Watermark

Watermark

[a Novel of the Middle Ages]

Book - 2010
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"Watermark is a powerful novel about the destructive forces unleashed by ignorance and superstition. Readers will care deeply for the courageous Auda."
--New York Times bestselling author Sharon Kay Penman

Watermark is a magnificent debut by Vanitha Sankaran--an atmospheric and compelling novel about the search for identity, the power of self-expression, and value of the written word, set during the dark days of the Inquisition in Medieval France. Readers who were captivated by The Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease or Geraldine Brooks's People of the Book will be enthralled by this thrilling journey to a colorful and dangerous past.

Publisher: New York : Avon, c2010.
ISBN: 9780061849275
Branch Call Number: FICTION SAN

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FVReader
Nov 08, 2015

Although basically an interesting concept of a story, this was a mish-mash of leaps and jumps that sometimes didn't fit together well, making the story jumpy and illogical at times. The feminist stance of the 21st century was out of place in this 14th century world. It's no wonder Auda was seen as a heretic with such modern ideas!
Despite an Inquisition happening right in the town, there is little conflict. Things just seem to happen, then they don't. Nothing really touched me as the reader; I didn't get involved in the characters or their lives.
In the end, a forgettable story but easy to read and non-threatening in every way.

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readmorebooks
Aug 19, 2012

A new kind of book for me. History and fiction. When I didn't try to think which was which I enjoyed the book more. Look forward to the next book about printing. She was very enjoyable to talk to when the author came to our library.

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sldoug
Jul 13, 2012

The history was interesting but the plot and characters lacked much depth.

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mflreadz
Jun 29, 2012

Excellent book! Well-researched, well-developed, great believable characters. I hope the library buys her next one on Venice.

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jenzbooks
Jun 07, 2012

At first I was bothered by the over-the-top main character -- did she have to be albino AND mute? But then she grew on me as the story sucked me in. I had no trouble believing in Auda and her talents for papermaking and poetry. I loved watching how people reacted to her and how Jaime saw beauty in her. It's a touching love story set amidst superstition and fear of the Inquisition. The drama and the storytelling style were well-sustained. I had no trouble believing in the author's subject knowledge, given the great details.

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KarenW
Oct 04, 2010

Story of mute female paper maker could be more captivating and is annoyingly apocryphal. But it is still entertaining and could pass for a good historical [at times]. However the 21st century feminism is a little misplaced as you can imagine.

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