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Cathedral of the Sea: Book summary and reviews of Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
Cathedral of the Sea Summary
Cathedral of the Sea follows the fortunes of the Estanyol family, from their peasant roots to a son, Arnau, who flees the land only to realize spectacular wealth and devastating problems. During Arnaus lifetime Barcelona becomes a city of light and darkness, dominated by the construction of the citys great pridethe cathedral of Santa Maria del Marand by its shame, the deadly Inquisition. As a young man, Arnau joins the powerful guild of stone-workers and helps to build the church with his own hands, while his best friend and adopted brother Joan studies to become a priest. When Arnau, who secretly loves a forbidden Jewish woman named Mar, is betrayed and hauled before the Inquisitor, he finds himself face to face with his own brother. Will he lose his life just as his beloved Cathedral of the Sea is finally completed?
Cathedral of the Sea Reviews
"[M]ost of this novel is tediously dry, concentrating more on history and less on character and plot. For a far more spirited work on a similar theme, stick with Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth." - Library Journal.
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Cathedral of the Sea Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
Cathedral of the Sea was Spain's #1 bestseller for a full year. Rights have been sold in thirty-two countries to date.
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