The Forest

The Forest

Book - 2000
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AS ENTERTAINING AS SARUM AND RUTHERFURD'S OTHER SWEEPING NOVEL OF BRITISH HISTORY, LONDON,
-The Boston Globe
Engaging . . . A sprawling tome that combines fact with fiction and covers 900 years in the history of New Forest, a 100,000-acre woodland in southern England . . . Rutherfurd sketches the histories of six fictional families, ranging from aristocrats to peasants, who have lived in the forest for generations. . . . But the real success is in how Rutherfurd paints his picture of the wooded enclave with images of treachery and violence, as well as magic and beauty.
-The New York Post
THE FOREST IS MICHENER TOLD WITH AN ENGLISH ACCENT.
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch
TALES OF LOVE AND HONOR, DECEIT AND VIOLENCE, INHERITANCE AND LOSS.
-San Jose Mercury News
Publisher: 2000.
ISBN: 0345447220
9780609603826
Branch Call Number: FIC Ruthe

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bstudent
Mar 19, 2016

only to lymington, that peaceful little farming community, nonetheless, much deceit and separation from the church of which has made a generous commitment [catholic and/or christian] and profitable on lands provided of course but made better just the same. much of these dealings omit the public and seem to concentrate on or within France not north/east or west within england.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Dec 16, 2015

If you enjoy the family saga type of historical fiction, this is your writer! This is one of his smaller books, around 500 pgs. His well researched, well thought out books are chock full of memorable historical moments as seen through the eyes of his protagonists.

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eileencartwright
Nov 04, 2013

did not finish

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KarenW
Oct 01, 2001

Spanning nine centuries, Rutherfurd has given us a window into the past. His depiciton of early English life is vivid and full of detail and at the same time it is a real page turner. Although several centuries may lapse between each chapter, the reader starts to recognize certain families and foes from the past chapter. Characters are engrosiing and historical events are truly part of the story and not intrusive plot devices. The true center of the tale is the New Forest, and how it grows into the preserve it is today from the King''s preserve it was in times past. The one thread throughout is a small wooden cross that is passed down through the generations. Whose hand it ends up in is a true master stroke by an author who knows his subject intimately. The fact that several of the characters were real adds to the draw of a tale finely told. Rutherfurd is more than just the English Michener, he is a master storyteller that is not afraid of letting the reader enjoy a really great story. It is compelling to the end.

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