Tag: Author: Edward Rutherfurd


Review: Russka

Posted 4 January, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Russka
By: Edward Rutherfurd
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my purchase

Spanning 1800 years of Russia’s history, people, poltics, and culture, Edward Rurtherford, author of the phenomenally successful SARUM: THE NOVEL OF ENGLAND, tells a grand saga that is as multifaceted as Russia itself. Here is a story of a great civilization made human, played out through the lives of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of their land.

This was my first Edward Rutherfurd novel. I read it back in 2008, when I was finishing up my undergraduate programme and was eyeballs-deep studying Russian history 😛 I was impressed by it but I never wrote a proper review of the book here on the blog. Ever since reading some of his other books (see author tag), I had been meaning to revisit this book.

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Review: London

Posted 15 June, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

London: the Novel
By: Edward Rutherfurd
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my copy

In the tradition of his phenomenal bestseller Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd now gives us a sweeping novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning two thousand years. He brings this vibrant city’s long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the twentieth century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the world. . . .

I was prompted to read this novel after having recently read his last book, Paris: the Novel (review), and absolutely loving it. I had also enjoyed reading his other novel, Russka, a few years ago so I knew what to expect when it comes to his city-centric novels. I had read this novel while taking the metro to and from class, which was great since the mass paperback spanned at about 1100+ pages (good times).

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Review: Paris

Posted 18 April, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Paris: The Novel
By: Edward Rutherfurd
Format/Source: e-galley courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

This breathtaking multigenerational saga takes readers on a journey through thousands of years of glorious Parisian history–from its founding under the Romans to the timeless love story of Abelard and Heloise against the backdrop of the building of Notre Dame; to the martyrdom of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War; to the dangerous manipulations of Cardinal Richelieu and the bloody religious conflicts between Catholics and Protestants; to the gilded glories of Versailles; to the horrors of the French Revolution and the conquests of Napoleon; to the beauty and optimism of the belle epoque when Impressionism swept the world; to the hotbed of cultural activity of the 1920s and ’30s that included Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, and the writers of the Lost Generation; to the Nazi occupation and the incredible efforts of the French Resistance.

Edward Rutherfurd is amazing. I love how he’s able to write so many vivid stories over the course of how many centuries, all set in a particular city or country. Granted, I’ve only read one of his books so far, Russka, but the acclaim for his work is well-founded. I was excited that Paris was his latest location to set his novel because that city is just rich in history. I was fortunate to be approved of a galley to this novel via NetGalley.

This book is part of the Books on France Reading Challenge 2013 that I am participating in.

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