Friday, January 09, 2009

The Talisman



The last book on my reading list for 2008 was Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Talisman.

It's been a long time since I've read any books by Scott. In fact, I think the only books I've read by him are Ivanhoe and Kenilworth. That was over thirty years ago.

This book was different. It did involve knights, fights, fair ladies, maidens and honor, but it was set in the 12th century and featured King Richard of England and Sir Kenneth of Scotland (among others) on a Crusade in Palestine. To tell too much would spoil the story, as there is a lot of disguise and people and things revealed (several times over) to be something or someone other than what they seem to be.

The main thing I found interesting was the sympathetic way in which Walter Scott portrayed many of the Muslim characters, especially in a novel featuring Crusaders.

It was a good book, but I didn't love it the way I did Ivanhoe.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Thanks for the review. I've been debating whether to read Ivanhoe or not. I probably will at some point this year... or next. :)

Robin

11:10 AM  
Blogger Krakovianka said...

Just wanted to drop by and say *thank you* so much for the Ecclesiastes reference you gave me for The House of Mirth. It makes perfect sense now!

Your TBR list for 2009 looks interesting. I've had my eye on a couple of those titles, so I hope I catch your thoughts on them when you read them.

11:45 AM  

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