The Scribe

➶ The Scribe Free ➬ Author Antonio Garrido – Johndore.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 580 pages
  • The Scribe
  • Antonio Garrido
  • English
  • 21 August 2018
  • 1477848835

About the Author: Antonio Garrido

Es Ingeniero Industrial y reside en Valencia, en donde trabaja como profesor del Master de Dise o de Transporte en el Centro de Formaci n de Postgrado de la Universidad Polit cnica de Valencia y profesor de la Escuela Superior de Dise o Industrial en la Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU Es director de una empresa de consultor a de dise o de autom viles, y escribe art culos en prensa especializada Es tambi n profesor invitado del taller literario de novela hist rica del Instituto Valenciano de Estudios Cl sicos y Orientales.De momento se ha orientado a la novela hist rica.


The ScribeFrom The Author Of THE CORPSE READERThe Year Is , And King Charlemagne Awaits Coronation As The Holy Roman Emperor But In The Town Of W Rzburg, The Young, Willful Theresa Dreams Only Of Following In The Footsteps Of Her Scholarly Father A Quiet Man Who Taught Her The Forbidden Pleasures Of Reading And Writing Though It Was Unthinkable For A Medieval Woman To Pursue A Career As A Craftsperson, Headstrong Theresa Convinces The Parchment Makers Guild To Test Her If She Passes, It Means Access To Her Beloved Manuscripts And Nothing Less Than True Independence But As She Treats The Skins Before An Audience Of Jeering Workmen, Unimaginable Tragedy Strikes Tearing Apart Theresa S Family And Setting In Motion A Cascade Of Mysteries That Theresa Must Solve If She Hopes To Stay Alive And Save Her FamilyA Fugitive In The Wilderness, Theresa Is Forced To Rely On Her Bravery, Her Uncommon Education, And The Compassion Of Strangers When She Encounters Alcuin Of York, A Wise And Influential Monk With Close Ties To Charlemagne, She Believes Her Luck Might Have Finally Changed But The Biggest Secret Lies Between Charlemagne And Her Father Theresa Moves Ever Closer To The Truth, Bent On Reuniting With Her Beloved Father, Only To Discover That Her Family S Troubles Are Inextricably Entwined With Nothing Less Than The Fate Of An Empire

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10 thoughts on “The Scribe

  1. Patrice Hoffman says:

    The Scribe is the second novel I ve read by the author Antonio Garrido Because I loved The Corpse Reader so much, I thought he d be able to bottle that thunder in a novel again Although I didn t find The Scribe as gripping as it s predecessor, I still very much so enjoyed the title.The Scribe takes place during year 799 and coincides with King Charlemange being crowned Emperor Theresa, the novel s central character, wants nothingthan to follow in her father s footsteps She has been mol The Scribe is the second novel I ve read by the author Antonio Garrido Because I loved The Corpse Reader so much, I thought he d be able to bottle that thunder in a novel again Although I didn t find The Scribe as gripping as it s predecessor, I still very much so enjoyed the title.The Scribe takes place during year 799 and coincides with King Charlemange being crowned Emperor Theresa, the novel s central character, wants nothingthan to follow in her father s footsteps She has been molded from a young age to take on the esteemed profession and bear the task of recording the towns records After training as an apprentice, she is up for testing when a terrible accident leaves her fleeing for her life Much of the novel centers around her travels while away from home and the people she comes into contact with.Antonio Garrido, from what I ve noticed, features characters who have tremendous odds set against them but are quite talented in respects to their fields Ci Song from The Corpse Reader was extremely studied in his skill of reading corpse as Theresa is in her ability to read, write, and do all the functions necessary for the job Theresa s biggest obstacle, besides the bad guy, is that during medieval times, there was no human resources Women s rights was definitely not on the horizon so aside from dealing with the constant badgering of horny men, being female was enough to disqualify her What resonates most with readers regarding both characters is that they still don t give up their hopes and we find them have a sort of coming of age in the process After a mugging involving Theresa and her father Gorgias in Wurzburg, an important codex is believed to be stolen This really sets the story in motion and allows readers to realize that there is something suspicious going on What s in this document and why s it so important This question only lingers for a few pages when Garrido s long windedness almost causes me to forget about it I m all for long books and I appreciate Garrido s attention to detail and character development, but it didn t seem important after awhile because the focus was on Theresa s new life I felt that Gorgias was MIA for too long to remember he was missing a codex.As mentioned in the last paragraph, Garrido gives life to his characters There is a profound attention to detail that I love when reading historical fiction He goes into detail about how the parchment paper of the time was made and the process Garrido manages to make the reader feel as though they are plopped right into the medieval times His characters are dealing with the food shortage, ergot poisoning, religious unification or persecution, and living in harmony with Carolingian laws Antonio Garrido is definitely climbing the list of my go to authors The Scribe was enjoyable and I recommend it to fans of historical fiction mysteries I look forward to Garrido s next book Copy provided by Crossing

