After This

After This

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"After more than four hundred years of Roman rule, the island its conquerors called Britannia was abandoned--left to its own devices as the Roman empire contracted in a futile effort to defend itself from the barbarian hordes encroaching upon its heart. As Britannia falls into anarchy and the city of Viroconium is left undefended, two cousins who remained behind when the imperial forces withdrew pursue very different courses in the ensuing struggle to unite the disparate tribes and factions throughout the land. Passionate, adventurous Dinas recruits followers and dreams of kingship. Thoughtful Cadogan saves a group of citizens when Saxons invade and burn Viroconium, then becomes the reluctant founder and leader of a new community that rises in the wilderness. The two cousins could not be more different, but their parallel stories encapsulate the era of a new civilization struggling to be born."--Publisher's website.
A portrait of an American family during the middle decades of the twentieth century evokes the social, spiritual, and political turmoil of the era as seen through the experiences of a middle-class couple and their children.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2006.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781429929509
1429929502
Characteristics: 1 online resource (279 pages)
Summary: "After more than four hundred years of Roman rule, the island its conquerors called Britannia was abandoned--left to its own devices as the Roman empire contracted in a futile effort to defend itself from the barbarian hordes encroaching upon its heart. As Britannia falls into anarchy and the city of Viroconium is left undefended, two cousins who remained behind when the imperial forces withdrew pursue very different courses in the ensuing struggle to unite the disparate tribes and factions throughout the land. Passionate, adventurous Dinas recruits followers and dreams of kingship. Thoughtful Cadogan saves a group of citizens when Saxons invade and burn Viroconium, then becomes the reluctant founder and leader of a new community that rises in the wilderness. The two cousins could not be more different, but their parallel stories encapsulate the era of a new civilization struggling to be born."--Publisher's website.

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Subtleties of this story will be difficult to follow without a Catholic culture background. I loved the stories and was enchanted with authors style of "implication". So much is left to the reader to intuit what happens to characters after major events. After this era how can one still cling to organized religion for direction in life.

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amanhaer
Jul 05, 2016

I wasn't a fan of this novel, I found I didn't feel a connection to the characters and skimmed through the second half of the book just to finish it.

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jeanie123
Jan 23, 2013

I found this book a little bit choppy in parts, more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but I loved the continuing theme of the wind used throughout Mary's story and wished it had been employed elsewhere in the book as well. Overall, I found this book an interesting reading exercise.

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jbeckber
Feb 01, 2009

There is a certain charm in the story and the characters. They are not mad eout to be beautiful, their flaws are shown. I like this - it's different from most novel sin this way. But on the down side, I found the sentences hard to read - I often re-read them, stumbled over them. The language to me wasn't as natural as in many other books are.

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist 2007 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

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