Cathedral of the Sea, by Ildefonso Falcones, trans. Nick Caistor. Rich and racy homage to old Catalonia. Reviewed by Michael Eaude; Friday. Cathedral of the Sea is a historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones. The action takes place in 14th century Barcelona at the height of the city’s. Buy *Cathedral of the Sea* by Ildefonso Falcones online, Cathedral of the Sea Ildefonso Falcones Dutton Hardcover pages. May rated 4 1/2 of 5.

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Glad to hear that both you and your uncle enjoyed the novel, and I wish you both happy reading in the future. This book was a best-seller in my ilddfonso when it was launched and I think Cathecral not wrong in saying every single person has read it too and liked it.

There is a moment when writing becomes a job. When Arnau finds himself orphaned at the age of fourteen, he is willing to do whatever is necessary to support himself and his adopted brother, Joan.

Cathedral of the Sea

He lives in Barcelona… More about Ildefonso Falcones. I hope my fellow book-lovers feel that this is a welcoming and comfortable place where they can share their opinions, whatever those might be, without judgement. Views Read Edit View history.

Passionate in explaning 14th century Barcelona, [Falcones] draws convincing pictures of its architecture and culture, right down to the basics such as the sewage stream Whatever tragedy can befall Arnau does, yet he continues to struggle on all while looking to The Virgin, the only mother he believes he has, for answers and guidance.


I think it is mainly because he is a Catholic and this has so much Catholicism, it must’ve felt like another service. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Cathedral of the Sea: Ildefonso Falcones

But when he is betrayed and hauled before the Inquisitor, he finds himself face-to-face with Joanet. By that time I hadn’t read so much historical novels, perhaps only The pilars of the Earth a book I lovedso I suppose that both the genrte and the setting in Spain impressed me in a good way.

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Even in Ken Follett’s books, the good characters are soooo good and you know they will cqthedral a little during the story but they will success at the end, and the bad ones are so evil and they will end kldefonso, in prison, etc. Its humblest inhabitants are building, stone by stone, a magnificent church to overlook their harbour. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

As a young man, Arnau joins the powerful guild of stoneworkers and helps to build the church with his own hands, while his best friend and adopted brother Joanet studies to become a priest. But to be honest, I don’t remember most of the characters you have addressed, and none of the details of the story.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Enthusiasm is always needed, but not excessive passion. His faith is often tested, and while he questions why certain things have happened to him or others, he never wavers in his faith to the Virgin Mary. I forgot to say that I don’t think it’s because the translation: And I value your opinion in particular on such matters, so I’m glad to hear you had the same kind of reaction as I did.

As it was, I forced myself through to the end. The story is a tour de force and I didn’t get bored through the long story at all. Very interested to read your review cos I agree wholeheartedly! I think it’s valuable to have different opinions and I’m fully aware that many people may well like the things which I don’t enjoy so much. But The pillars, what a book! You are commenting using your WordPress. July 12, February 10, These are the feelings that people usually relate to and which must be developed to build a novel.


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However, there are only a few ways of expressing what you feel inside and I chose writing. I will just talk very loudly about how awesome Captain Alatriste is, and hope they’ll let me get away with it.

That’ll come as a shock to my friends and family. However, the depiction of life under a religious prevalence is not very encouraging, have to say.

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Cathedral of the Sea: Ildefonso Falcones – The Idle Woman

A masterful eipc of love, war, treason, plague, famine, witchcraft, anti-Semitism and the Inquisition. The novel, set in medieval Barcelona sold seven million copies in 40 countries and introduced him to the literature scene as one of the main Spanish authors of historical novels. I was in the right place at the right fathedral. If anyone else has read it, please do share your thoughts with me. Over the aflcones years this faith and loyalty to the church will give him an anchor in a life full of trials, not least among which is the growing antipathy of his Puig cousins, who are determined to do all they can to ildedonso this upstart son of a serf, but which also include war, the moral and financial challenges of business, the Inquisition and the Black Death.

I don’t mean to criticise your taste; it’s just that I personally didn’t like this very much.