Cathedral of the Sea, by Ildefonso Falcones, trans. Nick Caistor. Rich and racy homage to old Catalonia. Reviewed by Michael Eaude; Friday. Cathedral of the Sea is a historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones. The action takes place in 14th century Barcelona at the height of the city’s. Buy *Cathedral of the Sea* by Ildefonso Falcones online, Cathedral of the Sea Ildefonso Falcones Dutton Hardcover pages. May rated 4 1/2 of 5.

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A masterful eipc of love, war, treason, plague, famine, witchcraft, anti-Semitism and the Inquisition. Throughout the whole book, I found the style pedestrian, stilted and dull. Click to print Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window.

When he is se and hauled before the Inquisitor, he finds himself face-to-face with his own brother. I think it’s valuable to have different opinions and I’m fully aware that many people may well like the things which I don’t enjoy so much. As it was, I forced myself through to the end.

Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones – Penguin Books Australia

This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub. The only character for whom I felt any warmth whatsoever was Mar, who proved to be pleasantly feisty despite the ill-treatment meted out to her by men. See all books by Ildefonso Falcones.

There is a moment when writing becomes a job. In Netflix released a high-budget drama series, Cathedral of the Sea based on the book. An unforgettable fresco of a golden age in fourteenth-century Barcelona, Cathedral of the Sea is a thrilling historical novel of friendship and revenge, plague and hope, love and war.


Cathedral of the Sea: Ildefonso Falcones

It was just a crying shame that a novel with so much potential turned out to be so underwhelming. His newfound status excites jealousy from his friends who plot his downfall with devastating consequences.

In its shadow, Arnau, a young serf on the run from his feudal lord, struggles to earn his freedom. Even in Ken Follett’s books, the good characters are soooo good and you know they will suffer a little during the story but they will success at the end, and the bad ones are so evil and they will end dying, in prison, etc. I hope my fellow book-lovers feel that this is a welcoming and comfortable place where they can share their opinions, whatever those might be, without judgement.

Please, please, do recommend some other books. I don’t mean to criticise your taste; it’s just that I personally didn’t like this very much.

I thought overall, it was a horrifically enjoyable read and i definitely would recommend others reading it. And I would just like to make a blanket apology to any other Spanish readers: I was keen to read the book because it was set in my favourite period and in one of my favourite cities I lived in Barcelona for 6 months but found it utterly dull and lifeless.

Regardless of the endemic misogyny of the 14th century, Falcones gives no indication that his women are living, thinking, independent human beings who simply have the misfortune to live in an unenlightened age. I forgot to say that I don’t think it’s because the translation: In carrying the stones for the church and the Virgin Mary, Arnau knows he is assisting a cause greater than himself, as well as aiding Joan and his dream of becoming a man of the cloth.


If the entire novel is fiction, you can do whatever you want.

He lives in Barcelona‚Ķ More about Ildefonso Falcones. Still, if you get that impression from my blog then it must mean my constant gushing about Spartans, Vikings and rapier-wielding swashbucklers isn’t quite as overwhelming as I feared it might be. This is the Cathedral of the Sea: I will just talk very loudly about how awesome Captain Alatriste is, and hope they’ll let me get away with it.

However, there are only a few ways of expressing what you feel inside and I chose writing. If anyone else has read it, please do share your thoughts with me. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

That was the clue to its success. At over pages, Cathedral of the Sea is a weighty book, but each of those pages is worthwhile. Will he lose his life just as his beloved Cathedral of the Sea is finally completed, or will his brother save him? Retrieved from ” https: Unsourced material may be ildefknso and removed.

The catherdal are universally wicked, cruel and conniving. Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Articles containing Spanish-language text Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Italian-language text Articles with Spanish-language external links All stub articles.

Also, the novel turned out to be very attractive to the reader. And I value your opinion in particular on such matters, xea I’m glad to hear you had the same kind of reaction as I did.