Books by Edward Rutherfurd

PARIS by Edward Rutherfurd
Released: April 23, 2013

"For all its merits, Rutherfurd's latest is too big and too professorial for comfort—Edmund White could have written his own À la recherche du temps perdu in the same space."
Overstuffed yarn of the ville lumière from city-hopping epic-smith Rutherfurd (New York, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
NEW YORK by Edward Rutherfurd
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"A mixed bag, with effective plotting hampered by clunky writing."
Sprawling but undercooked saga of Manhattan and environs. Read full book review >
THE PRINCES OF IRELAND by Edward Rutherfurd
Released: March 2, 2004

"As always with Rutherfurd, the narrative sweep is subordinated to the history place—agreeably so. If you've a taste for Ireland, this will be your cup of tea—but Celtophobes may ask to be excused before they even get to the second course."
Rutherfurd (The Forest, 2000, etc.) takes on Ireland in his latest historical doorstopper, covering (in this first of two volumes) roughly a thousand years—from the tribal period antedating Christianity to the Tudor conquest under Henry VIII. Read full book review >
THE FOREST by Edward Rutherfurd
Released: April 1, 2000

" Popular fiction at its best. ($300,000 ad/promo)"
England's James Michener will undoubtedly have another huge commercial success with this history-drenched blockbuster, Read full book review >
LONDON by Edward Rutherfurd
Released: June 1, 1997

Rutherfurd, having celebrated at some length the growth of an English cathedral town (Sarum, 1987) and the turbulent history of Russia (Russka, 1991), offers a massive survey in fictional form of London's long history. Like the work of his likely inspiration, James Michener, Rutherfurd's novels are distinguished by admirable research and a propulsive plot. This latest follows the growth of London from its origins as a Celtic encampment through its emergence as the Roman capital in Britain and on to its long climb to preeminence as England's (and, for a time, the world's) greatest city. Interwoven with the private (and rather melodramatic) adventures of a half-dozen families over a 2,000-year span are most of the events that shaped England (from the Norman invasion up to the Battle of Britain). These incidents tend to be announced portentously (``England's great Peasant Revolt had begun'') and the characters, to fill in the historical background, sometimes offer speeches packed with an alarming (and unlikely) amount of information. There are obligatory cameos by everyone from Shakespeare to Dickens. Still, this is a vigorous, colorful narrative, a pleasant if unsurprising entertainment. Read full book review >
RUSSKA by Edward Rutherfurd
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

A well-written, episodic, dense, at times infuriatingly complex historical saga of Russia by the author of the similarly massive Sarum, which tries—often quite successfully—to re-create the evolution of a mysterious and backward nation riddled with war, political confusion, and religious upheaval. Crammed with exhaustive and obviously well-researched historical, geographical, and cultural detail, this epic novel traces Russia's quest for freedom and identity from A.D. 180 to the present. The primary storyline that finally emerges depicts three rival families who have ties in the quintessential village of Russka: the Bobrovs, gentried noblemen who ultimately lose their precious land to the very serfs they once owned; the cunning Suvorins who amass great wealth as merchants and industrialists; and their distant relations the Romanovs, peasant farmers-cum- revolutionaries. Through the intricacies of marriage, accidents of birth, and other twists and turns of fate, the ancestors and descendants of these proud people move from one century to the next, turning up as warring Alans, barbarous Tatars, bloodthirsty Cossacks, and eventually the more familiar Socialists, Bolsheviks, and Marxists. Rutherfurd's immense canvas allows a fictional cast in the hundreds to populate the same world as Genghis Khan, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, Tolstoy, Voltaire, Pushkin, Lenin, Stalin, Shevchenko, Rasputin, etc., as they grapple with catastrophic events—such as ritual self-immolation, torture by knouting, cholera, and the pogroms. Despite the preponderance of names that repeat themselves from one generation to the next (the plot is littered with very old or very young Arinas and Maryushkas, for example)—a circumstance that may befuddle the casual reader—Rutherfurd's opus extraordinaire may captivate readers of the genre as well as serious history buffs. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for October) Read full book review >