  2. Amy Lignor says:

    This is truly a book that will pull the historian into its pages very quickly.The year is 799, and King Charlemagne is awaiting his coronation as the Holy Roman Emperor At the same time, in the town of Wurzburg, a girl by the name of Theresa is hard headed and determined to follow in her father s footsteps and become a scribe Theresa s father is a very learned man and has taught his daughter how to read and write Unfortunately, in these times, a woman s job was to marry and raise children, no This is truly a book that will pull the historian into its pages very quickly.The year is 799, and King Charlemagne is awaiting his coronation as the Holy Roman Emperor At the same time, in the town of Wurzburg, a girl by the name of Theresa is hard headed and determined to follow in her father s footsteps and become a scribe Theresa s father is a very learned man and has taught his daughter how to read and write Unfortunately, in these times, a woman s job was to marry and raise children, not have a career But Theresa can not be stopped She wants to join her father s business as a scholar no matter what she must sacrifice in the process Finally persuading the Guild to administer the test, she ultimately fails Soon, Theresa becomes a fugitive on the run she hides out in the woods with a price on her head.Relying only on herself and her education, Theresa finds herself depending on strangers she meets along the way One such stranger is Alcuin of York, an influential monk with close ties to the new Emperor She believes that Alcuin can help her, as well as aiding her in becoming a scribe Perhaps her luck will change, especially after she discovers a secret of her father s involving Charlemagne a secret that could clear her name and give her the future she so wants She is in sight of the truth however, the parchment King Charlemagne commissioned her father to write holds a secret that could literally destroy the empire she loves Extremely suspenseful, this author makes the reader think long and hard about ancient, underhanded plotting by the old Empire Not to mention, he opens up the classic debate of equality, with a young woman s tale of attempting to gain education in a world that was made only for men This book is a true eye opener

  3. Patricia Fawcett says:

    This is the story of Theresa, trained by her father to read, write and translate in Eighth Century Northern Europe, where most of the population was barely literate Having fled a life of privilege during battles for religious supremacy between the Byzantine and Roman empires, Theresa and her father each eked out a living in Wurzburg he working on sensitive documents, she making her way, against no little opposition, in a workshop, preparing vellum for writing, painstakingly learning each step This is the story of Theresa, trained by her father to read, write and translate in Eighth Century Northern Europe, where most of the population was barely literate Having fled a life of privilege during battles for religious supremacy between the Byzantine and Roman empires, Theresa and her father each eked out a living in Wurzburg he working on sensitive documents, she making her way, against no little opposition, in a workshop, preparing vellum for writing, painstakingly learning each step of the process to perfection Thrown into the mix are the continued political and religious machinations of the day, intolerance towards women, a number of twists and turns in a fascinating plotline and possibly the most detailed descriptions of everyday life at the onset of the reign of Charlemagne Garrido does not stint His depth of research is very evident Rather than merely envisaging the various scenarios and locations about which he writes, we are transported back to the Eighth Century and feel almost embedded therein I have read other critiques of this book, and fully understand how it is possible to get bogged down in the ambience of the period, temporarily losing sight of the plot The detail in the writing is so intense, but this is not a criticism Far from it As with all great reads, you approach the conclusion with impatience, yet you hardly want the book to end Simon Bruni s translation of Antonio Garrido s book is of a seamless and incomparable quality Nothing is lost in translation

