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The Talisman by Walter Scott
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Nov 15, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction-medieval

The Talisman is a first-rate adventure novel by Sir Walter Scott, though not quite on par with his more famous Ivanhoe. The events center on the end of the Third Crusade, and the historical figures of the Crusaders are rendered wonderfully. As in many accounts from the medieval time onward, Saladin’s character is romanticized to a great degree, but the story wouldn’t work otherwise. One aspect of the ending, which is will not name in order to avoid spoilers, fell a bit flat with me, but overall I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it to anyone interested in the time period of the Crusades.
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Reading Progress

November 15, 2011 – Started Reading
November 15, 2011 – Shelved
November 16, 2011 –
10.0%
November 16, 2011 –
10.0% "The conversation between the Christian and Muslim in chapter two is not only a fair representation, but also a vivid dramatic comparison of the two worldviews."
November 17, 2011 –
19.0%
November 18, 2011 –
25.0%
November 19, 2011 –
31.0%
November 22, 2011 –
44.0%
November 25, 2011 –
53.0%
November 26, 2011 –
67.0%
November 26, 2011 –
72.0%
November 28, 2011 –
81.0%
November 29, 2011 –
84.0%
November 29, 2011 –
88.0%
November 30, 2011 –
94.0%
November 30, 2011 –
97.0%
December 1, 2011 – Finished Reading
June 26, 2014 – Shelved as: historical-fiction-medieval

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