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The Judas Tree

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  489 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
In a story of wide and fascinating detail A. J. Cronin tells of Dr. David Morey who tries to atone for his desertion of the woman he loved.
Beguiled by the prospect of riches he goes on to marry Dottie, a spoiled but beautiful neurotic who brings him almost constant misery, until a chance remark makes him seek retribution in memories of the past and a return to his native
268 pages
Published December 1961 by Gollancz (first published 1961)
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Dilyana Georgieva
Не знам дали не съм малко твърде критична към тази книга, може би очакването ми е вдигнало малко летвата.
За първи път чета книга, в която главният герой ми е антипатичен от самото начало и до края това не се променя. Трудно е да си избереш и да си изградиш такъв протагонист, затова - шапка на Кронин, наистина майсторски изграден образ. Но не липсата на симпатия беше проблемът. Книгата е вълнуваща, изгълтах я доста бързо, в някакви моменти просто не можех да спра да чета... и най-голямото разоча
May 19, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read. Have lent to friends. This is a fictional tale where a man keeps meaning to follow his heart but is too ambitious and comfort seeking.

The main character is a weakling and fails miserably at having any real backbone or moral compass. Everything we despise about human nature (potentially to some degree within us all).

Despite his flaws he still has a few chances throughout the book for something true in life...

Enjoyable for alot of reasons.... The journey he takes is interesting and
Sep 14, 2013 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Laura, Wanda, TA, Susanna, weak men
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Karen
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Jul 23, 2009 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if you are ever in need of being horribly depressed for a period of time, read this punch-you-in-the-heart novel. it's short and well-written, and absolutely painful.
Jun 22, 2011 G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A.J. Cronin's novels are always a pleasure to read and this book is no exception and gripping till the end.
Rossy Roman
A painful view into human selfishness and self-comfort. A good read.
Jun 29, 2017 Merve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not know what to say about the book. I feel like I received a great blow. I'm really suffering. The story hurt me deeply. Cronin is realy very good writer. The citadel novel, another novel of the writer, had affected me intensely to. I definitely recommend it.
Roman Seliverstov
Jun 02, 2017 Roman Seliverstov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-russian
Два раза наступить на одни и те же грабли... Как правило это вызывает улыбку - но не в этом случае. Лично мне главного героя не жалко, так как им руководили не чувства, а эгоистичность. Не делайте таких ошибок! Никогда...
Jun 24, 2017 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story; I felt I was reading about Trump in many cases. Beautifully written although the main character was dispicable.
Деница Райкова
Дървото на Юда", Арчибалд Кронин
28.01.15 18:19

