Company of Liars
In this extraordinary novel, Karen Maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—an ingenious alchemy of history, mystery, and powerful human drama. The year is 1348. The Black Plague grips the country. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers,... show more
In this extraordinary novel, Karen Maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—an ingenious alchemy of history, mystery, and powerful human drama. The year is 1348. The Black Plague grips the country. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers, brought together by chance, attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward them.Each member of this motley company has a story to tell. From Camelot, the relic-seller who will become the group’s leader, to Cygnus, the one-armed storyteller . . . from the strange, silent child called Narigorm to a painter and his pregnant wife, each has a secret. None is what they seem. And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all—propelling these liars to a destiny they never saw coming.Magical, heart-quickening, and raw, Company of Liars is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.
Publish date: October 2008
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages no: 453
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
A small group of people, thrown together by chance (or was it chance – is there such a thing as chance when the runes seem to foretell all that happens?), make their way north in an attempt to outrun the plague, the Great Mortality, known later as The Black Death, which arrived on the south coast of...
I’ve not read much historical fiction; what I have is limited to a particular historical figure, and I attributed my interest to this. So picking up a novel where my knowledge of the time period was limited was a little a daunting. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. Turns out it was brilliant. It’...
bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery-thriller, plague-disease, books-with-a-passport Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: vivienne Read in May, 2008 An enjoyable and mildly supernatural romp through superstitious and pestilent times; some of those story lines were easy to see through but that didn't ...
I think the cover of this book first attracted my attention to it while browsing in my local bookstore. It stuck out from the crowd so I read the blurb and took it home with me (after paying for it, of course). It's a kind of medieval road movie with a bit of murder and mystery thrown in. Actually, ...
way too heavy for me, so I couldn't finish the book.