The Novel of England

Rutherfurd, Edward

Book - 1987
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A masterpiece that is breathtaking in its scope, SARUM is an epic novel that traces the entire turbulent course of English history. This rich tapesty weaves a compelling saga of five families who preserve their own particular characteristics over the centuries, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the future. "From the Paperback edition."

Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, 1987
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 051756338X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rut
Characteristics: viii, 897 pages, 5 unnumbered pages of plates : genealogical table, maps ; 25 cm


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List - CRRL Book Match: Hood by: CRRL_JohnGaines Mar 28, 2013

This sprawling novel follows the fortunes and losses of five families from the Stone Age through the present time. Each of the families can be identified through genetic characteristics handed down through the ages, not simply physical characteristics, but attitudes and morals, too. There is plen... Read More »

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Mar 30, 2014
  • zipread rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sarum --- by Edward Rutherfurd. This time, Rutherfurd just doesn’t seem to hit it out of the ballpark. I’ve read London, I’ve read Paris. I found both quite absorbing: London covered a time period at least as extensive as Sarum; Paris, while not as ambitious on the time scale, is a little more challenging: it doesn’t deal with time in a linear fashion --- it jumps around in time. Both books are big --- the size of bricks. Both are intimidating, or promising, as the case may be, as a result of their size. Sarum, on the other hand has left me challenged. I sometimes found myself continuing to read Sarum because, after all, this was Rutherfurd and my experience with him has shown that he delivers the goods. But after ploughing (and the soil was heavy clay) my way through a third of the almost nine hundred page long book (small print --- not much white space) I just had to admit this wasn’t worth the effort: this seemed more like work than entertainment. I’ll give Rutherfurd one more try later but not now.

Dec 12, 2012
  • InvernessS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love the writing of Rutherfurd, having read all his work, a few books twice. Sarum - twice! He's true to research & wonderful a telling a tale. Too bad nearly all his books are tiny print.

Jan 17, 2012

This book takes you on a magical journey through time. Rutherfurd's novels are so well researched, it's like a fascinating history class! If you like Sarum, you'll love London as well.


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