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Sylvia [Kindle Edition]

Bryce Courtenay
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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‘I am Sylvia Honeyeater; I think myself born around 1196, and this is the story of my life. I am cursed by folk as an optimist and a dreamer, which is a dangerous combination. . .’



Sylvia is the story of the Children's Crusade, which occurred in the year 1212, and is perhaps the strangest true event to have taken place in European history. It is also a story of how, throughout some of the darkest medieval times, the redeeming power and strength of a young woman's love and intelligence prevail over poverty, brutality and bigotry.



Sylvia was a remarkable, talented and eccentric young woman and this is her story.

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Sylvia is a story of the Children's Crusade which occurred in the year 1212. It is perhaps the strangest true event to have taken place in European history. It is also a story of how, throughout some of the darkest medieval times, the redeeming power and strength of a young woman's love and intelligence prevails over poverty and bigotry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1398 KB
  • Print Length: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Jun. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003FXCS9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as all that 30 April 2010
By Leander
Format:Paperback
I felt I had to write a review if only to balance out the criticisms so far. To be fair, this is the first book by Bryce Courtenay that I've read and I chose it, not for the author, but for the fact it was a historical novel. And, from that point of view, I enjoyed it. It put across very well the intense religiosity of the time and I thought it was an interesting take on the Children's Crusade. I also enjoyed the rather mischievous way the Pied Piper of Hamelin was woven into the narrative. Perhaps the book didn't quite fulfil the promise of its opening, but as a historical novel it's a good read and convincing in its detail. Perhaps, if you're a Bryce Courtenay fan, it doesn't measure up to his other books; I wouldn't know. But, judged on its own, against other historical novels, I think it deserves more praise than it's had so far.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 27 Feb. 2009
By Jo D
Format:Paperback
I love Bryce Courtenay but I thought Sylvia was rubbish. I wish Sylvia had taken the chance to run the brothel - I'm sure it would have made a much better story. I feel very guilty as a friend posted the hardback from Oz for me and I had to tell her I thought it was not a patch on his other books - mind you she only got through a couple of chapters before she was bored. If you want a good Bryce Courtenay try, Four Fires (my personal favourite) or The Potato Factory, though others are good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother! 31 Mar. 2014
By Mel P
Format:Kindle Edition
Very disappointing. Was Mr Courtenay kidnapped while writing this? It certainly lacked his usual magic. Seemed quite silly in places.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not good 4 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not a very good read, highly disappointed. To long winded and found myself falling asleep whilst reading.
Shame because I like Bryce Courtenay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing tale 7 Jun. 2013
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Bryce Courtenay again captivates with his characters,leaving you wanting more and sad to see them go.

A master storyteller of our generation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sylvia 16 May 2013
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Once again, you have managed to keep me living your story! It was a really compassionate tale, with a steely middle! Based on the fable of the Pied Piper!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sylvia 22 Jan. 2013
By Rupert
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had to read this book for my book club, otherwise I don,t think I would have struggled through it! It was hard going, the violent times and the hypocrocy of the Catholic Church was awful. The only light note for me was the Piped Piper.
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