Stonehenge, 2000 B.C. : a novel by Bernard Cornwell.

   Chris   Review by:  Chris

Title: Stonehenge, 2000 B.C. : a novel

Author:  Bernard Cornwell

Collection:  Adult Fiction

In his published notebook from his 1856 tour of England, American author Nathaniel Hawthorne famously remarked, “Apart from the moral considerations suggested by it, Stonehenge is not very well worth seeing.” I don’t know what moral considerations Mr. Hawthorne had in mind, but I confess that I also felt the sight wasn’t much worth seeing when I visited it over a hundred and forty years later.  All the same, there is something about the great prehistoric monument that presses upon the imagination.  Perhaps it is the mystery of it more than anything else that drives our obsession with the site.  I’ve read other novels that included the construction of Stonehenge, but Cornwell’s is the first one that I felt accurately portrayed an idea of the circumstances under which Stonehenge might have been built.  Of course, we will never really know who shaped and raised the massive stones, nor why, but we do know that it had nothing to do with the Druids, who came much later.  Rather than erroneously depicting some sort of hokey New Age mysticism, Cornwell presents us with what life might have actually been like in a Neolithic village, brutal and brief.  Certainly, Stonehenge, 2000 B.C. contains its fair share of holy men of vision, but it also contains a healthy dose of humanities struggle merely to survive.

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