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message 1: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Russell Thanks, Edward. Glad you enjoyed my review.

This story taking place during the dark days of the 14th century is really powerful. Unforgettable.


message 2: by Henry (last edited Dec 22, 2014 07:47PM) (new)

Henry Avila Beautiful review, Glenn. always wanted to read this but... have so many unread books at home!


message 3: by Dolors (new)

Dolors The title caught my attention and your suspenseful review had me wishing to own this title and get to it as fast as possible. Impacting imagery in that last sentence as well, Glenn.


message 4: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Russell Marita wrote: "Thank you for your excellent review, Glenn. As I am currently up to my neck in reading about the fourteenth century, I would like to start reading this as soon as I can get my hands on it."

Thanks, Marita. You probably are aware or have read -- 'The Distant Mirror' and 'Dooomsday Book'. These are 2 of my other favorites of the 14th century.


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Glenn Russell Henry wrote: "Beautiful review, Glenn. always wanted to read this but... have so many unread books at home!"

Thanks, Henry. Like yourself, I have a large stack I'm making my way through.


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Glenn Russell Dolors wrote: "The title caught my attention and your suspenseful review had me wishing to own this title and get to it as fast as possible. Impacting imagery in that last sentence as well, Glenn."

Thanks so much, Dolors. The good news is this novel makes for a 2 or 3 day read. One of those books you can't put down. Such excellent writing.


message 7: by Rob (last edited Dec 23, 2014 07:49AM) (new)

Rob Atkinson Another great review, and another title goes on my 'to read' list! Merry Christmas! Another title that I believe is set in the same circumstances and period -- but in Germany -- that I've wanted to read is Hermann Hesse's "Narcissus and Goldmund"...have you read it?


message 8: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Russell Marita wrote: "Glenn wrote: "Marita wrote: "Thank you for your excellent review, Glenn. As I am currently up to my neck in reading about the fourteenth century, I would like to start reading this as soon as I ca..."

Perhaps you don't care for audiobooks but if you do, all three are available via audible.com. Since I walk a couple of hours a day, I listen to audiobooks all the time.


message 9: by Glenn (last edited Dec 23, 2014 09:57AM) (new)

Glenn Russell Rob wrote: "Another great review, and another title goes on my 'to read' list! Merry Christmas! Another title that I believe is set in the same circumstances and period -- but in Germany -- that I've wanted t..."

Thanks, Rob. And Merry Christmas to you up in NYC.

Yes, I read most of Hesse's novels back in my 20s, including Narcissus and Goldmund. I enjoyed very much. I will have to reread at some point.


Algernon (Darth Anyan) thank you for an excellent reminder of how good this novel is. It was my first by unsworth, and I promised myself at the time (early 90's) that I will try to read everything this guy writes. I still haven't managed to do it, but I live in hope.
Regarding the Black Plague, two other titles come to mind : The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis and the less accomplished sequel to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (I think it's called World Without End)


message 11: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Russell Algernon wrote: "thank you for an excellent reminder of how good this novel is. It was my first by unsworth, and I promised myself at the time (early 90's) that I will try to read everything this guy writes. I stil..."

Thanks so much for your note here, A. I loved Doomsday Book and write a review. The same with my favorite history book, which is 14th century: A Distant Mirror. At some point I'll have to check out the Follett book.


message 12: by Giedre (new)

Giedre Loved your review, Glen! Thank you for pointing this book to me. I will be looking forward to reading it, as I have already tried Unsworth's style and feel that I should be spending some more time on it!


message 13: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Russell Giedre wrote: "Loved your review, Glen! Thank you for pointing this book to me. I will be looking forward to reading it, as I have already tried Unsworth's style and feel that I should be spending some more time ..."

Thanks so much, Giedre. Unsworth is such a fine writer. He really did a good amount of research on the 14th century to provide such vivid detail in this novel.


message 14: by Michael (new)

Michael Fantastic review, Glenn! Unsworth is one of my favorites, and another of those under appreciated masters that you and I both seem to gravitate to.


message 15: by Glenn (last edited Nov 09, 2017 03:40PM) (new)

Glenn Russell Michael wrote: "Fantastic review, Glenn! Unsworth is one of my favorites, and another of those under appreciated masters that you and I both seem to gravitate to."

Thanks so much, Michael. Unsworth really captures the dark depths of the times and portrays many of the colorful details of those old acting troupes. Since at one point I performed as part of a Commedia de''Arte troupe complete with masks and loads of improv, I have a special connection with the novel.


message 16: by Diane (new)

Diane Wallace Amazing review, Glenn!


message 17: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Russell Diana wrote: "Amazing review, Glenn!"

Thanks so much, Diana! As I noted to Michael, I have a special connection to this novel since I performed outside as part of Commedia dell'arte theater troupe some years back. Really an amazingly energizing experience.


message 18: by Tristram (new)

Tristram Shandy Very gripping review of a wonderful novel I used to read with my English classes in order to give them an idea of drama as an art form rather than a religious ceremony. It is a very instructive text but it also gives you a suspenseful story. There is even a film adaptation, but I did not enjoy it half as much as the book itself.


message 19: by Glenn (last edited Mar 07, 2018 11:10AM) (new)

Glenn Russell Tristram wrote: "Very gripping review of a wonderful novel I used to read with my English classes in order to give them an idea of drama as an art form rather than a religious ceremony. It is a very instructive tex..."

Thanks so much, Tristram! Kind words coming from someone who used this novel in their English class. I can imagine the powerful effect on high school students - such a well-crafted, well-written novel of high drama. I haven't seen the film - but in this case I would prefer to keep with the internal mental film I created via reading. I also listened to the audio book a couple of times while taking my walks- made me thankful I was walking in the 21st century and not the 14th century!


Glyn Ashworth-Cobban (Updates) Beautiful review, Glenn! I'll be sure to try and read this at some point.


message 21: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Russell Glynjabin (Denizen Of The Library) wrote: "Beautiful review, Glenn! I'll be sure to try and read this at some point."

Thanks so much for your kind words, Glyn. If you are into audio books, there is one available for this novel. I listened - outstanding narrator. And the novel is a short, a quick read, made even quicker by the fast-pace and detective-like plot.


Glyn Ashworth-Cobban (Updates) No poroblem, Glenn. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it! :)


message 23: by William (new)

William Fabulous review, Glenn.

It's the fire next time, you know?


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