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The Talisman

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"The Talisman" is Sir Walter Scott's tale of the Crusades--a tale of chivalry, violence, virtue, romance, and deceit.

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Michael S

The Original Talisman

by Michael S on Mar 17, 2013

Stephen King's & Peter Straub's The Talisman (1984) is a horror story. This is Sir Walter Scott's The Talisman (1825), a Crusaders' tale of religion, war, and romance. If you can leave behind your 21st-century prejudices of what constitutes a good novel, you may find yourself swept away by this narrative (a relatively short one for the verbose Scott) and come to understand why Scott was so popular in his time. Occasionally slow at first, it eventually picks up the pace and becomes a true page-turner. There are better-written, more engaging Scott novels (e.g., Ivanhoe and The Heart of Midlothian), but The Talisman is an enjoyable introduction to the works of this inventor of the modern historical novel.

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