In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.
Meticulously researched and epic in scope, Sarum covers the entire sweep of English civilization: from the early hunters and farmers, the creation of Stonehenge, the dawn of Christianity, and the Black Death; through the Reformation, the wars in America, the Industrial Age, and the Victorian social reforms; up through the World War II invasion of Normandy and the modern-day concerns of a once-preeminent empire.
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A great piece of research
It was a remarkably sprawling book (in a good way), and was very well read by the voice artist. Compared to the only other book I've read by Rutherfurd, New York, it was not as compelling or as well developed. The finish, in particular, felt almost offensively rushed. Apart from that great disappointment, the book was very worthwhile overall. A good book, a great reading, and a lot of hours of entertainment. Despite some flaws, I recommend it overall.