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The Waste Land (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Acland

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"Hugh de Verdon's story has all the qualities you could want in a historical epic - excitement, suspense, love, battles, treachery, and mystery. But it is the humour, and the sublety of the literary allusions that make this book really special." THE DAILY GRAIL "It is rare to find an adventure as exciting as this that also addresses important issues such as the problem of evil and the clash between Christianity and Islam." TEMPLAR NEWS "Lots happens in The Waste Land." THE MONTHLY PUZZLER "Tremendous story-telling, gripping narrative, evocative history" LION AND LEOPARD - What other writers say about The Waste Land Tim Waterstone "Highly original and a most enjoyable read." Stanley Johnson "Sex, violence and more than a dash of romance: Simon Acland's gripping First Crusade mystery thriller rivals the Da Vinci Code for interest and suspense." Douglas Hurd "The Waste Land will be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone with a taste for rollicking adventure laced with a subtle dose of literary learning." Giles MacDonogh "I found it utterly gripping." Juliette Mead "Simon Acland's debut novel is a potent cocktail: take one part First Crusade historical romance, one part modern academic satire - and add three jiggers of coming-of-age, Grail-questing, spur-winning Knight's tale. A rollicking, galloping read from a highly individual story teller."


The Waste Land: the true story of the Holy Grail?

The Waste Land chronicles the adventures of Hugh de Verdon, monk turned knight, during the extraordinary historical events of the First Crusade. He journeys from the great Benedictine Monastery of Cluny to Constantinople, Antioch and Jerusalem. He encounters the Assassins, endures a personal epiphany and discovers the truth behind the Holy Grail.

Hugh de Verdon's tale is retold by a group of desperate Oxford Professors, who discover his autobiographical manuscript in their College library. Their humorous - and murderous - story also provides a commentary on the Eleventh Century events and shows that they are perhaps not all they seem.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 763 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Charlwood Books (10. Juni 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great novel of the Crusades 12. Juli 2010
Von Lisa Yarde - Veröffentlicht auf
In The Waste Land by Simon Acland, the Master of a nearly bankrupt college needs to improve the institution's finances. Enter a former student, now a Best-Selling Author and the Research Assistant with a timely solution: the novelization of an ancient manuscript. The turbulent life of Hugh de Verdon, a would-be knight errant unfolds on this timeworn parchment, which seems to predate the unfinished work of Chrétien de Troyes, on Perceval and the grail. Each of the college's administrators has a keen interest in the manuscript, much to the Best-Selling Author's dismay. When their concerns conflict, it soon becomes clear that one person among them is less keen on the adaptation of Hugh's fascinating story, and perhaps is willing to kill his academic rivals to prevent its publication.

As Mr. Acland takes the reader from the contemporary world of the college to the high Middle Ages, likewise Hugh moves between the secular and spiritual spheres of the world, often questioning the ideals and realities of both arenas. Orphaned and disinherited in his childhood, he enters the Benedictine abbey at Cluny, seemingly consigned to a monkish life forever. Yet his natural curiosity soon takes him beyond the abbey walls, as Pope Urban II announces the holy Crusade to retake Jerusalem and the surrounding cities from the Muslims. Now in the service of Duke Godfrey de Bouillon, Hugh journeys on his own quest to become a knight, resolve the doubts surrounding his faith, and find the woman he loves. In a strange encounter with a mysterious Old Man of the Mountains, Hugh undergoes a life-altering change and learns some of the answers he is seeking lie in his past.

Whether in the depiction of Hugh's loneliness at Cluny, or the gory battle scenes of the First Crusade, Mr. Acland excels at showing Hugh's development. Each scene and location is remarkably detailed, and the historical figures are equally fascinating. In particular, I enjoyed the characterization on Hugh's overlord Godfrey, as a lusty, battle-hardened leader; often shown in contrast to his conniving brother Baldwin de Boulogne, who usually serves to frustrate Godfrey's plans. Hugh's first-person narration ensures that the reader experiences the full range of the character's emotions and thoughts, and a deeply personal view of his perspective on the Crusade. I won't spoil the ending, but it entirely fits the theme of a grail romance. Hugh's journey continues in the sequel, The Flowers of Evil, due in 2011.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well-written and entertaining 23. März 2013
Von WiLoveBooks - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
In Hugh's tale there are historical facts mixed with myth, bloody battles, and crises of faith. At times it is amusing, interesting, and shocking. It takes a portion of history and relates it to a person, showing some of the grittier realities of war. There is also a modern-day story with a group of professors involved with telling Hugh's tale, which I thought added to the story, with the professors arguing over the accuracy of historical or religious points, or the writing. I think lovers of history, especially those interested in knights or the crusades, will enjoy this, as well as anyone who enjoys a good adventure with battles. And there are maps included, which helped to visualize Hugh's travels. An exciting story and I am curious to know what happens to Hugh next.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A terrific 'must read' 7. März 2013
Von Dasher - Veröffentlicht auf
The Waste Land, which certainly is 'An Entertainment', cleverly combines two plots.
It is terrific read, and clearly very well researched. The main plot provides a fun way to brush up on your crusade history. The characters, based mainly on real people (very helpful list at the front) come to life and engage you. The author's descriptive prose is hugely effective - I felt positively claustrophobic during our hero's efforts to escape his rock prison, the battle scenes were very evocative, and as for the raunchier bits ... enough said.

Although the junior plot by length, the St Lazarus College story is just as skillful. It is a brilliant and mordant sketch of the senior common room. The author bounces the different characters and their self-interests off each other, presenting a witty view on the mechanics of plot development whilst staying absolutely true to the historical facts.

This will make a very good movie. Nearer term, I can't wait for the sequel, to learn of our hero's fate and also more of the mysterious, 'disfigured' Research Assistant at the centre of it all.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing debut novel 22. Juni 2010
Von Mystery Reader - Veröffentlicht auf
A fantastic novel.

Historical fiction is not my usual genre of choice and therefore it is a testament to the author that the book had me completely hooked (and now desperate for the sequel!) The development of the protagonist is completely relatable, the plot is stuffed full of excitement, corresponding with real events of the time, and the whole work is finished off with a sense of humour that makes for irresistable entertainment but is also terribly sad in places.

Recommended to everyone!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Even a knight who says 'Ni' 18. Dezember 2010
Von Alistair Forrest - Veröffentlicht auf
Simon Acland's cleverly devised historical novel is set during the First Crusade and is filled with literary delights.

The Waste Land has everything. Graphic descriptions of the horrors of the ill-advised crusade to satisfy historical fiction fans, religious controversy with a `lost' gospel, romance (sadly unfulfilled) and a wonderfully entertaining Senior Common Room stuffed with pompous academics ("the Taylor '45 is still drinking exceptionally well"). Their discovery of a 12thC manuscript predating Chretien de Troyes, obviously a source for the Perceval grail tale, ignites their enthusiasm for fresh college funds with the help of `the Best Selling Author'. Could do with more of this parallel plot, but as I say, clever.

And top marks for having having a knight who says `Ni' -- bravo!

I have dropped a star for The Waste Land because there is so much traveling across deserts, seas and mountains which must have been difficult to research and leaves the reader a little dizzy in places. Also I think there's a missed opportunity here to go down the Dan Brown route of a secret society, only do it better, but perhaps I'm ahead of myself as the sequel is on its way. Can't wait.
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