Saturday, 30th May 2020

This Month's Magazine

Book Reviews

Reviwing Paths of Glory and Cathedral of Sea

Paths of Glory - Jeffrey Archer

This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him. Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Rrobert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he’d achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition? “Paths of Glory”, is the story of such a man. But not until you’ve turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to this list of legends, because if he were, another name would have to be removed.


Cathedral of the Sea - Idefonso Falcones

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Set in 14th-century Catalonia, Barcelona attorney Falcones’s sprawling medieval family saga, a bestseller in Spain, starts when the dastardly lord Llorenc de Bellera comes calling on good Bernat Estanyol on his wedding night and declares, in lawyerly lingo, “ ‘In accordance with one of my rights as your lord, I have decided to lie with your wife on her first night of marriage.’ “ Not a friendly thing to do, as the lovely Francesca discovers, but not the last unfriendly act on Llorenc’s part, as Bernat’s sturdy son Arnau discovers. Arnau has bigger fish to fry before arranging to avenge the family honor: First he has to go fight against the assembled enemies of Catalonia, then take care of some trouble with his brother, who, the bloodlines being all confused by now, has taken to behaving like Llorenc, but this time in priestly habit. Much snarling and mustache-twisting and muttering in Latin and sword-crossing ensues; stones are lifted, a cathedral is built, heretics are burned, all business as usual in such climes.

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