Book Reviews of The Forest

The Forest
The Forest
Author: Edward Rutherfurd
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ISBN-13: 9780345441782
ISBN-10: 0345441788
Publication Date: 7/3/2001
Pages: 784
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 92 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
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: 7
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
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: 5
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: 4
Edward Rutherfurd supplies a very thorough historical background to this passionate fictional story that is worth exploring.
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Helpful Score: 2
In the style of James Michener, Edward Rutherford takes a location and washes the history with broad strokes of a fine painter's brush. In The Forest, he covers 900 hears in the history of a woodland in Southern England, telling its history through six fictional families from all walks of life.
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Helpful Score: 2
A captivating story that covers nine centuries in the lives of several families and their descendants of the New Forest. The book contains love, deceit, courage and action as well as the well researched historical information that Edward Rutherford always brings to his novels. A great read!
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Helpful Score: 2
story of six families over a span of hundreds of years in england. interesting read. very long - almost 800 pages
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Helpful Score: 2
Rutherfurd's novels are tops - this one covers 900 years in the history of the New Forest a 100,000 acre woodland in southern England. As entertaining as SARUM and LONDON.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the second of Ruthfurd's books that I've read. Upon recommendation of a friend I picked them up and am happy I did. The writing is beautiful and forms the scene without overkill of detail. I like the sense of being transported through time as the 'forest' evolves and the dynamics of the people and the changes of the times trespass into its tranquility. In some places I laughed as, though I grew up in an area where there is an abundance of woods and hunting is 'the' sport, I learned more about forest life than I perhaps ever wanted to know. Great characters with engaging stories makes it almost like a collection of short stories which makes it less daunting to undertake during the school term, but sometimes it's hard to put it down and you feel compelled to read on!
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I thoroughly enjoyed Edward Rutherford's book, The Forest, so much so, that I have requested two more of his titles. It is the story of 'the forest' in England, and covers 1,000 years. It merges history with fiction perfectly.
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The writing of "The Forest" is very rich and detailed. It is interesting to get glimpses of English history from each chapter but I found it confusing that each chapter is actually a different "book". I was expecting the storyline to flow from start to finish. Instead each chapter introduces new characters and a new era in English history.

Overall the book is interesting and full of descriptions.
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Big, sweeping epic. I liked this period read.
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A good historical novel, if you can keep reading at it every day. The book is about the families of the Forest and their lives down through the ages from 1099 through 2000. It's a very interesting and informative read. Altho the characters are fictitious I believe the history of the forest is roughly true. There's some humorous aspects in the book as well.
As always, Edward Rutherford writes a great historical novel; very entertaining and informative.
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Interesting subject and well written.
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Wonderful story
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Great saga book
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Excellent book based on the history of The New Forest of England. Tales of love and honor, deceit and violence, inheritance and loss
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One of the best novels I've ever read! This author writes epics similar to James Mitchner