From Library Journal
I Am England , Wright's biography of a placea pool on a ridge above a forest, England in microcosmchronicles the lives of Brac the primitive smith, Edred, Alfred's Saxon warrior, Rico, the traveling storyteller, and Francis, ironmonger and martyr. The community, its traditions, etc., is shaped by movements largeAlfred's wars against Viking raiders, the Norman conquest, religious vagaries and persecutionsand smallthe communal repair of a pool, the naming of an ox, and quarrels from one generation that bring prosperity or death to succeeding ones. Similar to Edward Rutherfurd's Sarum (LJ 9/15/87), another novel of England, this is more lyrical and compact. Highly recommended. Cynthia Johnson Wheal ler, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.
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