Outcast

Outcast Sole Survivor Of A Shipwreck As A Baby, Beric Is An Outsider From The Start The Village Druid Warns That He Is Cursed By The Sea, And When Death Come To The Tribe, The Fingers Of Blame Point In Only One Direction Cast Out By The Warriors, Beric Is Left Alone Without Friends Or Family With No Home And Little Money, He Must Survive In The Harsh Roman World By Himself, With Death, Danger, And Enemies Always Around The Corner This Classic Novel Is Now Reissued In A Smaller Mass Market Paperback Format

Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction Although primarily a children s author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote for children of all ages from nine to ninety Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her fa

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  • Paperback
  • 254 pages
  • Outcast
  • Rosemary Sutcliff
  • English
  • 07 April 2019
  • 9780192750402

10 thoughts on “Outcast

  1. says:

    I really enjoyed this read Sutcliff is truly a wonderful story teller Her vividly rich and yet raw descriptions of people and places are transportive, providing understanding into the harsh times of the period and what it would be like to make a life for yourself through it all.I came close to crying I didn t But I came really close and it s very few books that can do that to me It was just so heart wrenching seeing Beric and Jason and their relationship unfold in such brutal conditions where everyone else has only the strength to look out for themselves Beautiful Sniff It s not a fast paced book by any means but if you love word pictures and deep characters, you ll be pleased Cleanliness A side character is a Druid People are superstitious, as was common of the time period, but it is not a focus of the books Mentions alcohol The word h ll is used twice Beric is naked after being shipwrecked The Roman gods are referenced and prayed to a few times A character thinks of committing suicide but does not Like my reviews I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too These reports give a complete break down of everything in the book, so you ll know just how clean it is or isn t I also have Clean Guides downloadable PDFs which enable you to clean up your book before reading it Visit my website

  2. says:

    Beric was not born to be drowned In the wake of a severe storm, he is found by a tribesman washed up on the shore, clasped between his two dead parents His own child having just recently died, the tribesman takes young Roman Beric back to his wife and he becomes their son But just as he was not born to be drowned, young Beric was not born to be a tribesman Though loving and obedient to his foster parents ways, the tribesmen are uneasy with a Roman in their midst, and the day comes when they finally cast him out So Beric sets out on the long hard road to find just where he belongs I haven t read a book by Sutcliff yet that wasn t able to grab me by the throat and choke me up over something beautiful, or tragic, or beautifully tragic It seems to be her hallmark gesture a sudden painful stab of joy or sorrow that seems wildly elemental Though small and, taken as a whole, not exactly the most riveting of plots, Outcast is at its very core a throat catching tragedy of joy It is a story that embodies the truth of spring, or the first weak gleam of light after a storm at the end of Beric s hollow winter, Sutcliff leaves the reader with the first faint trills of the lapwings and the little bloom of crocuses in the hopeful figure of a Roman engineer.

  3. says:

    This didn t pull together the way I expected at all I expected Lucilla to have a bigger part to play, and for Beric to find out about his real parents somehow, and just for him to find a neat space just made for him where he would belong But it s better the way Sutcliff wrote it, of course, with Beric struggling so much and eventually, and with difficulty, finding a place to belong Not a place that s been waiting for him, but a place he s made for himself.I found it a difficult read, at first, I think because I have had a lot of trouble with being the one that the rest of the pack turns on That was a reality of my life for quite a long while, so no wonder it made me uncomfortable to read about Beric And it is a very sad story, with the way hope is slowly crushed out of Beric The happiness that he wins comes very late in the story.Once I did get reading it, though, it was quietly compelling Not comfortable or comforting not like The Eagle of the Ninth is for me but good.

  4. says:

    You run out of words for Rosemary Sutcliff after a while.She is the king s feast of the reading world Her prose is stunning every single time and I really wish her books were in every literature program and book list around the world Not only does she combine moving plots and sympathetic characters, she also has a suburb knack of capturing the smallest details without bogging down in them.Beric s childhood is a really vivid part From the time he comes to them as an infant, lashed to his parents in the storm to the time when he is cast out and forces his dog to stay behind I loved his passion before the fire when the clan men are going to bar him from joining the training with the other boys Sutcliff starts the story with a gentle, constant rhythm that pulls you in and keeps you turning pages.Justinius is charactergoals He made me cry reading whilst we were riding in the car and I love him with all the love He s manly and gentle and kind and stalwart in the face of duty For him alone, this book is worth reading, but coupled with all the grandness that is Rosemary Sutcliff, he s the crowning gem in a box of gourmet chocolates.There was a brief point where I didn t think the emotion was drawn out properly, when Beric had to make a final choice and fight a major battle I thought the choice was made too quickly, and the battle should have been captured in a shorter span of time, but perhaps that was due to a slightly disjointed reading at the end.But the end, in all its bittersweet glory, felt just right If you ve read Sutcliff, and like her, you ll definitely want to read Outcast It s a story of wandering, injustice, and a tenacious hold on life that is not to be missed.

