[PDF] The Forest By Edward Rutherfurd – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Forest The format of this book is like all of Rutherford s others historical fiction This story takes place in a location that is very near Sarum the subject of his int l best selling breakout book , but its emphasis is much different the focus is on how the forest in this area affects the people that live there and vice versa You get wafts of the big events e.g Queen Elizabeth and her Golden Age, the Spanish inquisition but everyday details concern how deers and oak trees mature I love Ruther The format of this book is like all of Rutherford s others historical fiction This story takes place in a location that is very near Sarum the subject of his int l best selling breakout book , but its emphasis is much different the focus is on how the forest in this area affects the people It is rare when I read a book, that I wish for it to end for other reasons that I want to find out what happens to the characters I have come to know and like This book, however, I just wished to end so I could get it over with and move on to something better.The book is composed of several short stories taking place in and around the New Forrest, telling stories about the people living there and following various families as they evolve through the span of the novel some 900 years.This idea It is rare when I read a book, that I wish for it to end for other reasons that I want to find out what happens The Forest stars England s New Forest over a thousand years of development I read it back in 2005, and still remember much of the plot today in other words, it s a story that stays in a reader s mind Through everyday conflicts in his characters lives fighting over a lover, family disputes, making enough money to feed yourself, living under corrupt leaders Rutherfurd wrote culture and history with a human element It s fascinating to think of the sheer number of people who have lived and die The Forest stars England s New Forest over a thousand years of development I read it back in 2005, and still remember much of the plot today in other words, it s a story that stays in a reader s mind Through everyday conflicts in his characters lives fighting over a lover, family disputes, making enough money to feed yourself, living under corrupt leaders Rutherfurd wrote culture and history with a human element It s fascinating to think of the sheer number of people who have lived and died before this generation, like us and yet not because of cultural and technological differences.I loved how well he wrote these women very few writers grasp the opposite gender The women of The Forest believe they should be submissive and that men are superior as that s how they ve been schooledyet they are resourceful, brilliant, strong without turning into anachronisms.This is not light reading Though Rutherfurd gives many characters happy endings, they don t a Whereas London The Novel focuses on, obviously, the city of London, The Forest focuses on the development of England as a whole over the centuries Much of English history concerned the independent hamlets and regions that felt very little connection to the King and to London until the past few hundred years It was fun to read about the small agrarian communities with their nearby abbeys and giant expanses of forest land Many things influenced these small communities as England became a m Whereas London The Novel focuses on, obviously, the city of London, The Forest focuses on the development of England as a whole over the centuri This is my favorite of the ones about England It spans a large area with a lot of folklore, witchcraft, and strong females. This is the second Rutherfurd book I have read and it was just wonderful I learnt so much about the New Forest and its ways and the lives of the people who lived there I love his books but because they are so huge they take me such a long time to read.Back Cover Blurb Few places lie closer to the heart of the nation s heritage than the New Forest The author weaves its history and legends into compelling fiction.From the mysterious killing of King William Rufus, treachery and witchcraft, smugg This is the second Rutherfurd book I have read and it was just wonderful I learnt so much about the New Forest and its ways and the lives of the people who lived there I love his books but because they are so huge they take me such a long time to read.Back Cover Blurb Few places lie closer to the heart of the nation s heritage than the New Fore This is an exception to my usual reading but not in a good way I have read a couple of his other books and swore to venture there noThey should be just the sort of thing to appeal to me but they so very don t As I came in to write this I noticed that he cites James A Michener as an influence Well Says it all he s one of the few others to reside on a mental list of never touch that author again It had been a long time and there was the book so I thought I d give him a second chanc This is an exception to my usual reading but not in a good way I have read a couple of his other books and swore to venture there noThey should be just the sort of thing to appeal to me but they so very don t As I came in to write this I noticed that he cites James A Michener as an influence I discovered this gem at my local Half Price Books I had just finished The Princes of Ireland, one of hisrecent books, and, even though I knew nothing about the area in which he was writing, it was hard not to fall in love with the characters For once, Rutherford deviates from tales of the British upper crust to the forest folk farmers, charcoal makers and even monks, and I found t Few Places Lie Closer To The Heart Of The Nation S Heritage Than The New Forest Now, Edward Rutherfurd, Weaves Its History And Legends Into Compelling Fiction From The Mysterious Killing Of King William Rufus, Treachery And Witchcraft, Smuggling And Poaching Run Through This Epic Tale Of Well Born Ladies, Lowly Woodsmen, Sailors, Merchants And Cistercian Monks The Feuds, Wars, Loyalties And Passions Of Generations Reach Their Climax In A Crime That Shatters The Decorous Society Of Jane Austen S Bath, And Whose Ramifications Continue Through The Age Of The Victorian Railway Builders To The Ecologists Of The Present Day. History of the New Forest dating from 11th century to present day, told through the memorable people of the Forest the Prides, Puckles, Cola the huntsman Albion family , Furzeys, Tottons, the Seagulls From medieval


About the Author: Edward Rutherfurd

Francis Edward Wintle, best known under his pen name Edward Rutherfurd, was born in the cathedral city of Salisbury Educated locally, and at the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, California, he worked in political research, bookselling and publishing After numerous attempts to write books and plays, he finally abandoned his career in the book trade in 1983, and returned to his childhood h Francis Edward Wintle, best known under his pen name Edward Rutherfurd, was born in the cathedral city of Salisbury Educated locally, and at the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, California, he worked in political research, bookselling and publishing After numerous attempts to write books and plays, he finally abandoned his career in the book trade in 1983, and returned to his childhood home to write SARUM, a historical novel with a ten thousand year story, set in the area around the ancient monument of Stonehenge, and Salisbury Four years later, when the book was published, it became an instant international bestseller, remaining 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List Since then he has written fivebestsellers RUSSKA, a novel of Russia LONDON THE FOREST, set in England s New Forest which lies close by Sarum, and two novels which cover the story of Ireland from the time just before Saint Patrick to the twentieth century His books have been translated into twenty languages.Edward has lived in London, New York, New Hampshire and Ireland He currently divides his time between New England and Europe He has two children.Edward Rutherfurd is a Life Member of the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral, the Salisbury Civic Society, and the Friends of Chawton House, which is located in Jane Austen s village and dedicated to the study of women writers He is also a Patron of the National Theatre of Ireland the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.In 2005, the City of Salisbury commemorated his services to the city by naming one of the streets leading off its medieval market place Rutherfurd Walk


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