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The Forest
The Forest
Author: Edward Rutherfurd
With their local customs little changed since medieval times, the Forest people - represented in the story by the Albions, the Tottons, the Prides, Puckles and Furzeys - have roots that go back to time immemorial. — The tale opens with the mysterious killing of William the Conqueror's son Rufus, and the story of a deer. Down the centuries, a ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345447227
ISBN-10: 0345447220
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 784
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
Wonderful read. I learned so much I never knew before about so many things, and the story line is compelling. It was hard to put this book down to go to sleep, so I found myself doing with less sleep till I finished it. It was well worth the sleep loss. Fantastic detail.
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Helpful Score: 6
Some books you read, and you are entertained. Books by Edward Rutherford I like to savor. Painstakingly researched. For historical fiction fans, and for people who like a good story, you can get completely immersed in this book.
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Helpful Score: 5
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre, and this book captivated me from the beginning. The author traces several generations of families throughout this particular section of England. He not only spoke of the people but of the forest creatures, and indeed, the forest itself. He goes into a lot of detail much as Michener does in his books, but it held my interest, and I came away with a better understanding of what life was like from the 1500s to the 1800s in rural England.
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Helpful Score: 4
Very interesting look at the common people of a certain area of England over a 900 year period. History in story form. I found it quite interesting.
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Helpful Score: 3
Edward Rutherfurd supplies a very thorough historical background to this passionate fictional story that is worth exploring.
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The Amazon review:
"As he did most recently--and with greater success--in London, Rutherfurd offers a sweeping picture of an area of England by focusing on a few families who lived there. This time he concentrates on the New Forest, part of the southern coast of England bounded by the English Channel. Rutherfurd traces the lives of peasants, smugglers, churchmen, woodsmen, and upper-class families from the 11th to the 20th centuries. These assorted men and women take part in the events surrounding the death of King Rufus (William the Conqueror's son), the failure of the Spanish Armada, England's Civil War, and more. Rutherfurd has always used his characters more as placeholders in history than as living human beings, but those in The Forest are particularly one-dimensional. That, plus the annoyingly Michener-like didactic tone of the narrative, makes this a hard book to recommend, even for fans of Rutherfurd. Still, readers looking for a fictional overview of English history will find it here in spades."

This is a good book, not quite as good as London, though, in my opinion.