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Finding Camlann

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Despite the wealth of scholarship that pretends to offer proof, archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that a real King Arthur ever existed. Still, the great popular tales spun by medieval historian Geoffrey of Monmouth, and embroidered by Chrétien de Troyes, Sir Thomas Malory, and so many others, must have found their inspiration somewhere. A dramatic archaeological find at Stonehenge and the rediscovery of an old Welsh battle poem, buried among the manuscripts of the Bodleian Library, open up enticing — and misleading — new possibilities.

When the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a linguist working on the Oxford English Dictionary, joins Donald on the trail of clues, their fervent enthusiasms, unusual gifts, and unfulfilled yearnings prove a combustible mix. Their impassioned search for truths buried deep in the past, amid the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside, must ultimately transform them — and all our understandings of the origins of Arthur.

An intellectual and emotional journey of myriad pleasures, Finding Camlann is at its heart a love story — not only of romantic love but also the love between parents and grown children; the intense feelings of professors and students; the love of language, place, and home; and the thrill of scholarly research and detective work. Throughout, Sean Pidgeon’s lyrical prose brings together history, myth, and dream, sweeping the reader into the mysteries of the past and the pure delight of storytelling.

Review:

"Finding Camlann delivers a wallop of pleasure to both the head and the heart. It is suffused with an irresistible sense of mystery, its many paths, whether to the unknowable past or to the inner truth of those we love, disappearing into swirling fog." Rebecca Goldstein, author of Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction

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"Sean Pidgeon has given us an experience so rich and engrossing that attempts to slow my reading to savor the novel longer were foiled by the fact that I couldn't put it down. If you are not already excited by the fascinating legends and vibrant scholarship around King Arthur, you will be once beginning Finding Camlann." Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club

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"Beautifully written, intelligent, and ingenious, with an unusual lyricism and a wonderful feeling for the depth of time." Gillian Bradshaw, author of The Hawk of May

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"Finding Camlann is a lovely book, simultaneously an emotional and a historical journey. It finds new things to say about the legend of King Arthur, and says them in a touching and compelling contemporary tale of love." Iain Pears, author of An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Dream of Scipio

Synopsis:

An ancient poem and a mysterious burial inspire an enthralling historical and literary quest.

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About the Author

Sean Pidgeon is a reference publisher at John Wiley & Sons. Born and raised in the UK, he now lives in New Jersey with his American wife and children.

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Gold Gato, November 11, 2014 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
Merlin...Rebellion...Wales!

This should have been a mind-bending read. Alas, it wasn't for me. It was a trudge, a trudge I say! My initial perception while standing in the bookshop was, oh wow look at the neat cover. A coal-black raven with a scarlet sash holding a golden ring. And when you move the book slightly, the cover seems to come alive! What is this? An Arthurian re-hab? Bam, purchased.

How can you mess up a story about an archaeological search for clues from the Battle of Camlann, where King Arthur was mortally wounded? This book was just an exercise in the banal existences of snotty university elites who bemoan their loveless marriages and seem to have to drive everywhere. I mean, c'mon, Wales isn't that big. You drive in, you drive out (at least one character stops for books).

It's not all sloggy. The author creates a poem which leads to clues about ancient Welsh figures, and there's a side story about the bombing of a Welsh dam, nationalism in Wales, and pre-historic barrows. Somehow, it just never tied up for me. When it finally became intriguing, one quick paragraph ended the momentary excitement. Ah, well. There's always that raven on the cover.

Book Season = Autumn (season of long-falling shadows)
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Susan Chipman, November 27, 2013 (view all comments by Susan Chipman)
Ledgends! Myths! Even a little romance! This intriguing story offers another explanation of the mystery that is Arthur. It meanders through the rugged Welsh countryside, pokes into ancient burial mounds and makes an archaelogical discovery or two. While the action isn't edge of your seat, the reader will find him or herself waiting impatiently to find out what comes next. It is a thoughtful and enjoyable read. It also leaves the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.
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Elizabeth Finley, April 1, 2013 (view all comments by Elizabeth Finley)
This is a quick paced 'mystery' with an absolutely delightful cast of characters. Set in Wales and Oxford England, Sean takes the reader on a journey to find Arthur's final resting place in Northern Wales. The imagery that is used is realistic and could almost be used for a visitors guide. I will now have to visit Northern Wales. The story line is not contrived or far fetched, but rather based on careful research. Sean's characters have realistic responses to the situations the find themselves. He presents the history of Wales in a very concise and loving manner so that the casual reader understands the complicated nature of the England v Wales politics that make the Welsh what they are today.
Well done mate!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393240153
Author:
Pidgeon, Sean
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
24.384 x 16.764 mm

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393240153 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Finding Camlann delivers a wallop of pleasure to both the head and the heart. It is suffused with an irresistible sense of mystery, its many paths, whether to the unknowable past or to the inner truth of those we love, disappearing into swirling fog."
"Review" by , "Sean Pidgeon has given us an experience so rich and engrossing that attempts to slow my reading to savor the novel longer were foiled by the fact that I couldn't put it down. If you are not already excited by the fascinating legends and vibrant scholarship around King Arthur, you will be once beginning Finding Camlann."
"Review" by , "Beautifully written, intelligent, and ingenious, with an unusual lyricism and a wonderful feeling for the depth of time."
"Review" by , "Finding Camlann is a lovely book, simultaneously an emotional and a historical journey. It finds new things to say about the legend of King Arthur, and says them in a touching and compelling contemporary tale of love."
"Synopsis" by , An ancient poem and a mysterious burial inspire an enthralling historical and literary quest.
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