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Opening with the assassination of King William II in 1099, the book covers nearly a millennium's worth of history. Rutherfurd creates generation after generation of adroitly realized characters, the best of whom defy our generic expectations: the canny Brother Adam, for example, is that rarest of literary creatures, a virtuous man who doesn't end up being simply bland and anodyne. Rutherfurd may be at his best when dealing with big-canvas events like the bloody Monmouth Rebellion of 1685. But he's no slouch at detailing more microcosmic conflicts, like this head-butting contest between two buck deer:
Her buck had hit firmer ground and his feet suddenly got a purchase on the grass. His hindquarters shivering, he dug in. She saw the shoulders rise and his neck bear down. And now the interloper was slipping on the wet leaves. Slowly, cautiously, their antlers locked, the two straining bucks began to turn. Now they were both on grass. Suddenly the interloper disengaged. He gave his head a twist. The jagged spike was aiming at the buck's eye.Bestial behavior? Perhaps. Yet the level of human folly and brutality scattered throughout The Forest makes the foregoing passage resemble an outtake from Bambi--and gives this sylvan saga a very memorable edge. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The characters are vividly drawn in their periods of time.
Edward Rutherfurd is considered one of the giants of fictionalized history that provides a story telling account centering on real events and people.
I enjoyed the characters even more than in the previous books, and there seemed to be more depth to the stories.
Excellent story, second time reading it, sorry to see it end...Published 3 days ago by Henry F Laman
I would recommend this novel for all readers who thirst for knowledge of the British Isles and especially those with an interest in the southern portions of the country. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ms. Carole L. Sustak
If this was UNABRIDGED I would consider buying it. I don't buy condensed books.Published 10 days ago by Mjski
The Forest is a companion novel to Sarum, and takes place during some of the same times and places....... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Buttchops
seemed formulaic and slow, predictable with little elegance, depth of characters, or even rich setting. I gave it a good try before giving up on it.Published 17 days ago by chris moore
Great perspective from which to view history. Excellent & unique presentation of history. Seemed to rush the last chapter; the ending was poorly done,Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
What can I say, another fantastic book by Edward Rutherfurd. History is my favourite type of reading but he writes in a way that a none history buff can learn lots and actually... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Adele Barber
Enjoyed the book. Edward Rutherfurd is one of my favourite authors. The depth of his research is fantastic.Published 23 days ago by Dee
Another wonderful story by Ruherford. I come from the New Forest and enjoyed the history woven through it immensely. A good readPublished 23 days ago by JC