Novel of England

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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. This rich tapesty weaves a compelling saga of five families who preserve their own particular characteristics over the centuries, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the future.
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Overview

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 compelling saga of five families who preserve their own particular characteristics over the centuries, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the future.
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Library Journal
A first novel, Rutherfurd's sweeping saga of the area surrounding Stonehenge and Salisbury, England, covers 10,000 years and includes many generations of five families. Each family has one or more characteristic types who appear in successive centuries: the round-headed balding man who is good with his hands; the blue-eyed blonde woman who insists on having her independence; the dark, narrow-faced fisher of river waters and secrets. Their fortunes rise and fall both economically and politically, but the land triumphs over the passage of time and the ravages of humans. Rutherfurd has told the story of the land he was born in and has told it well. The verbosity of a Michener is missing, but all the other elements are present, from geology and archaeology to a rich story of human life. Highly recommended. BOMC alternate. Andrea Lee Shuey, Dallas P.L.
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YA This sprawling novel follows the fortunes and losses of five families from the Stone Age through the present time. Each of the families can be identified through genetic characteristics handed down through the agesnot simply physical characteristics, but attitudes and morals, too. There is plenty of action to keep readers motivated to finish the book. Rutherford has a style and energy all his own that should appeal to young readers of historical fiction. This book will be a hit with young adults who have the time and attention for longer works. Mary A. Williams, Harris County Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433254710
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 3
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A 'Readers' reader! An absolute 'must' buy, for serious afficionados of great satisfying historical novels.

    This story of several key families played out through several generations, is intertwined with real history,geography and facinating drama.Incredible, masterful writing from an intelligent and knowlegable research Author who has great vision.A veritable literary 'feast'.I identified with every character, saw every scene, smelled every odor,and experienced every emotion.
    A large volume that always turns out to be not large enough! As a British person I now know more about my Nation than before.I have read everything that Edward Rutherfurd has written to date. Informative, entertaining and satisfying.. a perfect combination in a book. SARUM has a proud place in my permanent library....

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Finally!!!!

    Its about time this became an ebook! This book is fabulous!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    LOVED this book

    This book is one of the best historical fiction books I have read. It is well written, engrossing and informative. I loved how the characters were well-developed and set among the backdrop of an ever-changing town. A definite must read if you love historical fiction!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2010

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    A historical must read booK!

    Rutherford does it again! His fictional tales that weave their way through English history are captivating! I love all of his books and can't wait to read them all. If you love history and stories full of emotion and intrique you will love Sarum!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2005

    Wonderful book!

    Sarum is meticulously researched and the author has portrayed it in a way that it complements the story (not an easy thing to do). He's also a brillant author, being able to create novellas (essentially) that each have their own plots and cast of characters, while still having an overall theme.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2009

    A True Classic

    I loved this book and you will too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Get you hooked.

    Sarum had me hooked from the beginning. Now I have the whole collection to read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    MICHENER-LIKE

    This was recomended by my neighbor Kevin. Excellent read, good story lines with depth, Rutherford bring his characters to life, in novel ways.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    Great for history lovers

    I enjoyed the historical and cultural details incorporated into this novel, and the indirect continuity perfectly portrays the reality of human societal progression. If you are historically and archaeologically inclined you will certainly love this novel, however it is not for those who are looking for an alternative to their next Star Trek novel. Piper

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    Very Good

    enjoyed it very much

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2003

    Unnecessarily Descriptive

    I bought this book (and "London"), because Rutherfurd's writing was compared to Michener's. I like early Michener, but Sarum was like "Poland," too long and extremely boring. If Rutherfurd needed to describe how to use a pencil eraser, he'd probably need 10 pages to do it. If only he'd stuck with the human stories instead of telling the reader, in great detail, how to build a cathedral.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    A Must Read

    This book was a joy to read. It not only explains the core of england's life as we know today but it takes you through the ages. It is really exciting, I couldn't put the book down. I must say that London is another fabulous book by the same author. If you haven't read them be sure to get a copy of both as I know you will really enjoy. Delightful in its depth of research.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2000

    A great read

    This novel is one of the major historic works of the past fifty years. Although Rutherford's method may not be unique he has mastered the technique we are more familar with from James A Michener. This is a first novel and traces the history of Salisbury in Wiltshire, England. Starting with the people who were driven south during the ice age and continueing through via Celtic, Roman, Saxon and Norman to modern day. The story is woven around a handful of families.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    Stonehenge Revisited

    First book in a long time I had trouble putting down. Given to me by friends right after we had toured Stonehenge and I had raved about the visit. I intend on reading all of Rutherfords works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Highly Recommended -if you're into history, social development

    Very good read if you are into historical fiction. Only issues I have with the e-book is that the family tree(s) are hard to enlarge and review properly. Also, I find that on occasion, the author tends to delve into minutiae that is not particularly relevant or interesting. But overall, I would recommend to any person into history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    I enjoy historical fiction, and have English ancestry.  This boo

    I enjoy historical fiction, and have English ancestry.  This book is so enjoyable.  A long book to savor.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    excellent storytelling

    rutherfurd weaves a great storyline of five families as they interract with each other throughout the rich history of england. a wonderful narrative.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Painless "History"

    This was my second reading (and purchase) of "Sarum". The writer's technique is to tell the history as a story about how a family or group of people is living through the various events in a given place. In this case it is Sarum, or Salisbury Plain, which is the locale. There is a similar book called "London" and another called "The Forest" which have different takes on English history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    I wanted to like it but had to stop.

    Just seem really mundane are just didn't hold my interest. I stop around page 560 because it just wasn't going anywhere. some parts were interesting but a lot wasn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    The first Edward Rutherfurd novel I read and to date my all-time

    The first Edward Rutherfurd novel I read and to date my all-time favorite. I love the way he starts at the beginning and goes through history with his characters holding on to their family traits. One family had extremely long toes and it lasted for around 800 or more years. All his books hold my attention and some I just can't put down. London and The Forest were two others like that. Can't wait for Paris to come out.

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