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Patrick: Son of Ireland (original 2003; udgave 2004)

af Stephen R. Lawhead

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Set in an era of brutal conflict and turmoil, this epic adventure is the first novel to tell the full story of the slave who became a saint, of the man who rose to the challenge of his time and changed the course of history. In the summer of 405AD, Irish raiders attack the western coast of Wales, carving a fiery swathe through the peaceful countryside. Among the survivors who are rounded up and taken back to Ireland is Succat: an impulsive sixteen-year-old son of a powerful Roman family. Succat is sold as a slave and put to work tending sheep. Repeated escape attempts lead to ever more brutal and savage beatings, until he comes to the attention of Cormac, a young novice druid. The two strike up an unlikely friendship and, as Succat learns the ways of the Irish people, he is given a new name by the druid: Patrick. With a new name begins Patrick's new life: he is married, and returns to his home to claim his inheritance, only to find his father's estate in ruins. So begins a calamitous journey that will lead him to Tours, see him join the Roman Legion as a soldier, suffer the the horrors of a plague-filled Rome; and thence back to Ireland, where he will embark on a mission for which his name will be remembered throughout history. In the spirit of Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian cycle, Patrick is a gritty and unsentimental portrait of one of the Western world's great icons, featuring an accurate and compelling rendering of the historical period - an era full of brutal conflict, adventure, turmoil, and visionary inspiration.… (mere)
Medlem:ashooles
Titel:Patrick: Son of Ireland
Forfattere:Stephen R. Lawhead
Info:HarperTorch (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 592 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:***1/2
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Gives a fantastical look at the life of the man who became Saint Patrick. Pretty typical Lawhead-man turns from God, Christianity undercover in other cultures, man has terrible ordeals, turns back to God. Didn’t deal with his proselytizing in Ireland, just his growing up and going to Ireland. So-so. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I've got mixed feelings about this book.

Torn from his noble Welsh family, who were killed by raiding bands of Irish barbarians, and consigned as a slave, Succat, as St. Patrick's real name, he makes failed attempts to escape, is threatened with death if he tries to escape again, is educated in the mystical ways of the Druids, falls in love with the sister of a druid priest, anf finally gains an opportunity to escape again, leaving all behind, to go back to his home only to find all in his family have been killed. Succat then goes on a journey to find his friends.

First of all, I found it quite boring up to page 294, which is two-thirds into the book, so boring I almost laid the book aside. Then, there is action and adventure that keeps me reading. There are some very good dialogues of wisdom in the pages that follow; for example, "Grief only sharpens a man's vision" (p.420; and, see my favorite quote in "comment" section).

However, the story is somewhat disjointed. Especially at the end where, all of a sudden, Succat becomes somewhat of a Druid "priest" challanging a king to humble himself before God. For me, his change from a man despairing and doubting God to one of a solid faith, so much so that he performs miracles before a king, is sudden, vague, and unconnected. The author does not clearly develop a consistent story where you can clearly follow Succat's transformation; he doesn't even seem to make clear Succat's character as being pious. The author seems to have either not been too interested in writing the book, got too involved in the story itself and ignored character's transformation, or didn't know exactly how to end it.

In any case, this book was rather disappointing. Even though the last few pages had some good insights and action, the story itself was, for the most part, boring and flowed unevenly. ( )
  atdCross | Dec 15, 2013 |
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  journeyguy | Apr 2, 2013 |
I loved reading this. Ireland has been an interest of mine for many years and I loved reading about St. Patrick. For the most part, it was a lovely read and an enjoyment with his adventures. I did find, in places, his character rather unlikeable, but he was interesting.

All in all, a lovely book. ( )
  ashooles | Feb 22, 2013 |
This is another good work from Stephen Lawhead, in which he uses his usual blend of history and myth to spin an engaging tale of one of Ireland's patron saints. Lawhead's feeling for the period, and his love of all things Celtic shines through as strongly as his usual redemptive Christian message. However he departs a long way from what we know of the historical Patrick. Don't mistake that for a lack of research though. He is well read in the extant literature on St Patrick - he just chooses to spin his tale in a direction that the literature does not always lead.

As long as you don't use this as a historical source book, there is much to enjoy in this story. My only criticism is that, having read quite a lot of Lawhead this year, I am beginning to find the formula for his books somewhat rehearsed. Not totally though - this is still a fine read. ( )
  sirfurboy | May 27, 2009 |
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Set in an era of brutal conflict and turmoil, this epic adventure is the first novel to tell the full story of the slave who became a saint, of the man who rose to the challenge of his time and changed the course of history. In the summer of 405AD, Irish raiders attack the western coast of Wales, carving a fiery swathe through the peaceful countryside. Among the survivors who are rounded up and taken back to Ireland is Succat: an impulsive sixteen-year-old son of a powerful Roman family. Succat is sold as a slave and put to work tending sheep. Repeated escape attempts lead to ever more brutal and savage beatings, until he comes to the attention of Cormac, a young novice druid. The two strike up an unlikely friendship and, as Succat learns the ways of the Irish people, he is given a new name by the druid: Patrick. With a new name begins Patrick's new life: he is married, and returns to his home to claim his inheritance, only to find his father's estate in ruins. So begins a calamitous journey that will lead him to Tours, see him join the Roman Legion as a soldier, suffer the the horrors of a plague-filled Rome; and thence back to Ireland, where he will embark on a mission for which his name will be remembered throughout history. In the spirit of Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian cycle, Patrick is a gritty and unsentimental portrait of one of the Western world's great icons, featuring an accurate and compelling rendering of the historical period - an era full of brutal conflict, adventure, turmoil, and visionary inspiration.

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