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Lion Heart (2014)

by Justin Cartwright(Favorite Author)
3.23 of 5 Votes: 4
1620401835 (ISBN13: 9781620401835)
Bloomsbury USA
review 1: I enjoyed this book. I guess I would really give it 3 1/2 stars, but it was very enjoyable none-the-less. One of my favorite kinds of books - one where there is a quest for some historical artifact or information, so that you learn a little something along the way, but this one goes a bit further than that. The personal story of the lead character was just improbable enough to be compelling and believable. I know that I seem to be damning it with faint praise, but... I liked it!
review 2: I enjoyed this book and stayed in my head for some time. One of the reasons for this is I couldn't work out what the book was about - until I realised that that was what the book was about, something about the nature of elusiveness. The present modern day protagonist is a bit
... moreof an upper class waster who gets by on the strength of privileged relationships whilst Richard the Lionheart is a hero/butcher - an English icon who couldn't speak English and lived most of his life in France. Both are "heroes on a quest" which is the dual plot line. However the cleverness in the book is that the connection between these quests, apart from both of them being after the same holy relic (which again isn't the original holy item), is that the nature of what is true and what is known is unclear. This doesn't mean that the nature of a compelling plot is sacrificed on the alter of postmodernism but that it seemed to me a clever and entertaining way of describing the messiness and uncertainty of life. The women in the book to me aren't as subtly drawn as the men but overall a very satisfying read. less
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Odd. Almost like a more realistic and scholarly Dan Brown book, albeit with an incest subplot!
Loved it. Not sure why.
This one won me over.
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