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Finding Camlann


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ISBN13: 9780393240153
ISBN10: 0393240150
Condition: Standard
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Gold Gato, November 11, 2014 (view all comments by Gold Gato)

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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windwright, March 17, 2013 (view all comments by windwright)
I found this book an interesting mix of romance (family, place and man to woman), travel log, academic disciplines related to history, history (religious, political & societal) and language. At times it was so lovingly intermixed it was hard to separate true history from fiction. I was experiencing the same ideology and romantic inclinations as the characters of the book. How does one separate fact, fact by consensuses and romantic hypothesis? This a book about love. Romance all along the spectrum, all very personal in how it evolves in each character.

I do not fault the author in his momentary lapses into the bland or mundane. He has a lot going on in the book; a juggler with a lot of balls in the air. Even the juggler needs calming intermissions ;-)

Being from the other side of the "pond" I so enjoyed a glimpse into the tension of being Welsh in a British (English) dominant society. King Arthur means a lot more to me know than the idealized Disney or other light and fluffy rendition. It is about a time and place as much as the Iliad.
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Sobri, February 16, 2013 (view all comments by Sobri)
I loved this book. I honestly loved it. And I can't attribute that giddy hedonism I felt in the dark nights that I devoured it to one factor alone. I must account for them all, for their part. Wonderful and heart-aching, etched with a timeless and beautiful kind of tragedy that made it feel indicatively Welsh. It made me pine for home.
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Pidgeon, Sean
W. W. Norton & Company
Literature-A to Z
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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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