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A Place Called Freedom

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  16,876 Ratings  ·  867 Reviews
Scotland, 1766. Sentenced to a life of misery in the brutal coal mines, twenty-one-year-old Mack McAsh hungers for escape. His only ally: the beautiful, highborn Lizzie Hallim, who is trapped in her own kind of hell. Though separated by politics and position, these two restless young people are bound by their passionate search for a place called
Paperback, 437 pages
Published June 30th 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published August 28th 1995)
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Donna Crupi
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Forget team Edward or team Jacob--

When I picked up this book it was only because I dissolve into the pages of every Ken Follett book I read.

Follett took me back in time to Scotland and I was that girl working in the mines six days a week. I felt the burn of the leather strap that pressed against my forehead as I dragged a load too heavy for my small frame to bear, not giving in to the danger, the fear, the exhaustion.

Then he introduced me to Mac McAsh and I fell deeply in love. He is also from
Filipe Miguel
Um pouco mais selvagem

Publicado em 1995, “Uma Terra Chamada Liberdade”, apenas em 2016 chegou às estantes das livrarias portuguesas.

A escrita de Ken Follet, intensa e descritiva, é mais uma vez rainha ao longo das 456 páginas que compõem a edição da Editorial Presença e engrossa a lista dos romances históricos nascidos sob a sua pena.

Follett viaja entre a Escócia, Inglaterra e os actuais Estados Unidos Americanos, debruça-se essencialmente sobre questões laborais (direitos dos trabalhadores e
Tempo de Ler
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Pelo maravilhoso enredo, pelo interesse histórico do mesmo, pela excelente contextualização e pelas fantásticas personagens, este livro merece sem dúvida cinco estrelas.

Malachi e Lizzie são prisioneiros do século XVIII, ele por ter nascido um escravo nas minas de carvão escocesas e ela por ter nascido mulher. Depois de Mack fugir da Escócia voltam a encontrar-se em Londres quando Lizzie casa com um dos filhos do proprietário da mina. Na capital, Mack começa a arranjar problemas por difundir as
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - It was really good.

I didn't even notice until I sat down to write this review, that I did not make any highlights in this novel. While Follett may not have a literary flair that makes me highlight beautiful passages, this story grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept me captivated until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling within this novel and learned a great deal about the atrocious coal mining work environment in Scotland during the mid 1700s. It was also rather
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenho sentimentos mistos em relação a este livro.
Não é brilhante. Não está excepcionalmente bem escrito.
Tudo é cliché: o triângulo amoroso, o vilão, as características das personagens....
Contudo, li-o de uma assentada e conseguiu-me cativar.
Uma leitura de verão perfeita, creio.
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recomendo este livro a quem gosta de romance histórico e de Ken Follett. A genialidade deste escritor está bem patente neste livro em cada página lida.
Nos finais do século XVIII, na Escócia, existia um forma peculiar de escravidão, os proprietários das minas de carvão eram também “donos” dos trabalhadores e suas famílias.
As crianças assim que nasciam estavam condenadas a trabalhar durante 21 anos e um dia para recuperar a liberdade.
Mack McAsh vai lutar contra este poder instituído pagando caro
Carla Faleiro
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Respirar fundo depois desta leitura!
Estória e personagens fabulosos, uma escrita sempre excelente (a que o autor já nos habituou). Mais um livro a não perder.
Emily Cox
Jul 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Oh, honestly...

How did this book ever make it past an editor and onto a shelf and, consequently, onto my Kindle? My Kindle doesn't deserve this!

What could have been SUCH a cool story feel painfully flat due to writing that was, in my opinion, elementary at best. Unbearable. Cliche. Eye-roll worthy times 1000.All tell and absolutely, positively no show whatsoever.

Let me give you some recurring examples:
'She felt afraid.'
'She felt cold.'
'She felt strange.'
'He felt exhausted.'

I'm not kidding. Those
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ken Follett has created another great book, filled with strong characters and an engaging plot. We travel to Scotland and learn how cruel the coal workers and their families were treated. Follett introduces his strong, independent characters, especially the main female! Freedom is briefly attained in London, England. An ocean crossing on the Rosebud brings the characters to Virginia. The search for freedom is the main theme.

