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Company of Liars | [Karen Maitland]

Company of Liars

In this extraordinary novel, Karen Maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, an ingenious alchemy of history, mystery, and powerful human drama. Magical, heart-quickening, and raw, Company of Liars is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.
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In this extraordinary novel, Karen Maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, an ingenious alchemy of history, mystery, and powerful human drama.

The year is 1348. The Black Plague grips the country. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers, brought together by chance, attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward them.

Each member of this motley company has a story to tell. From Camelot, the relic-seller who will become the group's leader, to Cygnus, the one-armed storyteller . . . from the strange, silent child called Narigorm to a painter and his pregnant wife, each has a secret. None is what they seem. And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all, propelling these liars to a destiny they never saw coming.

Magical, heart-quickening, and raw, Company of Liars is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.

©2008 Karen Maitland; (P)2008 Random House Audio

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    "Wonderful story..."

    and a conclusion you will never anticipate. I LOVE this book. Beautiful language, interesting characters, visual landscape. Excellent narrator. I have a long commute and looked forward to it so I could listed to Company of Liars.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Bowling Green, OH, United States 12-30-10
    Eileen Bowling Green, OH, United States 12-30-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Wonderful story"

    This audio fully engaged me. One of the most enjoyable experiences I've had. I am a fan of Maitland's imaginative vision. Beautifully crafted and pulls you all the way to the surprising end of this tale. Happy it's in my library for repeat listenings.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen C Bowling Green, OH, USA 02-18-09
    Eileen C Bowling Green, OH, USA 02-18-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A satisfying tale"

    I was intrigued by this richly developed rendition of Chaucer's classic from the start. Maitlin is a master storyteller. Her well-crafted tale has the kind of astute characterizations, haunting detail and flowing narrative that makes her a true visionary in my book. The narration is beautifully performed with each member of its cast of characters clear and distinct. It's tone takes the reader/listener effortlessly into the medieval world with all its suffering, superstitions,wonders and vices. I'm so glad I got this one. I recommend you add it to your collection. You'll be returning to it. Enjoy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Montreal, QC, Canada 01-29-10
    Erica Montreal, QC, Canada 01-29-10 Member Since 2006
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    "No real plot"

    This was one of the strangest books I have ever read. Unless I missed something major in the beginning, the story essentially seems to have no real plot. It is about a group of travelers that end up banding together and mysteriously killing each other (or being killed by other means) but there is no real reason for the travel or the murders and although there is a twist at the end, all I felt like saying was SO WHAT! It felt like one of those long rambling stories told by a child that just kept going on but never really got anywhere. The only reason why I listened to the whole thing was in hopes of something finally happening at the end to pull it all together but alas, no such luck.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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