This will be my second go-round with Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books. These long-ago stories with this very interesting monk take me on a journey to a foreign land where I feel I have been before. RIP, Ms. Peters. I miss your vivid storytelling and wish you were still with us.
A fun story featuring a medieval monk with a past. I really enjoyed this visit of Olde England, the myths, the travel. The villagers of Gwytherin are a wonderful group.
There's not much I can say without giving away a mystery. The adventures of Father Cadfael and the others is a fun, human, warm story of murder, friendship, faith, hope, truth.
This story ,being the first in the chronicles,must be approached in the knowledge that brother Cadfael had just begun his fictional life.His character develops with each respective story,as do all the characters who repeatedly survive from chronicle to chronicle.The more one gets to know Cadfael with each successive story, the more endearing or distasteful he becomes.Some may find him to be thoroughly unacceptable for his order,others, that he is too sanguine.
Regardless of how one embraces Cadfael,Ms.Pargeter was an accurate historian and researcher so any history lover will find the chronicles an absorbing journey.She was also a devoted linguist so old fashioned in her language which will require a good dictionary be kept nearby and the interest there to use it.These are remarkable stories if one is prepared to persevere with them.
Having seen a number of good recommendations for this novel, I looked forward to reading it, but alas I couldn't get into the story. I say this regretfully since I don't easily give up on books. It doesn't help that the narrative takes its time to get going, with this Brother talking to that Prior using a stilted, high language. Even the words themselves feel slow.
Not necessarily a bad book, just not for me.
I labored a bit to get through this short book. Brother Cadfael is clever, and mildly irreverent. The book succeeded in surprising me with the end, but other aspects of the story, specifically, the characters were not as engaging.
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