Cornwall, in this speculative fiction novel, puts
forth a potentially convincing story about how Stonehenge
was built. Set in the times of the Bronze age , interspersed
with meticulously researched details , he writes an
interesting tale of humanity. Stonehenge celebrates
mankinds amazing fortitude , perserverence ingenuity
and enterprise as well as the wretchedness , selfishness
, and ugliness of mankind. The end of the book explains
the Facts or Findings as we have come to understand
them and if you were unaware of this knowledge prior
to reading you will be amazed how he wove them all
into the story which on the surface is
a massive undertaking of moving tons of rock many
miles with simple tools and technology. In fact ,
I believe the story tells much more than that.
Can you see the parallels to todays society. "today"
can be stretched from renaisance til now , from medieval
times , or simply the last century. Religion has always
been a driving force in Man`s society including loose
hunter-gathering societies to complex city-state republics.
Many horrible atrocities were performed because of
religion and religious zealots from as early as we
can determine until today and thru til tomorrow. Is
the author atheist , agnostic. Or is he deeply spiritual
and is amazed at the differing spirituality of times
past ; despite its backwardness it assures his own
piety. The fact that men have always worshipped a
higher power can be used as an argument for or against
I am unsure if I liked this book , which may mean
it was good. Like in the movies , when a villain is
played well , you do not like him. I found All the
ugly characters in this book, and their ignorant ambitions
, and their awful treatment of eachother revolting
and upsetting. Yet history has confirmed that this
is mankinds lot in all its glory and all its ugliness.
Lengar and Camaban were narcissistic and egomaniacal
, though Camaban had an excuse , just look at his
childhood. Saban on the other hand was opposite ,
he was altruistic and benevolent.
Yet ,Saban at times acted spineless , though he had
core values that he always defended and upheld , he
had a knack for allowing himself to be abused. Even
when he was trying to help , (derwynn said in so many
words"Saban never intends any harm , he walks
thru life without trying to bring harm yet always
misery follows him") he still brought injustices
upon those around him.
Lengar , Camaban , Aurella , all had ideals and dreams
of what life should hold for them though all appeared
to me as unattainable. Saban , like his dad wanted
happiness through peace and tranquility , having and
enjoying a family, providing for all the tribes people
, hard work towards a goal. He didn`t look for happiness
in the stars or the sun.
Lengar only cared about his own power and glory.
His selfishness even made it impossible for him to
interact fairly with other tribes. He ambushed every
"peaceful" arrangement made during his short
reign. Even his religious beliefs were primarily for
his own benefit. He avoided Camaban , maybe even feared
him , as Camaban as the voice of a god , could outshine
him and undermine him.
Camaban was a zealot. I found it funny that he SAW
THRU many of the religious leaders "fake piety".
When High or lesser priests made announcements he
Yawned (mentioned many times in the book) yet He truly
believed that he felt the sun-god`s presence and that
the sun-god actually spoke to him.
In the end , after all the hoots and hollers of the
Zealots , nothing happened but a quick and painful
demise for all and regular life went on.
I thought it was telling when Saban told derwynn that
if Slaol does not come , then he has build an amazing
temple with amazing effort and thats that.
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