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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.
I am a fan of Edward Rutherford and read every novel he has written and this is the second time I have read The Forest. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jim Blake
I will read anything Edward Rutherfurd writes. So good. A mix of history and fiction.Published 18 days ago by Elizabeth L. Shoptaw
This the third Rutherford book I've read and in each I've learned so much. While I had trouble keeping track of the different families, I very much enjoyed the thru-line of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This author’s forte is historical fiction located in a particular place spanning multiple centuries. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MS
This is a wonderful historical/fiction story of real life in early England up to the early twentieth century. Read morePublished 3 months 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 3 months ago by Linda G.