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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The stories are very well imagined and well written.
Had a very hard time getting through this book, It seemed as though so much of it was detailed about the forest and not the characters.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Rutherfurd's work or is interested in a historical fiction/saga-like epic.
This author’s forte is historical fiction located in a particular place spanning multiple centuries. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Murray
This is a wonderful historical/fiction story of real life in early England up to the early twentieth century. Read morePublished 13 days ago by jazzmojan
I enjoyed the historical information revealed here. The author did a good job of relating past history, although it sometimes was a little confussing separating the families and... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Linda G.
Wonderful book! Absolutely loved it; tons of interesting facts and history and very thoughtfully written. Edward Rutherfurd is a very skilled writer - I highly recommend this book.Published 1 month ago by Sheri
The author, as usual, spins a great story through multi generations. However, in this book, the action tended to bog down (no reference to the bogs in the Forest... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jackie