Helen has posted a comment on her choice of best Rosemary Sutcliff book which speaks of “the features which make up the ‘sum of parts’ that are a Rosemary Sutcliff novel” and “the indefinable minstrel’s magic that makes it all alive”:
- A hero, set apart from his peers both by his injury and his past
- Landscape and the seasons as living entities in themselves
- Scenes of slow tension and thrilling escape
- Flashes of both humour and horror
- The sense and quest for justice and fairness
- The clash of two worlds and the places where the distance narrows to nothing between them
- The relationship between man and dog, and to a lesser degree, man and horse
- The slow romance
- Understanding of a military world
- The hopeful, ‘song of new beginnings’ ending
- Devon. Of course, Devon!
And what, dear reader and Rosemary Sutcliff enthusiast, do you think? Do post a comment below.