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The Talisman by Walter Scott
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Jan 13, 2011

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While the writing is powerfully articulate, it has no heart--at least that's my view through 70 pages, where I've stopped.

The characters are drawn with extraordinary psychological profiles and physical descriptions, but their actions and emotions--in short, the story--revolves so heavily around crusade-era statecraft that I start to think I'm not old enough to enjoy it. I don't mind dispassionate political history, and I can tolerate a degree of prosaic detail, but in a novel, I want to see more passion and less ceremony.
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