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Review Date: 9/10/2008
Helpful Score: 1
One of my favorite books, this is a beautiful and spare love story.
Review Date: 6/13/2011
Helpful Score: 2
This hovers between 3-4 stars. The story of two foster brothers, one noble and one not, who flee to Venice from early 1200s England, and then return to England as one is a master mason and his skills are needed to build a church.
It is a bit plodding in the execution, and definitely not a quick read. It was written in 1960, and it is evident in the styling. Having said that, the characters are well drawn, and the plot is very well woven. It is the first of a trilogy,and I will probably continue to read the rest.
Review Date: 3/16/2012
Helpful Score: 3
For background on this review, I have been Orthodox for 15 years. I have a Catholic background, am greatly appreciative of the liturgy and the devotions that I observed growing up, and if I were not Orthodox, would probably be Catholic.
However, there are theological reasons that I am not Catholic, and this book summarizes them very well. Unfortunately, this book is also written as much more of a rant than a catechism, has a terribly off-putting tone, and is just poorly written and edited. If I were exploring Orthodoxy and came across this book, I would run from instead of run to the church.
Although, I would like to say that the author has included several very interesting source texts that I greatly appreciated reading, and did find value in them. I'd recommend, however, getting your knowledge from the works cited, and not from this book.
(copied from my Goodreads review)
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