Another rousing, moving historical adventure from Rosemary Sutcliff.
Title: Warrior Scarlet Series: No. Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Pages: 207 Published: 1958 Spoiler-free Synopsis: One-armed Drem desires to win acceptance and respect as a hunter in his tribe, but for that to happen he must prove his passage into manhood by killing a wild wolf on his own, and no one is allowed to help … Continue reading Book Review: “Warrior Scarlet” by Rosemary Sutcliff
Title: Tristan & Iseult Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Pages: 150 Published: 1971 Spoiler-free Synopsis: In the days of King Arthur, Tristan defeats Ireland’s champion and gains the friendship of his uncle, King Marc of Cornwall, who entrusts him with a mission: to sail the seas in search of a flame-haired queen. But a troublesome fate descends … Continue reading Book Review: “Tristan & Iseult” by Rosemary Sutcliff
Memetic modification is the order again. I neither want to spoil the “surprise” of my final choice for favorite book (which of course will not be “final” and could in fact end up being multiple books), nor limit myself to the impossible task of one favorite passage. Some of my favorite books, like The Lord … Continue reading Book Meme Day 17: My Favorite Quote From Some of My Favorite Books
The difficulty has been deciding whether my favorite male character is defined as the most admirable, or as the one in whom I am most interested as a person. I must go with the latter. He is not the most admirable, nor is he a model for how to live one’s life. His flaws are … Continue reading Book Meme Day 15: My Favorite Male Character
Title: The Eagle of the Ninth Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Series: No, though it forms a thematic trilogy with The Silver Branch and The Lantern Bearers. Published: 1954 Pages: 255 Spoiler-free Synopsis: Around A.D. 117, the Ninth Legion marched north of Agricola’s Wall to deal with an uprising of Scottish tribesmen and was never seen again. … Continue reading Book Review: “The Eagle of the Ninth” by Rosemary Sutcliff
Reading a new book of Sutcliff’s is like catching up on your friend’s life, while rereading one is like reminiscing about good old times.
The Eagle should appeal to movie-lovers who are frustrated with the way modern action movies prefer to ignore story and character in favor of rushing from bloody killing to bloody killing. It’s an exciting adventure that really does care about the characters and their relationship.
The young Roman Centurion Marcus is allowed to try out the team of black horses belonging to Cradoc, a British tribesman and charioteer: “[Marcus] took the team through every trick and test that their master ordered, until the moment came for a final burst of speed, and they were sweeping at full gallop round the … Continue reading Rosemary Sutcliff Describes the Thrill of Chariot-Racing