Four thousand years ago, a stranger's death at the Old Temple of Ratharryn-and his ominous "gift" of gold-precipitates the building of what for centuries to come will be known as one of mankind's most singular and remarkable achievements. Bernard Cornwell's epic novel Stonehenge catapults us into a powerful and vibrant world of ritual and sacrifice at once timeless and who...more
There was something about Bernard Cornwell's version of these bronze age people and their mystical and monolithic Stonehenge, that captured my imagination and I felt stirred by both them and their pristine, unpolluted environment.
They were innocent and gullible, ignorant and sweet, yes, even at their deadliest or maddest. They are unblemished by a modern world. Their existence is aligned in eve ...more
Cornwell creates an eventful, vivid, gory, gripping and spellbinding tale of love and loss, sorcery, hatred, jealousy, greed, ambition and pagan theology.
Traces the story of three brothers, the evil and savage killer, Lengar, the cunning cripple turned sorcerer, Camaban, who ruthlessly sheds blood to build a new stone temple that will ush ...more
This story is a bit different from the usual Cornwell yarn. From the books I have read by him, it is apparent he likes to write about war, and is probably one of the best writers out there in describing battle scenes. There is battles in this book too, but the are few and far between. This is more about primitive man, and th ...more
But the book doesn't connect. For one thing it lacks the humor which leavens the drama and gore of his Wessex series. (I assume Sharpe has his humorous moments, too.) I never grew to care for Saban as I shou ...more
No matter how you slice it, the book is about how to build a stone temple in ancient times. There is a story behind this, an interesting and complex tale of people from all over present-day England, surrounding three brothers, sons of a chieftan, and their aspirations, plottings, dreams and failures. There is travel throughout the ancient island with Cornwell's requisite description of place and people, but it still comes back to building the stone temple; so the titl ...more
"Oh," says I, with a lofty wave of the hand, "violence is all right. I can handle THAT."
Turns out, Dad knew what he was talking about. This book was far, far grittier than my usual fare, and there were several times where I had to put it aside and read something as cheery as "Howl's Moving Castle" to settle the emotions. It is not a difficult book stylistically, but the weight of darkness and paganism was so great that it took me over a month to plow through to the end. ...more
How they raised the lintels is always a matter of controversy and as a warning for some Chariots of the Gods fans, there are no aliens involved, which is good thing. Give the humans some credit for the emergence of intelligence, and application of brute force which would have been their strength in that era.
It's a plausible-sounding method I ha ...more
Em alguns momentos eu confesso que eu esqueci que estava lendo um livro do Cornwell. Tem um pace muito mais lento do que os outros que eu já li dele (mas volta e meia o plot tem seus sprints também) e a ambientação é totalmente diferente dos demais livros. O fato de ele escrever em uma época de onde praticamente não restam registros históricos muito precisos permitiu a ele criar uma sociedade com costumes ...more
This book was one of about five books that my 14 year old son gave me for my birthday - all sourced from a bargain bin! I have honestly been doing my best to read some of them and have only given two away to the school fair without even opening the covers . And in fact, I actually thought that I might enjoy this one. Unfortunately not.
I have never read any books by Bernard Cornwell before and won't be back for more. The book started out promisingly enough but somewhere around ...more
I listened to this book on tape. It took me a long time to get through it. My overall impression of the book is that it was OK, but definitely in the "borrow it from the library" category, NOT the "go out and buy it NOW" category.
The sense of place and time was strong & to my ear, realistic. But I found the details involved in the building of Stonehenge became tedious and overwhelming (though this could be ...more
Também senti um deja vu em alguns momentos com As Crônicas de Artur - como Merlin caçando os Treze Tesouros da Britânia e a "traição" de Guinevere.
According to Cornwell, there is an interesting book Stonehenge by R.J.C. Atkinson on this same subject.
Sorry Cornwell but I do prefer your Saxon Stories.
I think the problem was that I just couldn't picture the events or people. I have a pretty good idea 0f the types of clothes people wore in the 1000s but in BCE I lose it a little. Every time I tried to picture the entire village, I found I couldn't. I understand and can picture the early folks in their blue clay, but only the priests (who did paint themselves up) were "real" to me. Also the len ...more
The story, obviously, is a fictional story about the creation of Stonehenge. I'll admit, I didn't expect great things from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The amount of depth and detail put into this book is really quite ama ...more
I enjoyed skipping ahead to the end of the book and reading Cornwell's notes on his Stonehenge research, which I found far more interesting, particularly his specula ...more
In this case, there is no history and no actual historical figures. The only history here is we know there is a Stonehenge.
So what Cornwell has done in this novel is invent from whole cloth the religion that drove humans to build the Stonehenge temple.
He is giving us an ex ...more
Among archeologists and historians, Stonehenge is still a matter of much debate and controversy. Eventhought lots of researches have been done in the last few decades Stonehenge is still a mystery far from being solved.
Cornwell's book gives life to this remote period that we know so little about, and yet it has the credit of not being anachronich and fanta ...more
After reading the Grail Quest series I decided to read more by Bernard Cornwell. I thought this was just average, especially when compared to the Grail Quest Series.
I found too much filler narration, but I did like the action parts, especially the battle for Cathallo, where there was good development of both the strategy and tactics of the opposing tribes. There also appears to be some thought in the engineering challenges in actually building Stonehenge with only mu ...more