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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When the two reunite, Joan is no longer the young boy Arnau remembers, and when the deadly Inquisition focuses its attention on Arnau, he finds himself betrayed by the one person he thought he could always trust. And I value your opinion in particular on such matters, so I’m glad to hear you had the same kind of reaction as I did.

OK, perfect, that fits with the impression gleaned from the English and German translations… Thanks! If the entire novel is fiction, you can do whatever you want. Otherwise, you have to imagine much more in order to fit each event in the historic and real calendar. Will he lose his life just as his beloved cathedral is finally completed, or will his brother spare him?

I remember it like a light reading in terms of language, so yes, it’s quite simple.

Now, on the 21st of February, he will publish his third book, which will be on sale simultaneously in Spain, Latin America and the United States. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Cathedral of the Sea

It is something that has been developing over the years, like everything in life. You are commenting using your WordPress. From the life of peasants and nobility, to warfare, to politics and the Church, the painstaking research that went into creating Cathedral of the Sea is obvious.


Please help improve this ildefpnso by adding citations to reliable sources. Email required Address never made public. While similar, each book is wholly unique in its own right.

Book review: Ildefonso Falcones’ *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. Retrieved from ” https: Tariq Ali — The Idle Woman. 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. Stay in Fapcones Sign up. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. As it was, I forced myself through to the end.

As Arnau prospers, he secretly falls in love with a forbidden woman.

Had I not felt honour-bound to finish it, I would have put it aside after the first hundred cathrdral. Please, please, do recommend some other books. Buy the Audiobook Download: Thank you, ‘the Mond’, for offering another take on the book.

The brutality of the times in the treatment of the poor, the bigotry against those of Jewish faith, the injustice of the Inquisition – all are shown in vivid and heart-wrenching detail. Views Read Edit View history.

It was just a crying shame that a novel with so much potential turned out to be so underwhelming. Isi is reading this, indeed! Now I have read several historical fiction novels by Spanish authors and I usually find them very similar to each other.

The Privilege of the Sword: Retrieved 14 May Historical Fiction Romance Category: This article needs additional citations for verification. But The pillars, talcones a book! I was in the right place at the right time. You are commenting using your Facebook account. With time, Arnau prospers and falls secretly in love with a forbidden woman. Sign up to our newsletter using your email.


May 01, Minutes Young Adult Buy. That’ll come as a shock to my friends and family.

Cathedral of the Sea: Ildefonso Falcones

I don’t imagine Doubleday ccathedral publish his third novel. As a young man, Arnau joins the powerful guild of stoneworkers and helps to build the church with his own hands, while his best friend and adopted brother Joanet studies to become a priest.

At over pages, Cathedral of the Sea is a weighty book, but each of those pages is worthwhile. Arnau Estanyol arrives in Barcelona and joins the powerful guild of stone-workers building the magnificent cathedral idlefonso Santa Cahedral del Mar, while his adoptive brother Joan studies to become a priest. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. I thought overall, it was a horrifically enjoyable read and i definitely would recommend others reading it.

The book has been incredibly successful, after all, which means that lots of people have found things to enjoy in it that unfortunately just didn’t quite do it for me. Enthusiasm is always needed, but not excessive passion. La catedral del mar is a historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones.

May Learn how and when to remove this template message. When Arnau finds himself orphaned at the age of fourteen, he is willing to do whatever is necessary to support himself and his adopted brother, Ilrefonso.