"I'll go anywhere that's not Scotland - anywhere a man can be free.....
Maria Espadinha
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Pedra Angular da Vida

A Liberdade é uma escolha Dura mas a Única que vale a pena.
Sem ela a Vida não acontece...
Antonio Rosato
"Pensa: vivere dove vuoi, non dove te lo ordinano. Scegliere il lavoro, essere libero di andartene e di accettarne un altro pagato meglio, o meno pericoloso, o più pulito. Essere padrone di te stesso e non schiavo di qualcuno... non sarebbe magnifico?".
"Un luogo chiamato libertà" è uno spettacolare libro del 1995 di Ken Follett che parla di amore, coraggio, libertà e determinazione... tutti elementi splendidamente incastonati in un contesto storico davvero esistito: quello delle miniere di carbo
Krista Baetiong Tungol
Why did I read this book, give it a 5-star rating, and put it in my “Favorites” shelf list?

First, it is a Ken Follett material; I believe his only mission in life is to sway people into loving anything he writes— I say this because it has certainly worked for me. Second, the story is set in a former era—the late 18th century—and I am such a fan of period/historical reads. Third, it talks about a young man’s struggle against social injustices, a subject of which I am largely sympathetic (having w
Este livro é antigo, editado em 1997, portanto o Follett ainda não tinha muita experiência em comparação com a Trilogia "O Seculo" e "Mundo Sem Fim".
Mas este livro não desilude, o ambiente histórico e as personagens são cativantes, é perfeito para o Verão.
Gostei bastante.
Bev Taylor
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
welcome to the end of the 18th century where there r distinctive classes both socially, politically and financially. but the 'lower' classes were definitely the winners on family and friendship

mack is a slave by birth working in the mines of scotland but he does not intend to stay. also there is lizzie, a rebellious female who is engaged to jay his landlord's son

separate worlds but their lives r thrown together time after time, firstly in london where mack rebels to protect his teams who remov
Robin Webster
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mack McAsh is a young man born into slavery in eightieth century Scotland and refuses to accept a life of servitude and hardship working down a Scottish coal mine. This is the bases for a fantastic fast paced story that moves from the Scottish coal mines to the back streets of eightieth century London, before moving on to the state of Virginia just prior to the American revolution. There is also a rich array of characters that Follett really brings to life. The story is underlined by the beginni ...more
Adelaide Silva
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma magistral descrição do ambiente no séc. XVIII. A luta de classes. A ida para o "novo mundo". Ken Follet mais uma vez não desilude
RoseMary Achey
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Follett's characters are so extreme-you are either a saint or a really despicable human....not much in between. Highly predicatable you knew where this one was going writhin the first few pages.
Nélia Rosa
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais uma estreia... sim o meu primeiro Follet! e gostei bastante! Escrita fluída que prende o leitor. Gostei e tenho mais uns dele para ler.
Bodosika Bodosika
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite
This book is immensely interesting and hard to put down.A beautiful story line,believable characters and simple English had no option rather than to give it 4 solid Stars.
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it
A Place Called Freedom follows the character Mack from a coal mine in Scotland to London where he struggles to earn decent pay for himself and other laborers. He ends up in the colony of Virginia still yearning for true freedom. This novel had great potential to be a story as gripping as Pillars of the Earth, but it feels rushed instead. I would have loved more detail about the surroundings and period details about dress, food, & everyday life. I especially thought the story fell short when ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think in order to write a quality historical fiction novel, the author has to be a really terrific storyteller AND someone who knows a lot about the history and background of a place. Ken Follett has both of these characteristics.
The novel begins in the awful dark, gray landscape of the coal mines in Scotland, progresses to London (which has its own issues regarding social/class disparities), and ends up in the colony of Virginia. When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by the vague line on
Ed Finnegan
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book for a different reason then I like some other book sIve read.
This was the last christmas gift I ever gave my father for christmas 1995, I was very sick in 1996 and didnt get gifts for any one, he died before the next christmas, I had not been thinking of it or able to read it until recently, I found the book that I gave him , I never asked him what he thought about it, that is one of the best things about reading a book is being able to talk with some body about it.

