A Song for Arbonne Paperback – 4 Nov 2002
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About the Author
Guy Gavriel Kay was born and raised in Canada, although he does most of his writing in Europe. He is the author of eight highly acclaimed fantasy novels, including THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY trilogy and the bestselling TIGANA. At the age of 20, he was asked by the Tolkien estate to help Christopher Tolkien with the editing of the Silmarrillion - the first and only time the estate has ever made such a request.
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Because GGK is writing of an alternative universe, the story remains compelling even though the outcome in our own world turned out to be tragic: you don't know if the same fire and destruction is going to be visited on Arbonne, with her olive groves and vineyards, her beautiful ladies and gallant troubadours... the picture painted is so vivid, and the characters so well-drawn, that you'll truly hope all will be well (don't worry, I'm not going to reveal what happens).
What I will say is that this book haunted me so much that I decided to read up on Catharism and the Albigensian Crusade. GGK's work can have that effect: his Sarantine Mosaic (Sailing to Sarantium, and Lord of Emperors) also made me want to know more about the Byzantine Empire. I have to say I slightly prefer the Sarantine Mosaic to this, but no matter, it's impossible for me to award a novel of this quality anything less than the full five stars.
A Song for Arbonne delivers a well-balanced and thought provoking novel, involving the reader in the relationships of each character in such a way that your heart races as they talk and plunges as they fight - there is no single 'bad guy' as such, the differences here are more often cultural than otherwise. This might sound "fluffy" or some such to someone reading it but believe me.. this book is far from fluffy. It is touching at times and stomach-churning at others..... having read it far too many times to be truly objective any more I can only say that every single person I know who has read this after I recommended it to them has fallen for Arbonne and several have gone on to read all Guy Kay's other novels.
If you're skeptical (you needn't be) just try it; I wish I had the opportunity to read it again for the first time.
i suggest that you do the same and enjoy the passion and warmth it will bring
The heroes were valiant and smart, and the villains, Galbert and Ademar, belong in a B-movie. Galbert(religious leader in Gorhaut) was hardly believable as a human being. The love stories were reminiscent of a soap opera; and sometimes also the dialogue.
Now I gave the book three stars. So it was not all bad. It made me interested in what happened during the Albigensian crusade and in troubadours. I am a fan of stories set in a medieval setting so I think even mediocre books about the Middle ages(yes I know this is in its own world) are better than no books. I am also happy that a lot of people liked this book, but I feel the need to present a different opinion in order to make people like myself think twice about reading the book. If you want better fantasy: try George R.R. Martin. If you want better stories set in a historical setting: try Steven Saylor.
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