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A Morbid Taste for Bones

Peters, Ellis

(Book - 1977)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Morbid Taste for Bones
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Publisher: New York William Morrow & Co., 1977
ISBN: 0688033741
Branch Call Number: FICTION Pet
Characteristics: 191 p. 22 cm

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Jul 26, 2014
  • delfon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well done within only 73 pages. The first in the Cadfael series, but shows what an author can develop from and to. An excellent quick read.

This story ,being the first in the chronicles,must be approached in the knowledge that brother Cadfael had just begun his fictional life.His character develops with each respective story,as do all the characters who repeatedly survive from chronicle to chronicle.The more one gets to know Cadfael with each successive story, the more endearing or distasteful he becomes.Some may find him to be thoroughly unacceptable for his order,others, that he is too sanguine.
Regardless of how one embraces Cadfael,Ms.Pargeter was an accurate historian and researcher so any history lover will find the chronicles an absorbing journey.She was also a devoted linguist so old fashioned in her language which will require a good dictionary be kept nearby and the interest there to use it.These are remarkable stories if one is prepared to persevere with them.

Nov 09, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Having seen a number of good recommendations for this novel, I looked forward to reading it, but alas I couldn't get into the story. I say this regretfully since I don't easily give up on books. It doesn't help that the narrative takes its time to get going, with this Brother talking to that Prior using a stilted, high language. Even the words themselves feel slow.

Not necessarily a bad book, just not for me.

Jul 11, 2011
  • MOM_MY11206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I labored a bit to get through this short book. Brother Cadfael is clever, and mildly irreverent. The book succeeded in surprising me with the end, but other aspects of the story, specifically, the characters were not as engaging.

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