Cathedral of the Sea, by Ildefonso Falcones, trans. Nick Caistor. Rich and racy homage to old Catalonia. Reviewed by Michael Eaude; Friday. Cathedral of the Sea is a historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones. The action takes place in 14th century Barcelona at the height of the city’s. Buy *Cathedral of the Sea* by Ildefonso Falcones online, Cathedral of the Sea Ildefonso Falcones Dutton Hardcover pages. May rated 4 1/2 of 5.

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Now, on the 21st of February, he will publish his third book, which will be on sale simultaneously in Spain, Latin America and the United States. With time, Arnau prospers and falls dalcones in love with a forbidden woman. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here At over pages, Cathedral of the Sea is a weighty book, but each of those pages is worthwhile.

Cathedral of the Sea: Ildefonso Falcones

falones Of course, this is just a book, not real life but there are various ways of overcoming adversity, not only the one advocated by political correctness. Please, please, do recommend some other books. Had I not felt honour-bound to finish it, I would have put it aside after the first hundred pages.

As our protagonist, Arnau shows a worrying lack of initiative: I really enjoyed The Pillars of the Earth and its sequel, and I think I expected this to be as gripping as that; although I agree with your point that the characters in Pillars were either good or evil, and got their comeuppance in a non-entirely-realistic way it’s so much more interesting when they’re more complicated characters!

I only want people to be ssa. That was the clue to its success. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

From the life illdefonso peasants and nobility, to warfare, lf politics and the Church, the painstaking research that went into creating Cathedral of the Sea is obvious. Have read some of the Spanish text too and the translation is a pretty faithful reflection of the original style.

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First of all, this is not my first novel. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. As a young man, Arnau joins the powerful guild of stoneworkers and helps to build the church with his own hands, while his best friend and adopted brother Joanet studies to become a priest.


War, threat of starvation, plague and the Inquisition are all keys plot points in the novel. The book is set in fourteenth-century Barcelona, where the fugitive serf Bernat Estanyol and his infant son Arnau — on the run from their overbearing lord — come to seek shelter with his sister and her husband, the successful potter Caathedral Puig.

The book is set in Barcelona and its main character is Sex Estanyol, the son of a fugitive serf and one of the cathedral’s stone workers, [4] who obtains freedom and eventually achieves a high status in society.

I have read the book years ago, and I liked it very much. I hadn’t heard of The Hand of Fatima until Isi mentioned it, but since then Amazon has recommended it to me and so I ildefonsso firmly said ‘no thanks’.

And I value your opinion in particular on such matters, so I’m glad to hear you had the same kind of reaction as I did. For more detalis, see Read more. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Arnau Estanyol arrives in Barcelona and joins the powerful guild of stone-workers building the magnificent cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar, while his adoptive brother Joan studies to become a priest.

I remember it like a light reading in terms of language, so yes, it’s quite simple. He lives in Barcelona… More about Ildefonso Falcones. With over seven million copies sold, his work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. His newfound status excites jealousy from his friends who plot his downfall with devastating consequences. Well, first of all, an advert: His faith is often tested, and while he questions why certain things have happened to him or others, he never wavers in his faith to the Virgin Mary.

Throughout the whole book, I found the style pedestrian, stilted and dull. They are all, almost literally, angels or whores. As time goes by, you change things, rip up others and start again. As an infant, his mother lost to him, his father flees the tyranny of the ruthless noble who owns the land his family has farmed for generations to Barcelona with the hope that Arnau will grow up as a free man.


Isi is reading this, indeed! Phew; I was beginning to think it was just me! Arnau is entirely devoted to the church and its Virgin from a young age, when he naively adopts the Virgin Mary as a substitute mother for the one he has lost.

But when he is betrayed and hauled before the Inquisitor, he finds himself face-to-face with Joanet. When he is betrayed and hauled before the Inquisitor, he finds himself face-to-face with his own brother.

This book took me five years of hard work. The details of the book are astounding. The treatment of the female characters was particularly infuriating. Enthusiasm is always needed, but not excessive passion. I think it is mainly because he is a Catholic and this has so much Catholicism, it must’ve felt like another service.

Also, the novel turned out to be very attractive to the reader. For Aledis, see above. Over the coming years this faith and loyalty to the church will give him an anchor in a life full of trials, not least among which is the growing antipathy of his Puig cousins, who are determined to do all they can to undermine this upstart son of a serf, but which also include war, the moral and financial challenges of business, the Inquisition and the Black Death.

Thank you, ‘the Mond’, for offering another take on the book. But The pillars, what a book! Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree: I do think it’s great, however, that historical fiction is being written about this period in Spain. Yes, I have some of them in the drawer. Despite your comments, I’m afraid that I’m going to have to stick with my original position: Regardless of the endemic misogyny of the 14th century, Falcones gives no indication that his women are living, thinking, independent human beings who simply have the misfortune to live in an unenlightened age.