OK! I should apologise...Michel Faber is one of my favourite authors, and I just sped through this book. I will probably re-read in the future, as I re-read "Under the Skin", and find new things each time I read.
Faber is a brilliant author, and probably a "best kept secret", because if I say I love his books I usually get a blank look.
Fire Gospel is nowhere near the same subject matter as "Under the Skin", but he has given a potential idea the same weight. The novel is just as "urgent" to read...it only took me two days.
As yet I have liked all Faber's work
Here's the "bumph" from the back cover of the book.
when Theo Griepenkerl happens upon the fifth Gospel in a war-torn Iraqi museum, he can't believe his luck. Driven by greed and a lust for fame, he capitalises on his find by publishing it. His book is a sensation. But he can hardly imagine the incendiary consequences his discovery will have for Christians, Arabs, homicidal maniacs and Amazon customers alike.
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this is one of the "Myths" series of books published by Canongate.
I finished this last night....I just had to...I only had 40+ pages to read
To me the novel is very insightful, knowing what went on several years later. Tolstoy could not have foreseen the revolution.
Anna is a "tragic" character, she falls for someone whilst married, in a society that gives everything to the man....whatever.
She leaves he husband to set up home with her lover, also the father of her daughter, but as she is still officially married to her husband, it his name that claims Anna and her lover's child.
The end of part seven is very tragic, and part eight seems to me to be devoted to tying up all the ends neatly.
Anyone who knows their Russian history will spot that this might be the beginning of the rot.
The novel is worth reading, and once you sort out the naming in your head, fairly easy to follow.
I have the good luck to have read several Russian based novels, and understand the various names.
But.....let's be honest...who ever you are reading this...you are someones child, someones sibling, maybe someones spouse...without taking into consideration any other social circumstances...you might have three ways of address.
The Russian way of naming is not so odd...the endings point to the relationships.
I now have less than 200 pages to read of AK......It has become a book where I just want to read to the end of the next chapter. I am familiar with all the characters now, and am thoroughly enjoying. When I bought Anna Karenina, it was part of a set of seven published by Penguin as "wonders of the World". Maybe the others are as good, I did read one of them around halfway through whilst doing my degree, that's why I never finished it. Perhaps after you persevere through the first few chapters they all get easy?
The year is 885 and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Warrior by instinct and Viking by nature, Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, has land, a wife and children – and a duty to King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have invaded the decayed Roman city of London with dreams of conquering Wessex … with Uhtred’s help. Suddenly forced to weigh his oath to the king against the dangerous turning tide of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles, Uhtred – Alfred’s sharpest sword – must now make the choice that will determine England’s future.
While it may seem that the introduction of such a dreaded concept as peace into any of Bernard Cornwell’s writing to be a bad thing, he still manages to make peace exciting. All of Cornwell’s books are infused enough action to be a literary equivalent of the best action movie one can imagine. But as brutal a time as he writes about here, it’s never something that is off-putting. You read and understand that this was a way of life. So even peace can be eventful.
Highly recommended as are all of Cornwell’s books.
posted by Sea on behalf of Blue