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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In carrying the stones for the church and the Virgin Mary, Arnau knows he is assisting a cause greater than himself, as well as aiding Joan and his dream lf becoming a man of the cloth. The action takes place in 14th century Barcelona at the height of the city’s trade and military power in the Mediterranean, during the construction of Santa Maria del Mar serving as background to the story.

It was shocking what happens to the women but I think criticism of that from this blogger is perhaps encouraged by her inability to throw off her 21st century, post-feminist derision of men and all they might have been capable of in past days.

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For example, I didn’t like A world without end as good as The pillars, because both are very similar. The treatment of the female characters was particularly infuriating. 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 Regardless of the endemic misogyny of the 14th century, Falcones gives no indication that his women cathwdral living, thinking, independent human beings who simply have the misfortune to live in an unenlightened age.

Notify me of new comments via email. He lives in Barcelona… More about Ildefonso Falcones. The details of the book are astounding.

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I will just talk very loudly about how awesome Captain Alatriste is, and hope they’ll let me get away with it. I was in the right place at the right time. This site uses cookies By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.


Yes, Ildwfonso have some of them in the drawer.

Cathedral of the Sea: Ildefonso Falcones

A masterful eipc of love, war, treason, plague, famine, witchcraft, anti-Semitism and the Inquisition. This article needs additional citations for verification. 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.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. I thought the story was superb and whilst I can identify with comments about the simple writing style, I think that that added to the charm of the story, counter-balancing tales of rape, cruelty, poverty, death and inequality that are so endemic.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Have read some of the Spanish text too and the translation is a pretty faithful reflection of the original style. For all his youthful charm, Joanet turns into a sanctimonious monster.

Book review: Ildefonso Falcones’ *Cathedral of the Sea*

Over the coming years this faith and loyalty cathedrql 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 undermine this upstart son of a serf, but which also include war, the moral and financial challenges of business, the Inquisition and the Black Death.

War, threat of starvation, plague and the Inquisition are all keys cathedra, points in the novel. 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 kf with your point that the characters in Pillars were either good or evil, and got their comeuppance in a non-entirely-realistic way it’s so much more interesting when they’re more complicated characters!

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. However, the depiction of life under a religious prevalence is not very encouraging, have to say.


I don’t imagine Doubleday will publish his third novel. That gave me a flash of what the book might have dathedral. Click to print Opens in new window Click to email this to a cathexral Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! I’m amused by the notion that I have a ’21st century, post-feminist derision of men’. In fact, I am willing to go further in this instance and to say that this is a very disappointing book. I was keen to read the book because it was set in my favourite period and in one of my favourite cities I lived in Barcelona for 6 months but found it utterly dull and lifeless. This is now my genre, and I believe that when something works there is no reason to change it.

La catedral del mar is a historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones. What are you looking for? While similar, each book is wholly unique in its own right.

May 01, Minutes Young Adult Buy. Retrieved 14 Cathedrall Love Cathedral of the Sea?

It is something that has been developing over the years, like everything in life. But to be honest, I don’t remember most of the characters you have addressed, and none of the details of the story. Retrieved from ” https: If faalcones else has read it, please do share your thoughts with me. About Cathedral of the Sea An unforgettable fresco of a golden age in fourteenth-century Barcelona, Cathedral of the Sea is a thrilling historical novel of friendship and revenge, plague and hope, love and war.

If the entire novel is fiction, you can do whatever you want. Historical Fiction Romance Category: