Finding Camlann

Finding Camlann

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In this diary, he chronicles the day-to-day struggle to stay alive, alternating his accounts of hunger and thirst, of fishing and fire-lighting, of improvisation and experiment, with his notes for a book he was planning on the New Veda. The resulting soliloquies cover an impressive range of subjects from Chinese culture to the life of beetles, marriage, sex, and death.And then a tidal wave, which destroys half the atoll, provides a chance of escape. A wrecked motor launch that Fenn is able to repair is washed up on shore. he names his makeshift craft Providence and sets off across the Indian Ocean.This is one of the most unusual books to appear in a long time. The two elements, action and soliloquy, are counterpointed in a remarkable way, and the result is a book of originality and force.
ISBN: 9780393073294
0393073297

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hgeng63 Mar 01, 2013

Good thing I'm already interested in Wales & the Arthurian mythos. Wooden in a bad way that wouldn't draw in newcomers.

ontherideau Feb 16, 2013

Unfortunately I agree with this reviewer

"A disappointing example of how thorough research can hobble a novel."(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2012)

m2 Feb 04, 2013

Fascinating premise -- an archealogist and a linguist are on a quest to find out more about Arthur -- and also fall in love. There are several layers of history being examined -- pre-history in Britain, the failed Welsh rebellions, and the history of the main characters and their families. Unfortunately, the author can't quite pull it all together credibly, but his learned storytelling is still worth indulging in.

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