  4. Victoria says:

    It isn t often that I choose not to finish a book that I have started usually nothan five a year out of the nearly three hundred books that I typically read Unfortunately, this one will be one of the 2014 reads that will go unfinished Its initial premise though certainly sounds intriguing set at the turn of the eighth century, Theresa is a nineteen year old woman who wants to follow in her father s footsteps as a scribe rather than marrying Though the book opens with plenty of actio It isn t often that I choose not to finish a book that I have started usually nothan five a year out of the nearly three hundred books that I typically read Unfortunately, this one will be one of the 2014 reads that will go unfinished Its initial premise though certainly sounds intriguing set at the turn of the eighth century, Theresa is a nineteen year old woman who wants to follow in her father s footsteps as a scribe rather than marrying Though the book opens with plenty of action in the first few chapters there s a mugging, a disastrous fire, a mysterious codex and events leading Theresa to flee as a fugitive the book simply isn t engaging The characters speak inauthentically there s slang here perhaps the fault of the translator and other anachronisms like a reference to a guillotine something that won t be invented for a hundred years that really makes it hard to take the other historical details as accurately researched.Further, the characters are rather stiff and are hard to connect with Individually, these flaws could be overlooked, but combined it makes it hard to justify continuing on with this five hundred plus page book I began to dread picking it up, and eventually, decided that there are just too many other books in my TBR pile to justify continuing on with this one There just isn t anything that I could connect with here Disappointing, to say the least

  5. Amaya says:

    An entertaining but forgetable book Interesting enough to pass time, but not a great read.

  6. Italo says:

    Not my cup of tea, had to force myself to finish it Slow and pull fantastic deductions without much of supporting evidence.

  7. Cynthia says:

    This book is considered historical fiction but it is long on fiction and short on history.

  8. PatrĂ­cia Braz says:

    3.7 stars

  9. Lexi says:

    Originally written for Book Bliss book blog I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review Review 2 starsGeneral I love historicals, they may be my favorite genre out there I was extremely interested in this because I enjoy finding time periods I studied that aren t written about much The history and the world building in this book were extensive It was entertaining on that level because I could really feel the authenticity of the made up story However, th Originally written for Book Bliss book blog I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review Review 2 starsGeneral I love historicals, they may be my favorite genre out there I was extremely interested in this because I enjoy finding time periods I studied that aren t written about much The history and the world building in this book were extensive It was entertaining on that level because I could really feel the authenticity of the made up story However, the plot was inconsistent for me It opened with a bang and then fizzeled out and quickly became very dull Another issue was the editing This is a translation so I will not lay this issue on the author but rather whoever published and chose the translator There were far to many issues and I understand sometimes things can be confusing in translation but these were errors, not points of confusion For me, without the amazing world building this story lacked the elements needed to draw me in

  10. mary says:

    There were passages of this book that were very good The book even the ending felt disjointed almost as if someone else wrote it The premise or theme of this seemed to be very interesting but the plodding narrative overwhelmed the sparkling pieces I believe it is the translation though I have nothing to base it on except that i want to give the writer the benefit of the doubt.I read The Corpse Reader and liked it It did not read like this book at all So just beware if you read it that it There were passages of this book that were very good The book even the ending felt disjointed almost as if someone else wrote it The premise or theme of this seemed to be very interesting but the plodding narrative overwhelmed the sparkling pieces I believe it is the translation though I have nothing to base it on except that i want to give the writer the benefit of the doubt.I read The Corpse Reader and liked it It did not read like this book at all So just beware if you read it that it very unevenly written