The Lost Book of the Grail, Or, A Visitor's Guide to Barchester Cathedral

The Lost Book of the Grail, Or, A Visitor's Guide to Barchester Cathedral

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"A novel about an obsessive bibliophile's quest through time to discover a missing manuscript, the unknown history of an English Cathedral, and the secret of the Holy Grail. Arthur Prescott is happiest when surrounded by the ancient books and manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library. Increasingly, he feels like a fish out of water among the concrete buildings of the University of Barchester, where he works as an English professor. His one respite is his time spent nestled in the library, nurturing his secret obsession with the Holy Grail and researching his perennially unfinished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. But when a beautiful young American named Bethany Davis arrives in Barchester charged with the task of digitizing the library's manuscripts, Arthur's tranquility is broken. Appalled by the threat modern technology poses to the library he loves, he sets out to thwart Bethany, only to find in her a kindred spirit with a similar love for knowledge and books--and a fellow Grail fanatic. Bethany soon joins Arthur in a quest to find the lost Book of Ewolda, the ancient manuscript telling the story of the cathedral's founder. And when the future of the cathedral itself is threatened, Arthur and Bethany's search takes on grave importance, leading the pair to discover secrets about the cathedral, about the Grail, and about themselves."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2017.
ISBN: 9780399562518
Branch Call Number: FIC Lovet
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 24 cm.


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STPL_JessH Sep 13, 2019

I absolutely loved this sweet book about a curmudgeony fellow. I loved the characters, and the way they change and grow throughout the novel. I love the mystery and the quest. I was completely thrilled to suspend my disbelief and just go along for the journey. I loved that the story centres around a female saint and engages the history of the church and indeed faith through the eyes of a believer and almost believer.

Nov 30, 2018

I absolutely loved this book. I have always enjoyed History and this book is partially a walk through historical time. Then you throw in a Good Old Fashioned English Quest involving The Grail and I am unavoidably like a cat toward buttercream.

Dec 28, 2017

On my Top Ten of 2017 list! This book fuses many of the things I love best: books, history, fussy British men, codes--and more. Lovett writes with a light, pleasing touch. The setting and much of the plot are tributes to other stories; the last third of this novel, especially, was gripping. Highly recommended.

SPL_Robyn Dec 28, 2017

A must read for fans of English history and in particular, Grail lore - pure fictional fun.

Nov 01, 2017

I really liked this book. The plot made me not want to put it down, and the history involved and the bibliophilia of many of the books characters resonated with me. If you like People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks or The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, then you'll love this one.

Jun 30, 2017

This is a pretty good book, one of those hero searches for something hes heard about since childhood. To be fair, I am reading this in june. This is a book that would be better read in autumn, when it is too cold to go outside, and your fireplace is going. It is the first time i've read the author. I would read another book by him. 3 stars.

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