I liked the
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

What I thought would be an enthralling, epic historical saga, turned out to be a dismally cheap disappointment. All of the credible historical elements - the pitiful and heartbreaking plight of Scottish miners, the commerce corruption within Britain's upper echelon, and the shipping of Scottish/British convicts to America as seven-year indentured slaves, bought and sold at auction - were grossly overshadowed by dime-store romance, lust conquests.

Quite tacky, to say the least. A bitter disappoin
May 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bei manchen Büchern, weiß man schon nach den ersten Seiten, wie sie ablaufen und enden. Bei diesem hier weiß man es schon nach dem Lesen der kurzen Inhaltsangabe auf dem Rücken des Buches. Und das hat mich doch etwas überrascht, handelt es sich doch bei Ken Follett um einen der bekannteren Autoren historischer Romane. Bestseller sind nicht gleich gute Literatur, schon klar, aber was hier geboten wird, ist katastrophal. Die Geschichte ist flach, die Personen eindimensional, die guten sind edelmüt ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
If I could, I would give this one 3 1/2 stars. Follett is really excellent as story development and crafting stories that are engrossing and intense. However, at times his writing can feel pedantic at best. This is the story of one man that struggles for freedom on his own terms -- outside of the class structure he comes from. A common theme for the time period that this story covers, the scope ranges from Scotland/England to the Pre-Revolutionary United States. Follett does explore the ramifica ...more
Sara Jesus
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ken Follet voltou a oferecer uma história brilhante! Não esperava render-me a sua escrita, depois de ter lido "Um mundo sem fim" ( uma das suas obras mais afamadas). Mas apaixonei-me perdidamente pela jornada de Mack e Lizzie.

Não costumo ler histórias sobre escravatura, a par das do holocausto, são histórias bastante dramáticas e que emocionam. Felizmente Follet não exagerou no drama e nos deu uma bela história de amor entre Mack e Lizzie. É daqueles romances que não são nada previsíveis. Eu es
Come sempre Follett mi affascina con un mix di avventura, storia e amore. Un romanzo ambientato alla fine del settecento tra Scozia, Inghilterra e Virginia; epoca che segnerà grandi cambiamenti politici e sociali. Rilevanti le tematiche trattate in questo libro: i diritti dei lavoratori, la schiavitù, la pena di morte, la deportazione. Con una scrittura semplice e molto descrittiva si riesce ad entrare dentro la storia e a lottare insieme ai protagonisti per superare i diversi ostacoli e per tro ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An informative historical adventure

Follett's A Place Called Freedom was one of the most requested books when I worked at a now-defunct used book store more than 10 years ago. I finally got around to reading it and I can see why it was in such demand.

Follett introduces the reader to the turbulent politics on 1760s England, Scotland and America. He throws in a liberal dose of romance and the reader will be reminded of the Tom Cruise / Nicole Kiddman epic movie Far and Away . There are plenty o
Dick Edwards
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this book!!! It was basically 3 books in one, set in the late 18th century: (1) the coal mines and mining industry of Scotland; (2) industrial London, focusing mainly on the unloading of coal; and (3) colonial America, and the push to escape to, and populate, the frontier. One learns not only the technology of mining coal in that era, but also the terrible conditions that the miners had to endure to earn a living. Then in London, one learns about the intrigue and conditions involved in t ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Ken Follett is something of a guilty pleasure. He doesn’t write great literature but his books are usually very entertaining and along the way I often learn some interesting historical facts. I knew nothing of the “slavery” of the coal miners in 18th Century Scotland (although paid a meagre wage they were regarded as the property of the colliery owners and not allowed to leave their jobs). The hero of the story is one such miner and the novel tells of his struggle to escape his life of servitude ...more
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Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 160 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.

Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy. He was made a fellow of the coll
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