"Ivanhoe" (1819) was the first of Scott's novels to adopt a purely English subject and was also his first attempt to combine history and romance, which later influenced Victorian medievalism. Set at the time of the Norman Conquest, "Ivanhoe" returns from the Crusades to claim his inheritance and... show more
"Ivanhoe" (1819) was the first of Scott's novels to adopt a purely English subject and was also his first attempt to combine history and romance, which later influenced Victorian medievalism. Set at the time of the Norman Conquest, "Ivanhoe" returns from the Crusades to claim his inheritance and the love of Rowena and becomes involved in the struggle between Richard Coeur de Lion and his Norman brother John. The gripping narrative is structured by a series of conflicts: Saxon versus Norman, Christian versus Jew, men versus women, played out against Scott's unflinching moral realism.
Publish date: October 1st 2000
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
...le mieux est l'ennemi du bien.
This was a re-read for me, and I do have to admit that I have either become more generous with my ratings or this one deserved higher the first time. Bumping it from 3 to 4 stars, I feel that this book is more fairly rated even if I still didn't enjoy it as much as I would expect to like a story ful...
You know what's weird? I spent three whole weeks getting through this 600-page novel, yet when I finished, I managed to reread half of it in the space of 12 hours. (That is, if going over all my favorite parts out of order counts as rereading.)So yeah, this was a challenging novel, but it was mostly...
Już widok tego grubaśnego dzieła informuje nas - "raczej nie pochłoniesz mnie w ciągu jednego dnia". I racja. Nie da się pochłonąć. Książka "staje w gardle" momentami. Szczególnie na początku, gdy trzeba przywyknąć do bardzo długich opisów nie wnoszących za wiele do postępu akcji. I za bardzo nie mo...
I have finished. Hallelujah and Amen. I would like to thank the following, as I couldn't have done it without you: Google books, Long hold times at work, my coffee machine, sparknotes, and last, but not least, the librarians that put Ivanhoe on the suggested reading for the Mid-Contine...