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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892723645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892723645
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The characters are vivid, present, and timeless.
Paul Vitols
"Arundel" is highly recommended as good history, great fiction and a wonderful adventure story.
Kim Burdick
If you want a great read, I recommend this book even higher.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By R. H OAKLEY on October 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Kenneth Roberts was a successful historical novelist in the 1930s and 40s, but faded in popularity after his death to the point that it was difficult to find his books outside of libraries. In fact, he had many strengths as a writer. In particular, he took seriously his obligations to accurately portray the historical period about which he was writing. For example, in this book his account of life in the Continental Army consists of mostly of marching great distances with little food. I imagine the soldiers of the time would agree. Roberts is also interesting for turning to less popular subjects of the time; a major character here is Benedict Arnold, who appears quite favorably. Roberts also does a good job of showing how much squabbling went on among the Continental Congress, a welcome relief to the current portrayal of all leaders back then as giants who have never been equaled. You need not be deeply interested in the American Revolution to enjoy this book.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Ten years ago I discovered an old hardcover copy of BOON ISLAND in my fathers closet. After having read it I desired to read more of this authors work but was regretfully delayed due to my formal scholastic pursuits. Last month I was in a Kennebunkport bookstore and discovered a section abundant of KENNETH ROBERTS' work. I selected ARUNDEL, read it and can't wait to move to the next one. Being an historian I had but little defense and was drawn-in by Roberts' vivid imagery and very accurate historical timeline. Having just visited Arundel I could envision Phoebe sailing along the rugged Maine coast while Steven Nason and Cap Huff prepared to answer the call for troops. The journey up the Kennebec to Quebec was never without adventure; this is where Roberts' talent for his craft shines the most: where other authors would falter, allowing their story to slow, Robert's provides his characters with dynamics that are realistic and not hard to follow. This is a book not to put down for if you do you may not know if Stevie finds Mary Mallison, if revenge is achieved over Gurelac, or what Cap Huff may do next.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1999
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Kenneth Roberts is without doubt the finest historical novelist this country has ever produced. His work is the history of America in fictional settings, but it is authentic history, more accurate and reflective of the reality of this nation than most non-fiction works on the subject. Most of the people he writes about in Arundel really existed; and some were portraits of his Maine ancestors, whose stories he tells as exemplars of the people who founded this nation. In addition to being historically accurate to the most minute detail, his writing is poetic and moving. No one who has not read Roberts' work, most especially the "Chronicles of Arundel" (of which this book is one piece) can fully comprehend the American experience and how we came to be the nation we are. "Arundel" was his first novel, and after 65 years it still shines like a beacon to those who want the truth about the American Revolution, what it meant, and why it was fought. This is a book that changes lives. It will waken the dormant patriotism in the hearts of even the most cynical modernist. If you want to know why we are here and what America really stands for, read "Arundel," and then move on to his other work.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John M on May 1, 2000
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This was by far the best work of historical fiction I have ever read. The characters are fascinating, the language beautiful, and the plot masterul. This book has everything a history lover could want-- mystery, intrigue, adventure, love, war, and best of all- an interesting look at a major historical figure. In this book Benedict Arnold emerges as the hero he was before his treason at West Point. And in the bargain you get a great story. So, pour a cup of hot chocolate, grab a blanket, and enjoy this American treasure on a cold winter's night!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Grace on December 18, 2004
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Wow! This book was absolutely amazing! It was so good, that I had to put it down for a while, go and do something else while I let it digest. Wonderful stuff.

After a bumpy start -with a rather mushy love scene between the 10 year old Mary Mallinson and Steven Nason- the book really gets into gear - with a real bang. Literally. A rude Frenchman and his Indian cronies shoots Mary's dad, takes the daughter, and carries her away to Canada. Steven Nason and his father follow them, hoping to reclaim the young girl, but are turned back when the boy gets a tomahawk through his head. Fortunately - for both him and the plot - he survives... but vows not to give up on his search for Mary Mallinson - even when his father gets pushed into frigid water by a maniacal priest, dies of pneumonia, and his son is obliged to take over his responsibilities.

The characterization is amazing! There's Cap Huff, Benedict Arnold, Phoebe, John the Wishy-Washy, Marie du Sabrevois - even Steven Nason himself is a complex character. If there was one fault in the book, it was Roberts' obsession with explaining over and over the day-to-day going-ons of the Maine Native Americans. After a while, I found I didn't care too much how bear meat was cooked, how loud a medicine man could howl, and the various Indian geneologies.

Besides that minor flaw - I must admit, I *do* have a short attention span - the book was excellent! Read it, I promise you'll enjoy!
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