- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (January 31, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781478747314
- ISBN-13: 978-1478747314
- ASIN: 1478747315
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,843,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Almost a Millennium Paperback – January 31, 2015
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An English monk. An American physician. An unlikely connection. A story that defies the logic of time and space, Almost a Millennium brings together two unlikely people in a new historical fiction that challenges readers' imaginations.
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As the years pass through seasons of abundance and famine, the one constant in the lives of the ordinary people is early and untimely death. Only the prayers and counsel of the good men of the church offer any comfort. But, as political and apostolic policies are brought under purview of the Pope, villages and monasteries are thrown into violent upheaval. When Paul's parents are killed by Norman soldiers outside the Glastonbury Abbey where he has been studying, the young man is cut adrift. Has God abandoned him?
His spiritual search mirrors that of a physician living in the modern world. Fred has a loving wife, good friends and a satisfying career but feels an emptiness; his avowed atheism fails to sustain him. When he finds an encrypted passage in an illuminated manuscript he becomes obsessed with uncovering this message from the medieval past. Paul's words will reasonate despite a millennium's passage.
If you revel in historical fiction with lengthy, descriptive passages you will enjoy this account of the short, difficult lives of the peasant class and the monks and hermits who ministered to them in rural Somerset. Also check out the extensive bibliography.
I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in return for a review.
The characters are developed and complex to a certain extent. The presence of two antagonistic characters with differing viewpoints gives the reader two different perspectives about the story. The writing is good and the story progresses at a moderate pace which is perfect for this kind of a novel.
Overall, this makes for a great read for lovers of history. I'd definitely recommend it!
I think it would have been so much better if there was more story and a little less history. You can give necessary information and details and have a good story at the same time. I feel like this book lacked this. The story aspect was good though so I will give it that.
I guess if a reader was wanting to read more history in a textbook sense then this would be a great book for some, but I personally did not like the way, it was written....Stormi
The story is about Fred a doctor in the 20th century who is desperately searching for answers to faith and his relationship with God. In this creatively interwoven story, Fred finds his answers in the secret writings of Paul, a monk in Lanthany, whose writings date back to the 1100's. Artistically the author leaves the reader in abeyance...reflecting on what Fred will do next. A great book for reflection and discussion!
"Almost a Millennnium" is filled with English history and details of the crusades that are not often heard. It's intensity ranges from a gripping rape scene only a doctor could describe to the tranquil description of the deep vale of Ewyas. It is two great adventure stories in one book; one of a monk and one of a doctor, living 1000 years apart. The real mastery of this work is how the author interweaves the stories of Paul and Fred both of whom are in conflict with their faith.
Certainly a book you will read cover-to-cover. certainly a book you will discuss with your friends. I highly recommended.