|The Cloister And The Hearth: Charles Reade
||[Jun. 22nd, 2018|12:41 pm]
I love this book. Yes, it has flaws- but I'd rather call them quirks- and what novel of this scope and ambition is without them? It's enormous, it gives you a world, it has adventure, pathos, comedy, romance and ideas- and it's full of people you're happy to spend time with- from a ribald Burgundian barmaid to a worldly-wise Renaissance Pope. |
And imagine my surprise and pleasure when
Frodo Gerard finally reaches Rome and there falls in with Fra Francesco Colonna- the renaissance polymath also known as Poliphilo, my namesake- and he turns out to be the most delightful person.
Thank you for the review and recommendation! I hadn't heard of this novel, though I see through a little research that it's an important one, and I look forward to reading it.
I read it first as a child. I loved it then- but think much of it must have gone over my head because it's not a children's book.
Well, how about that? Good old Poliphilo!
I just finished Shirley (which, sadly, descended into bathos at the end) and downloaded/started Cloister -- but had to close the "book" at the author's preface. I've read it before, but it was a long time ago, and for the most part only remember the "diable est mort" and "I have lost my marriage lines" quotations.
Kindle is a wonderful thing.
Edited at 2018-06-22 01:06 pm (UTC)
You're not going to reread it?
There's so much in it I'd forgotten from my earlier reading.
Kindle IS a wonderful thing - well, I have a Nook - but you know, there's something about holding a great big old novel in your hands, and the smell of the pages and all the people who have read it before you leaving their invisible imprint on the pages....sigh...
I bought myself a hard copy in a charity shop. Reade was very popular in the early 20th century- so secondhand copies of his books aren't rare- or expensive
I've just bought a copy of his later novel Griffith Gaunt- which he considered his masterpiece.