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The author of the book: Rosemary Sutcliff
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Edition: RHCP Digital
Date of issue: February 28th 2014
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This is the story of Drem, a boy of the Bronze Age, who wishes to take his Warrior Scarlet, the kilt that signifies that he is a full, adult member of the Tribe. Alas, he has a withered right arm, so the oddas are against him.
Warrior Scarlet is, like most of Rosemary Stucliff's books, beautifully written, particularly the descriptive passages that describe seasonal activities as the year wears on. Like always, when reading one of Sutcliff's books, I feel not only that I've been entertained by a story, but also that I've been living in another culture, another time, for a while--I feel like I know something about history when I read her books.
This is a coming-of-age story, of course, and follows Drem in his growing maturity. But it is also a story of his journey to compassion. At the beginning of the novel, he treats people thoughtlessly; but his suffering enables him to grow in his fellow-feeling for others, and the novel ends with his passage into not merely adulthood, but a kind of maturity of compassion.
The reason I give this book three stars instead of four is that the plot is really very predictable. I was about ten pages ahead all the way. Perhaps if I were reading Warrior Scarlet as a child, instead of an adult, I would not find it so. As it is, however, there were really no surprises. I kept reading because I enjoyed the Bronze Age world (about which I had known nothign previously), and because the characters were interesting--I almost never felt like I didn't know exactly what was going to happen next.
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Read information about the authorRosemary 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 father was stationed as a naval officer. She contracted Still's Disease when she was very young and was confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. Due to her chronic sickness, she spent the majority of her time with her mother, a tireless storyteller, from whom she learned many of the Celtic and Saxon legends that she would later expand into works of historical fiction. Her early schooling being continually interrupted by moving house and her disabling condition, Sutcliff didn't learn to read until she was nine, and left school at fourteen to enter the Bideford Art School, which she attended for three years, graduating from the General Art Course. She then worked as a painter of miniatures.
Rosemary Sutcliff began her career as a writer in 1950 with The Chronicles of Robin Hood. She found her voice when she wrote The Eagle of the Ninth in 1954. In 1959, she won the Carnegie Medal for The Lantern Bearers and was runner-up in 1972 with Tristan and Iseult. In 1974 she was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her The Mark of the Horse Lord won the first Phoenix Award in 1985.
Sutcliff lived for many years in Walberton near Arundel, Sussex. In 1975 she was appointed OBE for services to Children's Literature and promoted to CBE in 1992. She wrote incessantly throughout her life, and was still writing on the morning of her death. She never married.
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