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Morality Play by Barry Unsworth
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bookshelves: arts-literat-classics, historical_fiction


This is a historical novel set in a small rural town in fourteenth century England: it is winter, the landscape is snow-laden, the climate is freezing cold, and the Black Death is a constant presence.

This is a pretty nice, atmospheric novel, decently researched and written, with credible characters and a good and engaging storyline, with sparks of real originality: however it does not have the intellectual depth nor the ambitious scope of the "Name of the Rose", for example.

Overall, this is a nice and pleasant read, recommended to all readers interested in the Late Middle Ages. 3.5 stars.
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Reading Progress

January 9, 2015 – Shelved
January 9, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
January 9, 2015 – Shelved as: arts-literat-classics
January 22, 2015 – Started Reading
January 22, 2015 – Shelved as: historical_fiction
January 22, 2015 –
page 40
17.86%
January 25, 2015 –
page 70
31.25%
January 27, 2015 –
page 100
44.64%
January 29, 2015 –
page 120
53.57% "This is a historical novel set in a small rural town in rural England, in the fourteenth century. It is winter, the landscape is snow-laden, the climate is freezing cold, and the Black Death is a constant presence. A pretty nice atmospheric novel, decently researched and written, but nothing memorable so far: it is not the "Name of the Rose". So far, it has left me a little bit "cold" (no pun intended)."
January 30, 2015 –
page 180
80.36%
January 31, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Ted (new)

Ted Sounds pretty appealing, thanks for the review Fortunr.


WarpDrive You are very welcome, Ted. It is a pretty nice novel.


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