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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Very interested to read your review cos I agree wholeheartedly!

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While similar, each book is wholly unique in its own right. This book took me five years of hard work. Ildfonso is now my genre, and I believe that when something ildefonsp there is no reason to change it. Falcones explains what writing means to him as well as the difficulties of the creative process. Nevertheless, I perfectly undestand why you didn’t like it and I think that if I read it now, I wouldn’t like it either. Well, first of all, an advert: Looking for More Great Reads?

Also by Ildefonso Falcones. The book is set in Barcelona and its main character is Arnau Estanyol, the son of a fugitive serf and one of the cathedral’s stone workers, [4] who obtains freedom and eventually achieves a high status in society. Now I have read several historical fiction novels by Spanish authors and I cathedrall find them very similar to each other.

I really enjoyed The Pillars of the Earth and its sequel, and I think I expected this to be as gripping as that; although I agree with your point that the characters in Pillars were either good cahhedral evil, and got their comeuppance in a non-entirely-realistic way it’s so much more interesting when they’re more complicated characters! Will he lose his life just as his beloved cathedral is finally completed, or will his brother spare him?


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Cathedral of the Sea: Ildefonso Falcones

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Historical Fiction Romance Category: This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat Now, on the 21st of February, he will publish his third book, which will be on sale simultaneously in Spain, Latin America and the United States. Otherwise, you have to imagine much more in order to fit each event in the historic and real calendar. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A spell-binding drama set against the sprawling canvas of cathevral medieval czthedral – a bestselling historical masterpiece. So well, if you want any recommendation of a Spanish author that I’m sure you will like it, just tell me!! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I don’t mean to criticise your taste; it’s just that I personally didn’t like this very much.

The story is a tour de force and Falconss didn’t get bored cathedrla the long story at all. Will he lose his life just as his beloved Cathedral of the Sea is finally completed, or will his brother save him? Buy the Audiobook Download: That gave me a flash of what the book might have been. I was in the right place valcones the right time. Phew; I was beginning to think it was just me! Despite your comments, I’m afraid that I’m going to have to stick with my original position: In fact, I am willing to go further in this instance and to say that this is a very disappointing book.


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. When the two reunite, Joan is no longer the young boy Arnau remembers, and when the deadly Inquisition focuses its attention on Arnau, he finds himself betrayed by the one person he thought he could always trust.

Views Read Edit View history. Like The Visit of the Royal Physicianhowever, it left me cold. I remember tne like a light reading in terms of language, so yes, it’s quite simple. Regardless of the endemic misogyny of the 14th century, Falcones gives no indication that his women are living, thinking, independent human beings who simply have the misfortune to live in an unenlightened age.

The treatment of the lf characters was particularly infuriating. La catedral del mar is a historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones.

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I’ve just read this book, recommended to me by my uncle off loved it. But yes, I found the book enjoyable but at that time I hadn’t read so many books like that. This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub.

Retrieved 29 October I do think it’s great, however, that rhe fiction is being written about this period in Spain. That is what I like to find in a novel: