The Hermit of Eyton Forest: The Fourteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio
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Charmingly and humourously told. (TLS) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
In his fourteenth chronicle Brother Cadfael's tranquil life as a herbalist is disturbed by the arrival of a saintly hermit and the disappearance of a young boy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Peters's continues her good way with words, writing clearly and persuasively, and with an eye to informing too. For instance, of the settlements of Eaton and Eyton, she says there was "barely a mile between" them: "The very names sprang from the same root, though time had prised them apart, and the Norman passion for order and formulation had fixed and ratified the differences."
There is a rare and welcome faint whiff of homosexuality in this novel, with the young lad Hyacinth arousing a "slight stir of disquiet ... in those cloistered breasts". And, "What was an antique saint doing with an unnerving fairy thing in his employ?" It is surprising how Peters's never referred more often to the temptations of the same sex that all monasteries by their very nature must have had.
No doubt a few holes can be picked in this tale, for example it is strange to say the least that the hermit should be accepted and established as such so soon after arriving in the area, but Cadfael is such an enjoyable character that we can forgive such small matters. As usual, Peters employs well the ever-tolerant Cadfael as a lightning rod for the sense of the humane. So, when Hugh the Sheriff talks of black sheep, Cadfael argues that, "There are very few all black ... Dappled, perhaps ... most of us have a few mottles about us."
As for historical matters, the author always remains on sure ground.Read more ›
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This book was in good condition and I am happy with it. I received exactly what I expected.Published 1 month ago by poppet
A Good read if you are following the exploits of CadfaelPublished 5 months ago by Mrs A H Gilbertson
I really like the style of writing and the sense of period in this seriesPublished 8 months ago by miriam downey