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Ally loved and even though its owner refused him permission Columcille secretly copied it The copy was discovered and a dispute arose over who it belonged to Columcille who made it or the owner of the original So better was the argument that a battle was fought between the two men's powerful friends; although Columcille's side won the victory felt hollow to him To punish himself he set out in a ti. Similar to The Man Who Loved Books A downside to that similarity is the emphasis on being personally worthy to atone for one s sins I was also annoyed by the depiction of the Middle Ages as a time of widespread ignorance But I did like the emphasis on the treasure of and in books

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Across A Dark and Wild Sea

Ny boat vowing to leave Ireland forever A revered figure in Celtic history Columcille also known as Columbia founded the famous monastery on the Scottish island of Iona and left a legacy of learning that illuminated a corner of the Dark Ages History drama and a love of books and reading fill a story told here in exuisite watercolors and deflty understated prose by noted author and artist Don Brown. A great story of early Ireland and Columcille

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Columcille was born in a remote corner of Ireland in the year 521 Legend has it that as a child he was fed a cake filled with the letters of the alphabet and so learned to love writing He grew up to become a monk and a scribe a thousand years before the invention of printing when books had to be copied by hand There was one book a beautiful volume of psalms from distant Rome that Columcille especi. I wanted to like this book I enjoyed the little historical background illustrations that showed how a coracle was constructed the order of strokes for the uncial alphabet and the steps in cutting a uill pen But puhleeze could we dispense with the depiction of the Middle Ages as the Dark Ages a period of ignorance and the shadow it cast over people s mind That s such a tired old stereotype And despite the mention of monasteries and scribes the religious element of Columcille s story was totally excisedA better choice would be The Man Who Loved Books by Jean Fritz I blogged about it here


10 thoughts on “Across A Dark and Wild Sea

  1. says:

    I wanted to like this book I enjoyed the little historical background illustrations that showed how a coracle was constructed the order of strokes for the uncial alphabet and the steps in cutting a uill pen But puhleeze could we dispense with

  2. says:

    This is a fascinating picture book biography of monk Columcille koll' m kill aka Saint Columba 521 597 He was a scribe responsible for transcribing than 300 books helping to rescue books and reading from obscurity during the Dark Ages It tells of his life in Ireland and then his self exile to Scotland I did not think th

  3. says:

    This is book that documents the life of Columcille He was born to an Irish king in 521 and was a well looked up to and known figure in Celtic history Learning reading and writing during this time were seen as something rar

  4. says:

    this should be a charming book primarily about the childhood of st Columba And the illustrations are wonderful however i find it astonishing th

  5. says:

    Across a Dark and Wild Sea is about Columcille He is living in the Dark Ages in 1572 He is said to have ate a cake filled with letters of the

  6. says:

    Similar to The Man Who Loved Books A downside to that similarity is the emphasis on being personally worthy to atone for one's sins I was also annoyed by the depiction of the Middle Ages as a time of widespread ignorance Bu

  7. says:

    A great story of early Ireland and Columcille

  8. says:

    The book 'Across a Dark Wild Sea' by Don Brown follows the journey of a writer Columcille Columcille was born a very long time ago and rumor has it that when he was younger he was given cake with alphabetical letters in it The legend

  9. says:

    Across a Dark and Wild Sea was written and illustrated by Don Brown The illustrations were uniue and beautiful and went perfectly with the story The book was about Columcille and his journey through life He was a monk prince scribe bard and he was determined to create a copy of Finnian's book in order to have a copy for himself even though Fi

  10. says:

    In conjunction with Story of the World Vol 2 I thought this was a nice picture book biography and view into life in the 6th century We are so tired of reading about wars in SotW and so to read about 3000 killed over a book was sickening Not that books aren't valuable But the truth hurts eh? Loved the watercolor