The Forest

The Forest

by Edward Rutherfurd
4.5 49

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The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd

–The Boston Globe

“Engaging . . . A sprawling tome that combines fact with fiction and covers 900 years in the history of New Forest, a 100,000-acre woodland in southern England . . . Rutherfurd sketches the histories of six fictional families, ranging from aristocrats to peasants, who have lived in the forest for generations. . . . But the real success is in how Rutherfurd paints his picture of the wooded enclave with images of treachery and violence, as well as magic and beauty.”
–The New York Post

–St. Louis Post-Dispatch

–San Jose Mercury News

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780609603826
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/25/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 598
Product dimensions: 6.61(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.88(d)

About the Author

Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, England, and educated at Cambridge University. His first novel, Sarum, was an instant international bestseller. His subsequent novels–Russka and London–were also highly acclaimed bestsellers here and abroad.

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The Forest 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fantastic novel - touching, heart-warming, heart-breaking. I never wanted to put it down and was genuinely sorry the story was over. Rutherford's descriptions of southern England's New Forest are breath-taking and put the reader right in the midst of the dewy heaths...a crowning acheivement for the author.
twinkacat More than 1 year ago
The author brings the forest alive and shows how it interacts with man through-out the centuries. The forest itself supports and preserves life even as man strives to manipulate the resource. A beautiful awesome tale that weaves a wonderful story. I believe that The Forest is the best book written by Mr. Rutherfurd.
Sue_in_Wisconsin More than 1 year ago
Once again, Rutherfurd has skillfully blended history with fiction in this companion book to "Sarum". For fans of Rutherfurd, add this one to your collection. Sue in Wisconsin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that you don't expect to be as good as it is and as hard to forget. For me, this falls in the same category as Follett's "Pillars of the Earth". I just know that it's one that I want to keep and read again, and again...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Forest is just another example of the rich history that Britain has to offer. Rutherfurd makes you feel as if you are actually an inhabitant and participant of the New Forest. I loved this book just as much as Sarum and London, which were both fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent novel! Lots of characters presented but I never lost track of a one. On a par with Rutherford's 'London'. Great!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The New Forest has played a central role in the history of England starting with William using it as a hunting ¿spa¿. It is in the New Forest where William¿s son Rufus is killed under strange circumstances. Throughout the remainder of the millennium, this area has been on center stage almost as much as London has. Even in the present, the locale serves as an example of the modern day debate between development with easy access vs. environmental protection by pushing to name it a national park. In between much happens to members of the English Who¿s Who to include Austen, Drake, and Nelson, etc.

Edward Rutherfurd is considered one of the giants of fictionalized history that provides a story telling account centering on real events and people. His latest work THE FOREST will show his talent to educate his audience with a well-written account that spans a thousand years of English history. Though some sections will overwhelm the reader with its vast historical tidbits, sub-genre fans will enjoy this book as much as Mr. Rutherfurd¿s previous works, LONDON and SARUM.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
I initially listened to the abridged audio version in which Lynne Redgrave was absolutely incredible. I was so facinated by the heirloom which travels through the ages and the genology of the families that I now really must read the book.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Walks in "wolfs hunt in a pack and if a pack is three then so be it"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Rutherford's books except Paris, which I have but have not yet started. I may reread the two books on Ireland first. And when will he be coming out with more. I love the way he weaves so much real history and background together with a spellbinding novel. I also love the way he baits hooks with little tidbits along the way that you want answered and have to wait a very long time to have resolved. MORE, Please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She dashed into the clearing, gasping for breath. She sat down, and when she had caught her breath, she made a nest of moss and feathers that she found on the ground. She pushed the makeshift nest under a rocky overhang, laid down in it, and fell asleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vividly written with characters I will long remember.
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I couldn't finish this book. I have liked all the others he has written but not this one.
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She sniffs the area before padding in.
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Water padded in and sat beside her. "It's a nice night," he meowed.
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