  5. says:

    I am so glad my first read of 2017 has been a beloved Rosemary Sutcliff novel I do love this writer so much she rarely blows me away with a brilliant plot or heart stopping sequence of events Instead she captures my heart in a quiet, throat catching way, with her beautiful writing and descriptive language and the way she can capture the little emotions of hearth and home and belonging and finding new hope after much pain, betrayal and sorrow I just love what Sutcliff does with those themes and things This novel was really special in that way it didn t blow me away, and it isn t my favourite Sutcliff but it was solid and rich and beautiful I, as I always do, have a soft spot for novels set in Ancient Rome, or Roman Britain, and stories with the Roman legion, or galley slaves and the city of Rome and ships and Legates and centurions and things it is pretty great So on that level, I loved Outcast In some ways, the plot was a bit predictable, and the writing a bit slow in the second half However, the writing had some glorious gems of description that caught in my chest, and were just ahh Beautiful I loved Sutcliff s way of describing the change of seasons, and Beric was a character I rooted for and loved The ending was so beautiful, it won for me the 5 stars at the end, just because of it s genuine raw ness and heart, despite a slow middle Basically, go read Sutcliff, friends

  6. says:

    After a fantastic start this was strangely anticlimactic, verging on quite boring by the end I couldn t understand it I think the fact that there was a total of 2 female characters in the entire book might ve had something to do with it so boring I was a bit confused that Beric didn t seem to care much when he found out he was Titus s son, even though he spent most of the book obsessing about feeling like an outcast in every society because he knew nothing about his real parents And why didn t he go back to Rome after finding out he was in fact Roman, to find Glaccus and Lucilla s husband conveniently dead so that he could marry her Would ve made a FAR better story I did like the fact that it was so well researched, especially the way most Romans were portrayed as viewing slaves as animals they referred to things like meat fed galley slaves and a well matched team of blonde haired litter bearers In a lot of historical fiction I think this idea is seen as too repugnant for the modern audience or something because whilst Romans are often shown being cruel to their slaves, they usually understand that they re human and treat them accordingly Or maybe the current social distate for slavery is so strong that modern authors find it hard to get into the ancient Roman mindset Who knows Anyway in conclusion I would definitely still like to read by this author.

  7. says:

    The quality of

  8. says:

    I love historical fiction, but I struggle to find books that feel authentic and are written well enough to satisfy me I read and adored Patrick O Brian s brilliant Aubrey and Maturin series over a period of about four years and for me they set the gold standard for historical novels I ve tried a few other popular and well respected authors recently and have been disappointed by their inability to pull off the hard trick of making modern English dialogue sound historically authentic, or by clunky plotting, or the lack of dramatic action or all of these So it was a relief to rediscover the peerless Rosemary Sutcliff, whose career as a children s novelist spanned over forty years I would suggest that the intensity of immersion in a particular period, the quality of her descriptive writing, and the way she handles plotting and action are superior to most current adult historical novelists Outcast is a case in point taut, action packed, brilliantly written and with a deep understanding of the Celtic and Roman world What I love most in Sutcliff s writing is the way she relates the physicality of felt experience few other writers are as good at describing the sound of a log settling in the ashes of an open fire, the glint of the light on the sea as seen from the land, or the feel of rain sodden clothing in a wild landscape with no shelter It s this, I think, that makes her novels feel so real, and so much of their time This book is set in a period where the weather and the landscape played a much important role in people s lives than today, and Rosemary Sutcliff is able to bring that to life very keenly.

  9. says:

    Beric is the only survivor of a Roman shipwreck He is brought up amongst a Celtic tribe, but is driven out when he grows up because he does not share the same blood When sleeping on what seems an accommodating ship, he is kidnapped and sold to slave traders Then a man who wants him to fight as a charioteer buys him One day, he loses his temper and pours wine on his master s head His master threatens to send him to work in the salt mines a horrible place where you can go mad and die Beric decides to escape and he runs away, not knowing where he ll run to.He is framed as a burglar and sent to work at the oar until he dies But Beric is stronger than he looks After two years of labouring at the oar, he is taken for dead and thrown overboard where he swims to shore He is found and his charge of being a burglar is cleared He is free to stay with Justinius, a kind, strong man who he found on shore Justinius looks after him before asking if he would like to stay forever And relieved Beric agrees, and sets up a new life on the marshy ground next to the sea.This book is difficult to get into, but once you re into it, it s difficult to put down It s grown up than other books I read, so it challenges me a bit and improves my reading I enjoy reading Rosemary Sutcliff s books.

  10. says:

    A Series of Unfortunate Events, basically infant Beric washes up on the Cornish shore, and after that anything that is good that happens to him is only so that he can be hurt when it s torn away from him But if you re into beautifully written, lovingly detailed whumpage, this is the book for you The storms are magnificent, the characters are interesting, and poor Beric really gets whumped I tend to prefer the BFF type of Sutcliff book, and obviously duh theme there is no BFF here for Beric All of the connections he forms are shattered, turning him into the titular outcast, save for the bare glance like a touch with Justinius who he doesn t meet again until the last quarter of the book, but which of course foreshadows him finally finding his place.I did not realize Justinius was quite that much older than Beric and was reading their instant connection as rather slashy, until their relationship was explicitly presented as father figure filial figure, and, oh, well.

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