Sarum by Rutherford

Sarum: The Novel of England by [Rutherfurd, Edward]$1.99 today.  I bought, but have not as yet, read this.  Edward Rutherford is an author who can most easily be described as a British James Michener.  He writes long, detailed historical novels that follow families and places over many centuries.  This one takes place on the Salisbury Plain, home of Stonehenge.  At 1,059 pages, it is a commitment but I have been informed that it is worth the time.

From 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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