Book Review: Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
5 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / November 28, 2017

About: Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones is a fictional book taking place in 1300s Spain, Barcelona to be more accurate. The book was published in 2006 and has been translated by Nick Caistor. 611 pages Publisher: Penguin Group Language: English ISBN-10: 0525950486 My rating for Cathedral of the Sea– 5 Buy Cathedral of the Sea from Amazon.com* More Books by Ildefonso Falcones Thoughts: When I started reading Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones the book that immediately came to mind was Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, the general themes and times seemed to be very similar, but the storytelling is, of course, very different. The author does an excellent job moving the story along, even for such a large book. The descriptions of living a life, challenges, and classes of old Barcelona, as it is about to become a world center, are fascinating, engaging, and interesting. The author doesn’t paint Spain with rose colored glasses, he talks about bigotry, the horrible Inquisition (whose main job was the steal the money of the rich, not necessarily conversion), commerce, and economic inequality. On top of all those there are the issues people struggle with to this day, religion, morality, the everyday problems life throws at you and…

Fun Facts Friday: Carlo Collodi
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 24, 2017

The book is much darker than the 1940 Disney adaptation, in the novel Pinocchio gets hanged and stabbed by assassins – and that’s before you reach the half way mark. Mr. Collodi intended to finish the novel with the characters miserable death, the happy ending seems like and afterthought.

Fun Facts Friday: John P. Marquand
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 10, 2017

John P. Marquand (10 November, 1893 – 15 July, 1960 was an American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner. He is known for his spy stories featuring Mr. Moto. Books by John P. Marquand* 1)      Mr. Marquand was born in Wilmington, DE but grew up in the Massachusetts. 2)      He was the great-nephew of Margaret Fuller, a writer from the early 1800s who was an early advocate of women’s rights. She wrote the Woman in the Nineteenth Century which is considered the first major feminist work in the United States. 3)      Mr. Marquand went to Newburyport High School in Massachusetts, living in town with his aunt in a crumbling mansion. 4)      In high school, the future author was awarded a scholarship which allowed him attend Harvard College. 5)      As a graduate of the public school system, he was an outsider during his college years. He was turned down by the Harvard Crimson, the college paper, but was on the editorial board for the Harvard Lampoon. After college he was hired by The Boston Evening Transcript. 6)      During World War I, while in college, Mr. Marquand joined the Massachusetts National Guard, Battery A. 7)      Mr. Marquand’s writings focused on American society and the class dilemma of New England. A satire of Boston’s…

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