Някои мисли по време на четене

Започнах я онзи ден. След всички нови, съвременни, понякога странни и "отвлечени" книги, които четох напоследък, изведнъж изпитах нужда от нещо по-старо, нещо от автор, когото съм чела преди и който ми е достатъчно познат. И не сбърках. Явно моментът за тази книга беше точно сега. Книга, която хем се чете леко и бързо, хем те кара да се замисляш... и да запомняш. И те кара да се вживяваш, усещаш се, че на моме
Jul 20, 2010 Brent rated it it was ok
The story was interesting enough. A doctor makes his fortune by betraying everyone he knows and loves. He does not betray them on purpose, he just lacks the courage and will to see anything to the end. This leads him to always take the easy and comfortable option when faced with a difficult situation. No happy ending here, as indicated by the title.
The writing is a little choppy at places. Suffers from the "let me tell you," instead of the "let me show you," your English teacher was always talki
May 05, 2012 Dar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I didn't much like this book. Very self-absorbed main character who appeared on the surface to care very much about people, but actually only cared about himself and what others thought of him. Not a likeable character in any respect. I didn't really warm to any of the characters in the book, for that matter. Also, the writing was dated.
Raimonda Boian
Aug 13, 2016 Raimonda Boian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dupa 22 de ani, am recitit una dintre cartile autorului meu preferat din anii studentiei. Mi-ar fi placut nespus ca atunci sa-mi fi notat impresiile lasate de carte, deoarece acum am fost furioasa pe personajul principal, David, pe instabilitatea lui sentimentala si pe graba cu care ia decizii care afecteaza destinul celor din jur, si din care nu invata nimic.
Рамон Меркадер
тотално слабо произведение, идеята - хубава, изпълнението - никакво. Дейвид Мъри все едно да е малоумен, па как само се води по акъла на Фрида и на Холбрукови и накрая го загриза съвестта.
Кети все едно е извадена от викторианската епоха, сегиз-тогиз му удря по едно кръстене. То бива набожни хора, ама чак толкова ...
A. J. Cronin wrote much better novels when he dealt with young people like in "The Citadel"; "Shannon's Way"; "Beyond This Place"; "The Green Years"; "The Song of Six Pence"; "The Hatter's Castle"; and many more. But this one is simply trite to me. The copy I read I bought many a year ago but left it unread for reasons I don't know.
A self-absorbed main character goes through life "with the best intentions". However, as the old adage goes "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions". The destructiveness for this fundamentally weak man is sad. His ultimate end is probably deserved but unfortunate that his estate falls into his wife's hands.
Good descriptions of Switzerland, Scotland and Vienna.
A very literate book.
J V Woods
I struggled to finish it...

I was glad to get to the end of this book. After thoroughly enjoying The Citadel, Hatter's Castle and The Stars Look Down I felt A J Cronin was coasting when he wrote this. It is subjective I know but I felt his heart was not in it.
May 26, 2012 Tryphena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book when I was 10, 11 years old I believe. It drew me in immediately, and it even had a hint of comedy in some paragraphs. I loved it, and it quickly became my favorite book. It's a wonderful story and I highly recommend it. :)
Jan 17, 2008 Naynyinyi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the really great book. It tells about that the doctor work should not be mixed with ego.For a doctor, i think he is concerned with the patient.He does not own his life anymore like Actors or Actress,etc.
Aug 20, 2012 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this contempoary fiction novel written prior to 1965. There was a flowing simplicity of expression, a good and complex plot spanning generations......and a very unusual ending, not neccessarily
Oct 20, 2013 Anelia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Не ми хареса толкова, колкото си мислех. Може би имах твърде високи очаквания. Историята е реалистична, без романтични окраски и е показана егоистичната природа на човека. И все пак, очаквах повече..
Jun 27, 2015 Orioles2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A. Rattling good read. Once you pick up, and A. J. Cronin book, you can't put it down. A consummate storyteller.
Sep 01, 2013 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. Interesting story. Reminds me of some people I've known. I would suspect there is a bit of the main character's weaknesses in all of us.
Sof'Ya Ruchko
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Jan 04, 2014 Pat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to read this book.
Recommended by a customer.
David Moray is rotten to the women in his life and it comes back at the end of his life and he hangs himself on the tree.
Ani Dimitrova
Jun 04, 2015 Ani Dimitrova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Невероятна книга, написана по възхитителен и пленителен начин със сюжет, намиращ място и извън света на книгите.
Явно имах големи очаквания към тази книга, но съм направо ядосана след прочита й - защо изобщо я четох, толкова наивна ми беше, толкова предсказуема!? Може би ако съм на 15г. бих се впечатлила.
May 03, 2008 Kparke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, although it's very bleak -- an interesting character study of a man who finally learns to recognize himself for what he is.
Jagadish rated it it was amazing
Mar 29, 2009
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Archibald Joseph Cronin was a Scottish novelist, dramatist, and non-fiction writer who was one of the most renowned storytellers of the twentieth century. His best-known works are The Citadel and The Keys of the Kingdom, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films. He also created the Dr. Finlay character, the hero of a series of stories that served as the basis for the long-running BBC tel ...more
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