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A Booke of Days: A Novel of the Crusades (Anglais) Broché – 26 janvier 1998

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A Booke of Days In "A Booke of Days", Rivele brilliantly recreates the First Crusade of 1096, a brutal, ungodly expedition of greed and conquest. "An absorbing and intelligent look at a fascinating period of history".--"Publishers Weekly". Full description

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 17 mars 2015
Par Carole Tandey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The books a present for my husband on our anniverasry next month
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Wholly Improbable 5 juin 2001
Par Paul McGrath - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
If you want to write well about long ago events and far away places, you not only have to make an effort to get inside the minds of your characters, you also have to have a very firm grasp of the prevailing wisdom of the times. For example, most of us would agree that Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were great men, but most of us would also agree that these men--along with the rest of their society--had particular views of the institution of slavery and black people in general which today we would find repugnant.

The next key is that when you get to this point, you must resist the urge to make present-day moral judgements about long-ago behavior. It is simply not possible to expect that human beings of two-hundred--much less a thousand years ago, which is when this book takes place--would have the same sensibilities that we do currently. For some reason, the author of this novel fails to understand this seemingly simple concept, and as a result his creation is both forgettable and unimportant.

It is the story of Roger, a French nobleman, and his journey to the mid-East as part of the first Crusade in the year 1096. He recounts his travels from France to the Holy Land for the purpose of taking Jerusalem back from the infidel Turks, who had several years earlier prevented Christians from visiting this city. All of the members of Roger's group believe they are on a holy mission to free the city, and all express a desire to ultimately pray at the Sepulchre of Christ.

The narrative is written in the first person and Roger recounts all of the horrors perpetrated by his men first against other groups of Christians, and then eventually against the Turks and whoever else got in their way. Along the way he discovers that just about everything he has ever learned in his life is wrong. The Turks, see, they're really not bad people, like he'd been taught. No, they're clean, and decent, and even wise! In fact, he even falls in love with one! Same with the Jews. That one guy, he wasn't a mean old horrible cheat, he was actually fair in his dealings with Roger's men! And his daughter, that beautiful girl, brought his men flowers one day! And this even though years before some vicious Christians came and murdered this nice old man's wife and son!

Roger makes the amazing discovery that many of his own leaders, religious and otherwise, are corrupt and have come on the mission for no other reason than to line their own pockets. Also, that his people are just as bloodthirsty as the heathens. Here is a revelatory comment by one of his pals: " . . . we'll move on to Antioch and besiege the place, and when we've reduced it, we'll kill every living thing inside, just as God intended." Gee, that's not nice! He's a bad man! A bad Christian man!

Predictably, and not long after, he begins to question his faith. "Perhaps I, too, ought to take heed of what I eat, and learn from these infidels," he says. Here is an unbelievable--and gratuitously offensive--comment by another of his buddies: "We take the c*** of God inside us and we try to hold it there . . . women are the whores of men, but men are the whores of God!" About two-thirds of the way through Roger even begins to question whether it is appropriate that the Church prevents divorce! The only surprise at this point is that he doesn't mention abortion or homosexual marriage, although you get the feeling he would have liked to try. Finally, after all of the cities destroyed, all of the heads chopped off, all of the women raped, and all of the children tortured, he gets to the Sepulchre and finds that, yep, you guessed it, it's empty. What a surprise. You don't exactly have to be a genius to appreciate the thickly slopped-on symbolism.

Look, nobody's defending the actions of Christian armies in the days of the Crusades. Actions taken by purported Christians over the centuries were often as vile as any group of people who ever lived. But to superimpose the kind of thinking we enjoy today on to the actions of those who lived a thousand years ago is preposterous. People in the middle-ages were ignorant, uneducated, and totally dominated by the Catholic Church. Variance with its teachings was practically unthinkable.

The author expects us to believe that in one short lifetime one man, Roger, achieved the sort of spiritual and intellectual enlightenment that it took the greatest men in history centuries to formulate and attain. Obviously, this is not possible, and as a result his novel is flawed at its core. One might even legitimately wonder whether his real purpose is only to make a not-so thinly-veiled attack on the Catholic Church. Perhaps not. But either way, it makes for crummy fiction.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 I wish I could get back the time I wasted reading this. 16 février 2014
Par Yenner Mot - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
At first it started somewhat interesting, so I kept reading even though it was rather boring and I don't like diary format. Then it was just getting worse and worse, idiotic and unbelievable plot twists, pathetic love story, terrible writing. How many times did this writer repeat that the character went into "a house with a low door"? Over a hundred times I am sure. What does that even mean? What kind of idiotic expression is that? And why is a supposedly smart and educated woman calling the man she loves Faranj because she still can't pronounce "French" or his actual name "Roger". And the ending was the most idiotic of all, it hinted that Roger died without actually having children that he raised himself, so then how is the author supposed to be his descendant?

The were a few good parts and descriptions here and there, but overall this was just bad.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A question of faith 12 février 2007
Par Shawn Marchinek - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is a novel that makes you think. I am a fan of history and this story is about Roger, Duke of Lonely from Southern France. It is written to read like his diary. Because of the events his early life and marriage he believes he has sinned to such an extreme that he must join a religious army to march to Jerusalem. There to defeat the Turks and pray at Christ's tomb. On this march he joins Normans and others from Northern Europe. This quest is to become known to history as the first crusade. I love history but I am unfamiliar with this era. I learned a lot. In the story, Roger begins his march with a sense of self righteousness. As his journey progresses towards Jerusalem and he encounters the Turks he begins to fight a battle within. He sees his own men suffer disease and horrors of war. The lines are blurred as the atrocities the Turks are accused of are committed over and over by the Christian armies as they conquer cities along the way. Rape, torture, murder, and greed are rampant. Who is the enemy and who is the savior? Who is earning their place in heaven and who is going to hell? These questions haunt Roger as he begins to question his faith and the Turks become a people and not a plague. This novel may not be totally historically accurate but it sure makes a person think. I thought about faith. I am reminded that every story has two sides. Most of all I am reminded that you have to walk in those shoes before you pass judgment. A good book to challenge your mind and beliefs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Fictionalized History 13 décembre 2002
Par Dr Noodle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The fictionalised diary of Duke Roger of Lunel, who travels on the First Crusade to assuage the guilt of his sins. Rivele presents the work as a translation of a long-lost manuscript written by his fictional ancestor, Roger l'Escrivel.
This an excellent novel. I especially liked it because it closely followed historical events. If you want a purely historical account of the events of the time read Steven Runciman's non-fiction historical account entitled
"A History of the Crusades: Volume 1, The First Crusade and the Foundation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem" (ISBN 052134770X). For a work of history, Runciman is very easy to read and I recommend reading it in conjunction with Rivele's novel.
Rivele adds the fictional interpersonal intrigue and day-to-day details necessary to turn an historical account into a novel that is highly enjoyable and fascinating to read. Although done very well, there are one or two modern colloquialisms that I didn't like. For example, one of the knights saying of a colleague that he was "as giddy as a schoolgirl" didn't seem to make sense in the context of the times the novel was set. However, there are only a few of those and I suppose the intent is to relate to the modern reader.
The main character, Roger, faces all manner of moral delimmas some of which would certainly only be considered by "modern man", however, it is exactly these dilemmas that make the novel a riveting and enjoyable read for the modern reader.
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