Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages
The daughter of a papermaker in a small French village in the year 1320, mute from birth and forced to shun normal society, young Auda finds solace and escape in the wonder of the written word. Believed to be cursed by those who embrace ignorance and superstition, Auda's very survival is a testament to the strength of her spirit. But this is an age of Inquisition and into...more
The milieu of this book--the world of middling tradesman in southern France during the Avignon papacy--is the best part. Even in this author's inexperienced hands, the outlines of the t ...more
Sankaran has painted an exquisite and beautiful tale about a mute Albino girl named Auda, who is the daughter of a papermaker in Narbonne, France in the 14th century. Born during a time of religious persecution and intense superstition, Auda’s afflictio ...more
It is believed by some that papermaking advanced by heretical sects who needed cheap writing materials for their secret studies.
In the Middle Ages, Narbonne in France was known as a secluded place from heresy, while the rest of the Spain was sur ...more
As she grows up, Auda is sheltered by her father and sister, who fear that someday the villagers will blame their ...more
First, what I didn't like: Poncia, Auda's sister. If that woman wasn't already getting slapped around, I would have jumped in there and slapped her around myself. Her and her self rightousness had me cringeing throughout the reading of this. Also, despite fascinating facts regarding early papermaking (l ...more
I loved the educational aspect of making paper and the way the story revolved around the tracts labeled as "heresy" and the connection that papermakers risked. I actually thought the historical aspect of this novel was t ...more
The girl, Auda, who was different from b ...more
Even though all of the details about paper making may have been well-researched (it's not something I know a ton about), couldn't Sankaran have done ...more
The first two chapters set the tone for a great story, but then the chapters fell flat. I was going to push through, because I don't like quitting a book just because I find the book boring, but I will quit when I come across a graphic sex scene, and especially if that sex is an adulterous act. I feel like sex is meant to be had, not graphically written about to fuel someone's fantasy.
Sadly, I was actually happy to put this book down, because I was sooooooooo done with with the ...more
This was a good read. Middle ages...1300 France and a albino girl is born to a papermaker. The story is interesting and built on actual history of the Inquisition and women's lot in life during this time period with lots of facts about paper making in Medieval times. At the end, the author gives a summary of the history of paper making along with an actual recipe to make your own as she did when doing research to write this novel.
It greats for a quick read if you after a story that doesn't try to over complicate itself as it's straight to the point and has a clear start and end.
Alough I would argue some areas felt to coincidental it didnt hinder the story nor make anything feel too forced
I would recommend this story if you do enjoy histories that also give you some knowledge (in this case papermaking) of the time
From the Back Cover:
The daughter of a papermaker in a small French village in the year 1320 - mute from birth and forced to shun normal society - young Auda finds solace and escape in the wonder of the written word. Believed to be cursed by those who embrace ignorance and superstition, Auda's very survival is a testament to the strength of her spirit. But this is an age of Inquisition and intolerance, when difference and defiance are punishable "sins" and new ideas are ...more