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by Simon Acland

  • ISBN: 0825300681
  • Category: Action and Adventure
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Simon Acland
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1st edition (March 4, 2013)
  • Pages: 384
  • ePub book: 1553 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1878 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 476

Description

The Waste Land chronicles the adventures of Hugh de Verdon, monk turned knight, during the extraordinary historical events of the First Crusade. He journeys from the great Benedictine Monastery of Cluny to Constantinople, Antioch and Jerusalem. Acland depicts medieval warfare in all its gory detail but also paints a relistic and sympathetic picture of a sheltered young man trying to find his place in a violent world.

The Waste Land chronicles the adventures of Hugh de Verdon, a monk turned knight, during the extraordinary historical events .

The Waste Land chronicles the adventures of Hugh de Verdon, a monk turned knight, during the extraordinary historical events of the First Crusade. When Hugh's father and brothers perish in a hunt run amok. He was managing director of Quester, one of Britain's most active early-stage technology investors, and non-executive director of 25 companies in its portfolio. He has been involved with many successful trade sales and IPOs; he's also experienced failures and learned from them.

The greatest strength of The Waste Land is Acland's lovely prose and his attention to detail, both of which help to create a strong sense of time and place

The greatest strength of The Waste Land is Acland's lovely prose and his attention to detail, both of which help to create a strong sense of time and place. Through Hugh, Acland is able to bring to life some of the personalities, places and events of the First Crusade. The sections of the novel set in Constantinople and Antioch are particularly well done. Hugh is a well-developed character, and I enjoyed watching him come into his own as the novel progressed.

In June 2010 Acland's first novel, The Waste Land, was published by Charlwood Books. A sequel, The Flowers of Evil, followed in July 2011

In June 2010 Acland's first novel, The Waste Land, was published by Charlwood Books. A sequel, The Flowers of Evil, followed in July 2011

Author: Simon Acland. The Waste Land tells the story of Hugh de Verdon, monk turned knight in the first Crusade. On his actual and spiritual journey he discovers the truth behind the Holy Grail.

Author: Simon Acland. Suspense, humour, mystery and literature combine in this gripping, original tale. Published by Charlwood Books.

Authors: Simon Acland, Simon Acland. The Waste Land (Paperback). Read full description.

All the characters in this novel are fictitious or are historical figures whose words and actions are fictitious. Any other resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental

The Waste Land chronicles the adventures of Hugh de Verdon, a monk turned knight, during the extraordinary historical events of the First Crusade

The Waste Land chronicles the adventures of Hugh de Verdon, a monk turned knight, during the extraordinary historical events of the First Crusade. When Hugh's father and brothers perish in a hunt run amok, his mother enters him into the great Benedictine monastery of Cluny. Hugh had dreamed of becoming a hunter and knight like his father, but despite his original reluctance, he works diligently, learning Latin, Greek and Scripture. He quickly gains the respect of the monks and abbot, who begin to entrust him with increasingly important duties.

