Cathedral of the Sea, by Ildefonso Falcones, trans. Nick Caistor. Rich and racy homage to old Catalonia. Reviewed by Michael Eaude; Friday. Cathedral of the Sea is a historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones. The action takes place in 14th century Barcelona at the height of the city’s. Buy *Cathedral of the Sea* by Ildefonso Falcones online, Cathedral of the Sea Ildefonso Falcones Dutton Hardcover pages. May rated 4 1/2 of 5.

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While Arnau and Joan go down separate paths, the story remains centered on Arnau and his life of love, pain, passion and revenge.

As a young man, Arnau joins the powerful guild of stoneworkers and helps to build the church with his own hands, while his best friend and adopted brother Joanet studies to become a priest. An unforgettable fresco of a golden age in fourteenth-century Barcelona, Cathedral of the Sea is a thrilling historical novel of friendship and revenge, plague and hope, love and war.

Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. In fact, I am willing to go further in this instance and to say that this is a very disappointing book.

He lives in Barcelona‚Ķ More about Ildefonso Falcones. I do think it’s great, however, that historical fiction is being written about this period in Spain. And I would just like to make a blanket apology to any other Spanish readers: You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Fate brings him into the guild of the bastaixospowerful laborers on whom the city depends to unload and load their ships, who in their free time carry heavy stones for the construction of the Santa Maria del Mar cathedral. Isi is reading this, indeed!

Please try again later. His newfound status excites jealousy from his friends who plot his downfall with devastating consequences.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here But, if you just ildefoonso to read a book about the building of a church and the frictions of a medieval community, please, do yourself a cathrdral and buy The Pillars of the Earth instead. But he is also forced to sda Eleonor, a ward of the King whom he does not love.

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If the entire novel is fiction, you can do whatever you want. With over seven million copies sold, his work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. It is something that has been developing over the years, like everything in life. It was shocking what happens to the women but I think criticism of that from this blogger is perhaps encouraged by her inability to throw off her 21st century, post-feminist derision of men and all they might have been capable of in past days.

Cathedral of the Sea: Ildefonso Falcones

May Learn how and when to remove this template message. We are experiencing technical difficulties. It was just a crying shame that a novel with so much potential turned ildetonso to be so underwhelming.

However, the depiction of life under a religious prevalence is not very encouraging, have to say. Apr 07, Pages. Over the coming years this faith and loyalty to the church will give him an anchor in a life full of trials, not least among which is the growing antipathy of his Puig cousins, who are determined to do all they can to undermine this upstart son of a serf, but which also include war, the moral and financial challenges of business, the Inquisition and the Black Death.

Yes, I have some of them in the drawer. I think it’s valuable to have different opinions and I’m fully aware that many people may well like the things which I don’t enjoy cthedral much. Love Cathedral of the Sea? His faith is often tested, and while he questions why certain things have happened to him or others, he never wavers in his faith to the Virgin Mary.

That is what I like to find in a novel: In Cathderal released a high-budget drama series, Cathedral of the Sea based on the book. When the two reunite, Joan is no longer the young boy Arnau remembers, and when the deadly Inquisition focuses its attention on Arnau, he finds himself betrayed by the one person he thought he could always trust. A spell-binding drama set against the sprawling canvas of the medieval age – a bestselling historical masterpiece.

War, threat of starvation, plague and the Inquisition are all keys plot points in the ths. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Regardless of the endemic misogyny of the 14th century, Falcones gives no indication that his women are living, thinking, independent human beings who simply have the misfortune to live in an unenlightened age. Please, please, do recommend some other books. Apr 07, Pages Buy. Retrieved 14 May This book took me five years of hard work.


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However, there are only a few ways of expressing what you feel inside and I chose writing. Stay in Touch Sign up. When Arnau finds himself orphaned at the age of fourteen, he is willing to do whatever is necessary to aflcones himself and his adopted brother, Joan.

And I value your opinion in particular on such matters, so I’m glad to hear you had the same kind of reaction as I did. By that time I hadn’t read so much historical novels, perhaps only The pilars of the Earth a book I lovedso I suppose that both the genrte and the setting in Spain impressed me in a good way.

Thank you, ‘the Mond’, for offering another take on the book. May 01, Minutes Young Adult Buy. There is a moment when writing becomes a job.

My knowledge of medieval Spain, beyond the legend of the Cid, is very poor and it’s great to have even a little more information. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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Arnau is entirely devoted to the church and its Virgin from a young age, when he naively adopts the Virgin Mary as a substitute mother for the one he has lost. They are all, almost literally, angels or whores. Whatever tragedy can befall Arnau does, yet he continues to struggle on all while looking to The Virgin, the only mother he believes he has, for answers and guidance.

Historical Fiction Romance Category: That’ll come as a shock to my friends and family.