I would like to say that my understanding of the evolution of western politics was greatly enhanced by Sarum, which provided the history of England where changs to the western world were, in my opinion most evident.
When i read Russka I acquired my understanding of the difference between western politics and religions and pro-isolationist eastern politics and religions.
>>By Marek Devie (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:37)
I once had to read Sarum as a school assignment in honars studies. I have to be honest and say that the book was boring and slow moving. It took a long time to say almost nothing . I guess there is just no way to make history exciting.
>>By Meg (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:37)
I'm almost done with Russka and I'm fascinated by it. I think Rutherfurd does a good job in bringing history and people together. He makes history fun I think.
>>By Ryan (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:37)
I've also read Sarum for a project in an honors class and felt that most of it was extremely boring. Some of the more eventful stories such as the Death and building of Stonehenge were more exciting, but other than that, the "filler" stories were just about boring lives. The families weren't quite as romantically connected as I would have hoped. Characteristics are passed from generation to generation, but other than that, they didn't affect one another enough to make the story interesting.
>>By Davin (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:37)
I'm reading Sarum now and I am enthralled. It is fascinating to see how the descisions of individuals can affect future generations. As an American, I am also interested in gaining some history of England. I will read more of Mr. Rutherfurd's books.
Readers of Rutherfurd's works may also be interested in a novel by Ken Follett called "The Pillars of the Earth." It is all about the building of a cathedral that spans several generations.
>>By Craig (Tuesday, 1 Apr 2003 19:07)
I just picked this book off the shelf and started reading it, and it was amazing. The stories were captivating and exciting, and how anyone can find it boring amazes me. Reading it for school might be different though, than reading it for pleasure. All I can say is that I loved it from beginning to end
>>By Tara (Thursday, 19 Jun 2003 00:45)
I picked up Sarum at a second hand book shop and agree with Tara. It's amazing. The history of the families and the challenges they face are worthy lessons. I am Native American, (Ojibwe), and really appreciate the honor that the author pays to the continuity of the physical place. The lives that unfold are far from perfect, but the story stays with the land.
>>By Kaye (Tuesday, 24 Jun 2003 07:02)
I've read The Forest and London and both were magnificent.Now I'm reading Sarum and so far it's great.
>>By Marsha (Thursday, 26 Jun 2003 18:47)
He's a wonderful writer; he can describe hystory amazinlgly well. Awaiting for his new book Dublin to come out soon!!!!
>>By Elena (Saturday, 26 Jul 2003 05:57)
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