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The Waste Land chronicles the adventures of Hugh de Verdon, a monk turned knight, during the extraordinary historical events of the First Crusade. When Hugh's father and brothers perish in a hunt run amok, his mother enters him into the great Benedictine monastery of Cluny. Hugh had dreamed of becoming a hunter and knight like his father, but despite his original reluctance, he works diligently, learning Latin, Greek and Scripture. He quickly gains the respect of the monks and abbot, who begin to entrust him with increasingly important duties. However, he has a serious fall from grace within the monastery when he is caught secretly reading the works of Ovid, as the monks (aptly) fear that the material will exacerbate his spiritual doubts. When he accompanies the abbot on a trip to meet with Pope Urban II, Hugh encounters a long-lost cousin, Lord Godfrey who is off to lead troops into the First Crusade. Hugh persuades the abbot and Godfrey to allow him to serve as Godfrey's secretary and translator, and the dramas of Hugh's life escalate from spiritual to worldly and violent. In his travels to battles in Antioch, Constantinople and Jerusalem, the warrior blood in Hugh's veins awakens. He learns to wield a sword against foes ranging from Muslim soldiers to boars. He also becomes invaluable to Godfrey, due to the watchfulness and cunning he displays in subtle defense against plots from other factions of the soldiers. However, he must struggle with the contradictions between his faith and his actions, as well as reconcile the religious motives he wishes to attribute to the Pope with the material concerns of the Christian knights. Eventually, Hugh find himself in numerous hostile situations that he must think his way out of -- and ends up imprisoned by Turks, and unwillingly involved in an urgent search for the Holy Grail. Will he find it in time to rescue his love? And if he does, what will the discovery mean for his faith, the Crusades, and all of Christendom? Hugh de Verdon's tale is retold by a group of desperate Oxford professors, reworking his autobiographical manuscript into a bestseller in hopes of making enough money to save the university. But tensions run high when it comes to the different professors- investments in the manuscript, and the situation escalates dangerously to a matter of life and death. Snarky, tongue-in-cheek and thrilling, their narrative also provides a commentary on the 11th century events and shows that they are perhaps not all they seem.

Comments

Akinonris Akinonris
Doing a little poking around about Mr. Acland, I learned that this book was his first novel. That was surprising because it's so well done. It's one heck of a debut.

Acland has a nice writing style, an erudite tone (where appropriate), and the story's well-paced as well as well-researched. It includes a bibliography; you don't see that often with a novel - even with historical novels. (I don't recall that Gore Vidal ever did that.)

The story is a mythological/historical tale about a young monk-turned-knight who participated in the first European religious crusade into modern-day Turkey, Syria and Palestine. The mythological aspects take a little work to swallow but the history seems to be pretty solid. (I'll admit, though, that I'm not particularly fit to judge historical accuracy, since I haven't read much of the history of the Crusades.)

The characterization is first-rate, the dialog is well-written, and the editing is excellent. This book is a great example of what a Kindle Daily Deal book can be. Apparently, this book has been out in paperback for a couple of years but the Kindle version is a recent release.

What I particularly liked was the frame story structure that Acland used. Small parts of the book are about modern day characters and their relationship to the much larger parts that took place in the late 11th century. Acland handled this approach very well, I thought.

In short, I'm hard pressed to think of anything I *didn't* like about this book. Recommended!
Gorisar Gorisar
GREAT read for those who enjoy historical fiction. I enjoyed the multiple plots involving multiple times. Immediately after finishing The Waste Land I purchased its sequel, The Flowers of Evil. There is no doubt that The Flowers will provide another elevated reading experience. I am deeply grateful to the author, Simon Acland, for creating these intriguing and entertaining tales. Many thanks Sir.
Daigami Daigami
Was decent. Very well written - some of the characters lacked depth and was kind of sketchy on the plot. Just my suspension of disbelief was challenged.
The Apotheoses of Lacspor The Apotheoses of Lacspor
I thououghly enjoyed th book and would have given it 5 stars except that it appears to be the begginning of a series. I'm not sure thay I'll continue the reading of the series at this time so it will be a long time before I know what happens to the hero. The idea of going back and forth berween two related ( but hundreds of years apart) increased the enjoyment of the main story.
Kanek Kanek
I thought it was well written but not really like anything I usually read. It doesn't really interest me enough to read another book like it.
just one girl just one girl
Start with an author few of us except English lit majors have read (Ovid's complete works), add a little known french author (Crestian) who began the Percival and the holy grail search. To that add an ancient manuscript prior to Crestien's time. The plot is mind boggling but so very addictive. They switch from present day and the greek translation to the time of the Crusades and a last son's search for the mystery of extended life. Although, honestly as many setbacks as he has makes one wonder if longer life is the gift it seems. In any event it appears there is a follow up and I am in. This guy can juggle 6 plots with the best of them...shu
Eyalanev Eyalanev
no joy or educational benefit in this read
Good story with the jumps between the college and the Crusade. Wished it had gone a little further without waiting for the sequel.