- The Rebels of Ireland: The Dublin Saga (Paperback)
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The Rebels of Ireland: The Dublin Saga (Paperback)
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Product Highlights About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. From the internationally bestselling author of "London" and "Sarum"comes a magnificent epic about love and war, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of 17 centuries.
Publishers Weekly,Distinctly evocative of James Michener's all-encompassing recapitulations of history, this lackluster saga by the author of bestselling London and, most recently, The Forest , is the first of a projected two-volume series billed as the Dublin Saga. After Conall is offered up as a sacrifice to the Druid gods, the narrative jumps ahead 20 years to Pat Rick's St. Patrick's arrival in Ireland in A.
Five centuries later, the Vikings make their mark, and Rutherfurd skips ahead with chronicles of the monastery at Glendalough, the Book of Kells and the death of Brian Boru founder of the O'Brians with his Pyrrhic victory over the high king of Tara in A retelling of King Henry II's arrival in Ireland in is followed by a cursory account of the reformation of the Irish Church at the Council of Cashel and the story of an obscure skirmish at Carrickmines Castle a minor landmark presently doomed to make room for a highway. Readers who persevere will glean plenty of historical detail from these pages, but Rutherfurd's uninspiring storytelling makes the journey a slog.
All rights reserved,Publishers Weekly,Publishers Weekly,Distinctly evocative of James Michener's all-encompassing recapitulations of history, this lackluster saga by the author of bestselling London and, most recently, The Forest , is the first of a projected two-volume series billed as the Dublin Saga. All rights reserved. Customer Reviews. See all reviews. Write a review. Most helpful positive review. Average rating: 5 out of 5 stars, based on reviews.
This was an excellent book and has become one of my favorites. It is an easy read with maps and genealogical charts to help you keep track of characters and changes that occur as centuries pass. An excellent explanation of early Irish history, Rutherfurd has a knack for making even the most trivial aspects of history personable.
This isn't just watching events occur in an orderly fashion or looking at an important family.
The Rebels of Ireland (Dublin Saga, book 2) by Edward Rutherfurd
This book is about everyday people doing everyday things as history unfolds around them. See more. Most helpful negative review. Average rating: 2 out of 5 stars, based on reviews.
The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga (Abridged)
Although Rutherfurd is just not as good as Michener at these historical sagas: he just doesn't have the same gift for character development; his previous novels, Sarum, London, Russka, and Forest, at least had a reasonable story line and thin, but believeable characters. The Princes of Ireland reads more like an outline or first draft of a story rather than a published work. The story is disjointed and unconnected to a great extent, has very little character development, and doesn't even do justice to the history of Ireland.
A disapointing read. Average rating: 4 out of 5 stars, based on 0 reviews. Written by a customer while visiting librarything. Cecrow, December 9, See all 21 reviews. See any care plans, options and policies that may be associated with this product. Email address.
If so, you will not be disappointed with The Princes of Ireland. I only recommend considering later works for the simple reason that, as I said, he has improved his writing style a bit over time. But that's not to disparage this wonderful work. All his books that I've read and I've read most, but not quite all are excellent.
But each has shown an incremental improvement in his writing style and sophistication, which is probably to be expected. If you are not familiar with Rutherford or historical fiction in general, these kinds of novels place fictional characters in a historical setting. When done well, as Rutherford does so very well, all historical events, places, scenery and other elements are carefully and precisely rendered to the best ability as to what is currently understood or believed by historians of the that particular time.
Only the main characters, the specifics of their situation and how they react to the events of that time are fictionalized. So it is a fun way to learn about real history. What makes Rutherford unique among other historical fiction writers is the way he follows many generations of multiple family trees across a very long timeline of history Others start only a few hundred years ago particularly, New York.
The Princes starts in-between those times It's a wonderful, educational and very enjoyable read. I am now about to purchase the second book in this Princes series. And can't wait for Rutherford's next book!!! November 10, - Published on Amazon. I read this wonderful novel and finished just as I left for a 5 week cruise in the North Atlantic and Scandinavian countries.
Princes of Ireland is a wonderful read that takes the reader from the ice age on thru many generations of clans. While entertaining the reader it is also teaching history, clan politics, religion and even some geography all while one is reading for pleasure. If that is not great enough to receive from a single book but for me, two weeks later to find myself standing in the ruins of the Glendalough Monastery looking up at the round tower, both of which was so prevalent in this novel there in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland.
It was a great experience, my first time in Ireland made all the greater by this well written and lovely book. I then read Rutherfords London and have New York waiting on the shelf. September 25, - Published on Amazon. I've read other books by this author before, and while I really enjoy the stories and following the history, I am not the biggest fan of his writing style. He uses the same words and descriptions over and over and over again to the point where I really feel like he should invest in a thesaurus.
Additionally, I feel like I'm being beaten over the head with painfully obvious and predictable details. I've read three sagas of his so far, but I think this was the last of his books for me. It's just too long of a commitment to be rolling my eyes every other paragraph. September 1, - Published on Amazon. Really this book is a series of novellas with major characters being descended from characters in prior stories; an authorial device which charmed me.
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I read this book chiefly because I wanted to get a better feel for early Irish history and I was not disappointed.